Tesla Model S is now the world's quickest vehicle

"Launching a Model S P100D (weighing 5,062 with gear and driver) in full-on Ludicrous Easter-egg mode snaps your body in a manner that is utterly impossible to replicate in any other street-legal production vehicle on normal tires and dry asphalt at a mid-$100,000 price point", Motor Trend said. The P100D's base price is $135,700.

According to the magazine, this is the first time a production auto has ever cracked 2.3 seconds during testing.

During a recent test by Motor Trend, the Tesla Model S P100D managed to reach 60mph from a standstill in just 2.28 seconds. Once this setting is primed, the driver can utilise a "launch control" sequence with the brake and accelerator pedals to move the vehicle at maximum possible acceleration. Motor Trend says, "We start our acceleration clock the way the NHRA [National Hot Rod Association] does: when the front tires cross the 1-foot mark".

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The Motor Trend test was inspired by an Elon Musk tweet on January 12 suggesting the P100D could scamper to 60 in 2.34 seconds after the Ludicrous Mode Easter egg upgrade.

Cite all the super fast cars that you can think of: LaFerrari, McLaren P1, Porsche's 918 Spyder, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The Tesla Model S, on other hand, has two spacious trunks and can seat up to seven, including two small children facing rearward. In fact, these are the next-closest production vehicles in terms of 0-60mph (97km/h) acceleration, with the 918 and LaFerrari recording a 2.4-second time. The Tesla P100D also broke the 10.5-second quarter mile record in the process, according to Tech Crunch. Both a Tesla Model S and a 911 Turbo S Can hit the quarter-mile mark at 10.5 seconds, but after this point it's where traditional gasoline powered vehicle's make up the difference, with a Tesla at the quarter-mile point doing 125 miles per hour and the Porsche 131.8mph. Now, before you compare this real world test to the official 2.6s performance of the P100D Ludicrous+, there's something we need to discuss.