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Tesla’s Model S 100D is much quicker than advertised, 0-60 in “Chill” tested

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Tesla quietly improved performance on the Model S and Model X over the summer, cutting down 0-60mph times on vehicleÂ’s equipped with a 75kWh or non-performance 100kWh battery pack by roughly 1-second.

According to Tesla’s online configurator for Model S, the 335-mile range 100D can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds, or roughly the same acceleration as Tesla’s original single-motor, performance Model S P85. However, Tesla may very well be 

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, according to Drag Times.

A test of a recent production Tesla Model S 100D revealed that the vehicle can accelerate nearly 15% quicker than what the company advertises. In addition to laying down an impressive 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds, as Drag Times is best known to do in their series of 

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, the vehicle was also able to significantly dial down its acceleration using the latest
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. With Chill enabled, 0-60mph slowed to a crawl at 7.2 seconds.

Tesla’s motive for under rating its vehicles could be seen as a way to create a large enough differentiation  between its expensive, flagship vehicle, and lesser optioned cars. We’ve seen this happen on the Long Range Model 3 after EPA data suggested that the all-electric sedan could actually have

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, a figure that hits a little too close to home for TeslaÂ’s Model S P100D.

Watch as Drag Times demonstrates the differences between Standard acceleration and Chill.

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