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IN STORES: Super Fast Tesla Hits “Ludicrous Mode”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla Motors says it’s adding a new “Ludicrous Mode” to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car.

CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the upgrade will cost $10,000 for new buyers of the Model S, whose base price is $70,000. Current Model S owners will be able to get the upgrade for $5,000 plus the cost of installation in the next six months.

It will allow the car to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. Tesla had referred to a previous package as “Insane Mode.”

The name “ludicrous mode” comes from Mel Brooks’ 1987 “Star Wars” spoof “Spaceballs,” where a spaceship is able to surpass light speed – traveling so fast it turns plaid. Tesla said the next version of its Roadster car will have a “maximum plaid” speed, but that Roadster won’t be available for another four years.

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