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 โ€˜Ludicrousโ€™ 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