With a 0-60mph time of 4.2 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph, the Tesla Model S is the fastest all-electric car you can buy on the market today.
But for those lucky enough to live in Germany and own a Model S, Tesla will offer custom tuning for high-speed driving, ensuring those who have a Tesla won’t get left behind on Germany’s network of Autobahns, sections of which famously do not have a speed limit.
Announced yesterday evening by Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA] CEO Elon Musk at the Tesla service centre in Munich, the automaker will offer customers free custom high-speed tuning to make driving on unrestricted Autobahn sections as refined and enjoyable above the 130kph (80mph) Richtgeschwindlgkeit (advisory speed limit) as it is at lower speeds.
“I was just driving the Model S on the Autobahn, on one of the unrestricted sections. It was a lot of fun,” said Musk. “But for Buyers of the Model S, we’ll offer a free, optional high-speed tuning.”
“If you’re someone who likes to ride at the top speed on the Autobahn then we will tune the car. We’ll do a custom tune of the car to make it feel really great at top speed,” he continued. “In most other parts of the world, driving at over 200 kilometres per hour, you don’t have to worry about that.”
“In L.A., it’s tough to get above 50 kilometres per hour,” he joked, adding that he was sending his top engineering team from California to Germany to ensure German cars were perfectly tuned for Autobahn driving.
Of course, driving at or above the Model S’ usual top speed of 130 mph isn’t going to yield the same kind of range offered at lower speeds. To accommodate for this, and to support what Musk calls Tesla’s “third largest market after the U.S. and China,” Musk announced a massive rollout of Supercharger stations across Germany.
With six Supercharger stations already being built in Germany, Musk promised that by the end of March 2014, more than half the German population would be within range of a Supercharge. By the end of 2014, Tesla aims to have the whole country covered.
Moreover, because European Model S cars come with 11 kilowatt three-phase on-board chargers instead of single phase, 10 kilowatt on-board chargers — and Supercharger stations are built from the same chargers found on board the Model S — Tesla’s German and other European Superchargers will be capable of charging Tesla cars at up to 135 kilowatts, 15 kilowatts more powerful than their U.S. counterparts.
This will not only reduce the charging time for Model S owners, but make it even easier to make long-distance trips without worrying about spending hours recharging en-route.
It’s not clear if Tesla will offer custom tuning to all European customers or just those in Germany, but since it’s easy to drive between most European countries without even a passport check at the border, we’re guessing it will be fairly easy to get Europe-wide.
Anyone fancy a Tesla road-trip to Germany? Schnell!