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Battery update makes Tesla Model S third-quickest car in the world



Speed that is electric!

With the announcement Tuesday of a new, larger battery option, the all-electric Tesla Model S sedan is now the third-fastest car (in terms of zero-to-60 mph speed) ever, the company says. Its speed off the starting line now matches the quickness of the gas-guzzling Porsche 991 and the Bugatti Veyron.

The Model S, formerly capable of going to zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, was already the quickest four-door sedan ever made. The new battery chops a tenth of a second off of that.

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It'll cost you

Of course, Tesla updates (whether hardware or software) always come at a high cost. The new 100 kWh battery necessary to up its quickness is a $20,000 mugging for current Model S owners. Though, in addition to a little more speed, it also brings a little more distance. The larger-battery version of the Model S can run 315 miles on a charge, more than a 20-mile improvement.

The starting price for the Model S is $66,000 but can balloon to $134,500 if you top it off with this new bigger battery and all the other luxury add-ons Tesla offers.

How about the Model 3?

Tesla didn't specify as part of Tuesday's announcement whether its upcoming everyman car, the Model 3, will come in a 100 kWh battery option for increased speed and distance.

Tesla began presales for the Model 3 - a more affordable, mainstream electric car - earlier this year at a starting price of $35,000. Tesla has said the barebones Model 3 will stock a battery smaller than what comes in the baseline Model S (which is 60 kWh).

$20,000 to make your car 0.1 of a second faster?

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