Yesterday a rumor emerged that the Tesla P85D would be getting a big acceleration improvement, taking its 0 to 60 MPH time from 3.2 seconds down to 2.8 seconds. Well that rumor turned out to be half true, as Elon Musk tweeted that an upcoming software update for the inverter of the Tesla P85D would improve acceleration by one-tenth of a second, to 3.1 seconds.
That’s the official party line anyway. In Motor Trend’s testing though, they found the P85D actually launched from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.1 seconds, and a few new owners have made similar claims. Going by Elon Musk’s numbers though, that extra one-tenth of a second may not seem like much, but at least on paper it makes the Tesla P85D as fast as a whole new group of supercars like the new Ferrari F60 America, the Lamborghini Huracan LP-140, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
Tesla P85D 0 to 60mph acceleration will improve by ~0.1 sec soon via over-the-air software update to inverter algorithm
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2015
The speed is an impressive feat in and of itself. Now add in the fact that Tesla managed to give this update to all its P85D customers without a single one bringing their car into the shop, and you’ve got a recipe for a truly magic automobile. All it took was a few tweaks to the inverter algorithm, and whammo, the P85D gets just a smidgen faster.
That’s what Tesla haters don’t get; it’s more than just an electric car. It’s techie. It’s trendy. It’s all the best things about the 21st century wrapped around a luxury automobile. It feels a lot more like “the future” than anything else on the road. Sure, the Tesla P85D didn’t get quite the bump in acceleration that the rumor forecast, but what’s to say that 2.8 seconds isn’t achieve with another update or two? Musk has already shown with the Tesla Roadster 3.0 upgrade that he plans to support his products well after the last payment is made.
That’s how you change the auto industry.