With an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h), the Tesla Model S is one of the fastest electric cars on sale today. However, it could use some extra km/h on Germany’s unrestricted sections of Autobahn and this is why Tesla will offer German Model S owners custom tuning for high-speed driving.
The announcement was made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the company’s service center in Munich, Germany, this week. The exec said Tesla will offer customers free custom high-speed tuning to make driving above the 130 km/h (81 mph) recommended speed more refined and enjoyable.
“I was just driving the Model S on the Autobahn, on one of the unrestricted sections. It was a lot of fun. But for Buyers of the Model S, we’ll offer a free, optional high-speed tuning,” Musk said.
“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 added. Musk also said that he will send his top engineers from California to Germany to make sure Model S cars there were perfectly tuned for Autobahn driving.
Although Musk didn’t state it explicitly, the Model S with the high-speed tuning is expected to have an increased top speed and not just feel better at speeds of over 130 km/h. The CEO also announced a massive rollout of Supercharger stations across Germany, promising that more than half of the country’s population would be within range of a Supercharger. By the end of 2014, Tesla wants to have the whole country covered.
By Dan Mihalascu
Story References: Transport Evolved