Tesla's Insane Mode apparently wasn't crazy enough.
The electric-vehicle maker, channeling one of the more absurd moments of the Mel Brooks comedy Spaceballs, announced a $10,000 option on its newest Model S variant that runs from 0 to 60 mph in a face-stretching 2.8 seconds -- a feature Tesla calls "Ludicrous Mode."
That compares with the now-seemingly leisurely time of 3.2 seconds for the "Insane Mode" setting included on Tesla's previous high-end model, the Model S P85D.
Zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds puts the Model S, a large sedan, in the realm of some of the fastest sports cars on the road today: It's faster than Porsche's top-end 911 Turbo S, which needs 2.9 seconds to hit the same speed.
Tesla also announced two additional Model S variants: a new rear-wheel-drive base model called the 70, which will start at $70,000 before any incentives, and a longer-range 90 model that uses a 90 kWh battery for about 300 miles of highway range on a single charge.
The $10,000 Ludicrous Mode option is available on the P90D, now the top end of the Model S line, which has a base price of $119,200, including shipping. Buyers of the recently launched awd P85D will be able to upgrade their cars to include the Ludicrous Mode for $5,000, plus the labor cost of the hardware upgrades the new mode requires.