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Tesla cars get faster as company announces new 100-kilowatt battery

Tesla says it now has the fastest production vehicle in the world with the Model S P100D with "Ludicrous mode".

Tesla has raised the bar once again with the next phase of the Model S and Model X, introducing the P100D package.

The cars which hold the number one and two spots-the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder, respectively-were limited run, million dollar vehicles.

Tesla Motors Inc crowned itself the maker of the world's fastest production vehicle on Tuesday, saying a new version of its Model S all-electric sedan can accelerate from 0-97 kilometers per hour in just 2-1/2 seconds.

Musk said the battery cell chemistry was the same as in previous Tesla models, but the battery pack was reconfigured to store more energy in the same space and handle increased cooling requirements.

In the United States customers who have purchased, but haven't received, their Model S or Model X P90D model with Ludicrous Mode, can have their cars upgraded to the new P100D Ludicrous Mode specification for US$10,000 ($13,000).

Opt for the Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode and you get serious performance. And as the name also suggests, it has a bonkers sprint time allied to a claimed 315 miles of range.

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What may be even more impressive is the upgrade for the Model X SUV.

What's the fastest accelerating vehicle in the world that you can buy without a special order and for a relatively affordable price compared to other high performance cars? But Musk said those were.million-dollar, two-seater specialty cars that can not be purchased new today.

However, after the announcement, shares of both Tesla and SolarCity gave up earlier gains of 2.49 per cent and 1.9 per cent, respectively.

Customers in the United States waiting for P90Ds with Ludicrous Mode can upgrade their order to P100D spec for $10,000 (Rs 6.31 lakh). For those already delivered, the battery pack upgrade will cost US$20,000.

In 2016, Tesla received almost 400,000 pre-orders for its Model 3, which will have a consumer-friendly starting price of $35,000. Tesla's ordering system has already opened for those seeking the 100 kWh batteries.

The new Model S P100D starts at a price of $134.500 while the new Model X 100D starts at the price of $135,500.

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