Tesla Model S P100D gets 0.1 second faster with software update

November 17, 2016

Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer created a makeup gun "for women who only have four-fifths of a second to get ready"? Well, if you're that pressed for time, Tesla's new software update will be an absolute godsend.

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told eager electric-car fans that they can now purchase one of the company's Model S sedans with a full glass roof. At the same time, he hinted that an upcoming software update would unlock more power from Tesla's top-of-the-line Model S P100D.

How much additional oomph lurks inside the car's 100 kWh battery? According to a tweet from Musk himself...

Since the Model S P100D already makes the dash from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, the new software offers a gain of 0.1 second. (Though taking advantage of that will certainly reduce the model's range, which is currently 315 miles per charge.)

The improvement on the model's quarter-mile time is somewhat more impressive, shaving 0.18 seconds off of the current 10.78 seconds.

Those gains may not change the opinions of industry analysts, who been a little meh about the P100D. But for electric-car enthusiasts and performance nuts, those split-second improvements--paired with the P100D's pricetag of roughly $135,000--might be enough to turn some heads away from pricier supercars.

If you own a Tesla Model S P100D, expect the over-the-air software update next month.

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