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Last week, Tesla announced it would be adding a Ludicrous mode to certain versions of the Tesla Model S. In that same press release, they noted a higher performance level was planned for the new Roadster due in four years. According to Motor Authority, the new performance level, dubbed “Maximum Plaid,” could see the upcoming Roadster out-accelerate the current Model S (which hits 60 mph in 2.8 seconds). This would put the Roadster on par with the fastest accelerating production vehicles currently available: the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and Porsche 918 Spyder (both of these hypercars reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds). The first generation Roadster left production in 2011 and has been delayed due to the upcoming launch of the Model X ― a mid-size SUV ― and the small sedan Model 3. The second generation Roadster will be built on Tesla’s ‘Gen 3’ architecture, which it will share with the Model 3, unlike the first generation that used a donor platform supplied by Lotus.