Tesla lays claim to world’s fastest production car

Associated Press

Tesla Motors says a new version of the Model S electric car is the quickest production car in the world to reach 60 mph.

The company says the Model S P100D sedan can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

The LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder with gas engines were faster, but they were million-dollar specialty cars that can no longer be bought new, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday.

The new P100D has a new 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack that extends the car’s range to about 315 miles. The top range of the previous Model S was 294 miles.

The new battery also is available on the Model X SUV. The heavier Model X P100D with the Ludicrous mode can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and go 289 miles on a single charge, Musk said.

Musk says the battery cell chemistry is the same, but Tesla had to reconfigure the battery pack to store more energy in the same space and handle increased cooling requirements.

New customers can pay $10,000 for the larger battery pack. Existing owners must pay $20,000 because their existing batteries must be recycled.

The Model S P100D starts at $134,500; the Model X P100D starts at $135,500. The SUV will be able to go from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Tesla, which announced the new versions in a call Tuesday, has been gradually upgrading the power delivered by its batteries and the performance of its cars for several years. Musk first unveiled models with the Ludicrous mode last year.

Tesla shares jumped Tuesday after Musk said on Twitter that the company would have a new product announcement, climbing as much as 2.5 percent to $228.49 before the call began. Tesla closed trading up 1.9 percent to $224.84.