The standard Model S by automaker Tesla Motors can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, which Business Insider reports is “pretty fast,” but the new dual-motor Model S introduced late last year can do it in a mere 3.2 seconds when “Insane Mode” has been engaged.
In comparison, the new Model S accelerates 0.7 seconds faster than the McLaren F1, which has an officially recorded 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.9 seconds.
Insane Mode can only be engaged once the vehicle has come to a complete stop. At which point, it can be toggled on and off with the press of a button located on the new digital console.
The “DragTimes” YouTube channel tests the acceleration and top speeds of some of the fastest cars in the world and they’ve created a compilation of people reacting to the acceleration unleashed by Tesla’s insane button on the Model S and as one woman exclaims, it’s “awesome!”
Tesla S is a full-sized, electric, five-door luxury vehicle produced by Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors. The car, which is also known by its research and preliminary development code name WhiteStar, has been in production since 2012 and is assembled in the United States and the Netherlands. The U.S.-based Tesla Factory is located in Fremont, California, near San Jose.
The 5-door liftback, which scored a perfect 5.0 NHTSA safety rating, is powered by a 416 bhp three-phase AC induction motor and uses a 1-speed fixed gear transmission.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the energy consumption rate of the Model S Performance model equipped with an 85 kWh battery at 237.5 Wh per kilometer, which equates into a combined fuel economy of 89 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent. The EPA’s official range for the car is 265 miles with an 85 kWh battery pack equipped.
Model S has been the recipient of awards such as the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Time Magazine‘s Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award, the highest scoring car Consumer Reports has ever covered, and the 2013 World Green Car of the Year.
All of the Model S cars are built and tested in Fremont, California. Those intended for the European market are disassembled and shipped to Tilburg, where they’re then reassembled.
The first ten Tesla customers to purchase the Model S received their cars at the Fremont factory during the official launch on June 22, 2012.
In related supercar news, Inquisitr reported that Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson is selling his twice-crashed McLaren F1 supercar and it can be yours if you have an extra $15 million to spare.
Does the “Insane Mode” on Tesla’s Model S really seem that insane to you?
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