Tesla Motors Inc.’s (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the upcoming Model 3 will have the Ludicrous Mode option. Musk made the revelation answering a Tesla Ludicrous mode fan’s tweet that asked if the mode that helps Tesla vehicles do 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds would be available in the Model 3.
The tweet posted by Mr. Musk on Friday marks a major upgrade for the relatively inexpensive $35,000 electric car. Ludicrous Mode is already available for the Model S and Model X but is not available for base models; instead owners can pay an extra $2500 for the option that supercharges these Tesla vehicles allowing them to do 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Musk had already revealed that the rear wheel drive Model 3 version would do zero to 60mph in six seconds but the tweet confirms that a Ludicrous mode will be available allowing the cars to accelerate much faster.
Considering the Model 3’s price point and the fact that its battery size is unknown, it’s been hard to nail down an exact number for how fast it will be able to accelerate. The Model 3 will have a steel frame in contrast to the Model S and Model X aluminum bodies and the battery pack is expected to be smaller considering that the Model 3 is 80% of the length of earlier Tesla sedans. Both factors point to a much tamer experience with Ludicrous Mode than Tesla owners are used to. Then again, considering the price point Tesla users will be getting a bang for their buck as it is, and the sports mode like acceleration features have to take a backseat to practicality and cost.