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Tesla Chills Out Model S, Model X Acceleration

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CARS.COM — Tesla’s latest software update for its Model S sedan and Model X crossover includes two new features to improve driver and passenger convenience. One moves the driver’s seat and steering wheel to facilitate easier entry and egress. The bigger news, though, is one that cools off the electric cars’ wild acceleration: Chill Mode.

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Tesla cars are famous for their Insane and Ludicrous modes, settings that take full advantage of an electric motor’s ability to produce all of its torque instantly. A Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Plus and a fully charged battery was able to accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in 2.465 seconds, according to Road & Track. That sort of number is firmly in hypercar territory.

Not everyone wants that kind of acceleration all the time, however. Even normal acceleration in a Tesla might be too much for some; for those customers, there’s now Chill Mode. According to the release notes for the update, as reported by Electrek, “You can now choose between two acceleration options in your vehicle: Chill and Standard. Chill makes acceleration more gradual – ideal for smoother driving and a gentler ride for your passengers.”

This is great news for Tesla drivers who regularly drive with passengers, and perhaps even those who live in more wintry areas of the world. And, since we’ve thus far been merciful enough to spare you all the terrible Mr. Freeze puns from 1997’s “Batman & Robin,” here they are all at once:

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Road Test Editor Brian Normile joined the automotive industry and Cars.com in 2013, and he became part of the Editorial staff in 2014. Brian spent his childhood devouring every car magazine he got his hands on — not literally, eventually — and now reviews and tests vehicles to help consumers make informed choices. Someday, Brian hopes to learn what to do with his hands when he’s reviewing a car on camera. He would daily-drive an Alfa Romeo 4C if he could. Email Brian Normile

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