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The Newest Model S Could be Quicker Than Tesla Admits

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Click “pause” on that Model S vs. supercar/fighter jet video, Tesla aficionados.

The newest Model S P90D will outrun last year’s top-shelf Tesla while in Ludicrous mode, according to acceleration tests published by Drag Times.

The 0-to-60 mph run was made in a fresh-off-the-line P90D by Brooks Weisblat. The Model S underwent a styling and content update earlier this year, though Tesla claims its power hasn’t changed. Weisblat’s Vbox sport performance meter says otherwise.

Tesla rates the P90D at 532 horsepower when equipped with Ludicrous mode, good for a 2.8-second 0-60 run. On a non-prepared roadway, Weisblat’s stock Model S returned a time of 2.65 seconds.

No stranger to fast launches, Weisblat was reportedly very surprised by the Tesla’s puissance. Just to make sure the acceleration figure wasn’t a weird fluke, he conducted the run again. Again, 2.65 seconds.

The automaker isn’t saying why the newest P90D appears to be faster than previous models. Speculation abounds, however, with the answer ranging from subtly improved aerodynamics to a secretly improved battery pack.

Watch the very brief run to 60 mph below:

[Image: Tesla Motors]

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