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Tesla Model S updated for Australia, P85D Ludicrous pack now available

The Tesla Model S updates introduced over the weekend have now been announced for Australia, with the top P85D packing the updated 568kW dual-motor powerplant.

Tesla Model S

Buyers can now enjoy a lower entry price for the Model S ranging thanks to the new Model S 70. It comes with a single 70kWh rear-wheel drive motor system developing 235kW, offering a 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds. It provides a full-charge range of about 420km.

Next up is the 85. It comes with an 85kWh battery producing 278kW, with 0-100km/h coming up in 5.6 seconds. It offers a maximum range of 502km. Both these variants have a top speed of 225km/h.

At the top of the range is the mighty P85D Performance. It uses an 85kWh battery system with a 193kW front motor and 375kW rear motor, for an insane combined output of 568kW. It is easily the most powerful production sedan on sale at the moment.

Using the ‘Ludicrous’ upgrade package ($13,500) and selecting the according driving mode, the P85D can cover 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds. The crazy speed is only achievable with the Range Upgrade package as well which comes with a 90kWh battery system. In standard configuration the flagship offers a range of 491km, with the Range Upgrade adding around 6 per cent.

Other cool options include a carbon fibre rear spoiler ($1350), and Autopilot ($3400) which is able to automatically drive the Tesla on the open road and in peak-hour traffic. Smart Air Suspension is a $3400 option, while a high fidelity sound system with 12 speakers and a sub-woofer is $3400.

Starting prices for the updated range are as follows (excluding on-roads). Head over to the local Tesla website for more on pricing and options. All Model S variants have been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

2015 Tesla Model S 70 – $100,100
2015 Tesla Model S 85 – $114,200
2015 Tesla Model S P85D – $148,000

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.