Tesla’s OTA update is another reminder of what we’re missing

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by Tom Harrison | Apr 26, 2020
PHOTO: TopGear.com

Own a Tesla Model S or X ‘Performance’? Well, your very fast car is about to get quicker still, thanks to an over-the-air software update the company has already started rolling out.

The update not only gives the flagship Model S and Model X more peak power (it’s not immediately clear how much), but also more power at around 130kph for better roll-on high-speed acceleration. It also improves the powertrain’s thermal endurance by a factor of three, Tesla claims, meaning you can drive faster for longer, or do more launches, without the car getting too hot and cutting power.

Meanwhile, launch control has been overhauled to make it easier to use and more effective than before. Part of that is the adaptive air suspension’s ‘cheetah stance,’ which drops the front axle and adjusts the damping for better traction. The result is 0-60mph (97kph) in a claimed 2.3sec.

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Simply engage Ludicrous Plus (the UI for doing so and preconditioning the battery has been simplified), left foot on the brake, floor the accelerator, wait for the suspension to drop, then release the brake. A couple of seconds later, you ought to be nearing 60mph.

We look forward to trying it out.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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