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Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) ‘Insane Mode’ Is an Acceleration Pretender

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Tesla Motors Inc Model S luxury sedan was claimed to accelerate extremely quickly, but now it has been found that it is not as fast as advertised. Consumer Reports found that Model S P85D took 3.5 sec. to go 0 to 60 miles per hour in the ‘insane mode.’

Best, but short of claims

Though the speed with which Model S sedan went from 0 to 60 miles per hour was the quickest ever tested by Consumer Reports, it failed to meet the firms claim of reaching the speed in 3.1 sec. Jake Fisher of Consumer Reports to the USA today that their test failed to meet the speed advertised by Tesla Motors .

Consumer Reports further said that based on the tests, it is not very confident on Tesla’s new “ludicrous” mode hitting 60 mph in 2.8 sec., as is claimed by the firm. Despite its size, Tesla Motors  was able to match the acceleration, braking and emergency handling of a sports car, said the report. Fisher said, “When it says ‘insane mode’, it really means it.”

Tesla car clears all tests

Tesla Motors Model S P85D performed well in a test designed by Consumer Reports that simulates a car moving out of lane to avoid an obstacle, and then comes back again to its lane to avoid the oncoming traffic. Tesla car ran at a speed of 55.5 miles per hour and completed the test safely. Tesla P85D is a luxury sedan, and the speed with which it completed the test puts it in performance cars segment.

Another criterion that defines how efficient a car is its ability to quickly cut speed to make turns safely. Braking of the Tesla Motors P85D was also tested by Consumer Reports. The outlet found the vehicle came to a complete stop in 129 ft. on wet pavement and only 118 ft. on a dry pavement. This is very impressive for a luxury sedan, and equals the performance of a sports car, said the report.

“Ludicrous Mode” is stupid

Much like Consumer Reports, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is also not excited with Tesla’s ‘Ludicrous Mode.’ As reported by Automotive News, Palmer recently revealed plans of an all-electric Rapide with around 800 hp. This vehicle won’t come with a Tesla-like ‘Ludicrous Mode’ as Aston’s CEO feels it is “stupid.”

“We don’t do Ludicrous because Ludicrous speed is stupid,” Palmer told Automotive News. He further said the ability of a vehicle to run 500 mtr. in Ludicrous Mode is not very interesting, instead driving a “few laps of a decent race course or race it around the Nordschleife is much more interesting.”

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Adam Green is an experienced writer and fintech enthusiast. He he worked with LearnBonds.com since 2019 and covers a range of areas including: personal finance, savings, bonds and taxes.

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