Tesla is preparing a “cheetah” mode for cannon starts

Intended for Tesla Model S and X equipped with the new “Raven” powertrain, this stopped starting mode would bring a power gain equivalent to 46 hp. We see it here in action.

With the success of Model 3Tesla quickly understood that it would have to offer a makeover to its Model S and X on pain of seeing their sales cannibalized by its new more affordable sedan. Among the changes decided upon, the replacement of linear induction motors with permanent magnet motors fitted to the Model 3. An option bearing the code name “Raven” and reserved for Model S and X Performance and Long Range which is accompanied by ” an adaptive air suspension.

On this new basis, Tesla set out to change performance with software updates. And one of the improvements to come consists of a new “ cheetah  ” stopped start mode for starting up that nails the driver to his seat. The update is not yet officially available, but some privileged people participating in Tesla’s preview access program benefit from it. The YouTube channel DragTimes was able to carry out a test of a Model S Performance Raven with this cheetah mode which pushes the peak power to 614 kW, which represents a gain of 34 kW compared to the standard configuration, or 46 hp of power. more.

0 to 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds

Once this start mode is activated, the adaptive air suspension lowers the ride height of the front axle, the car taking a break which, according to Tesla, is similar to that of a cheetah ready to pounce. The metaphor is worth what it is worth, but the result seems devilishly effective. The Model S Performance Raven filmed here shoots 0 to 100 km / h in 2.4 seconds. The “standard” Model S Performance is given for 2.6 seconds.

For the moment we do not yet know when this “cheetah” mode will be pushed via an update on compatible Model S and X.