Tesla’s latest update didn’t only introduced a new Easter Egg that changes the animation of the road detected by the Autopilot to a Mario Kart-style rainbow road, we learn that it also enabled an interesting new feature that can modify the performance settings of Tesla vehicles to the performances of other models.

For example, the feature allows to set the performance settings of a Model S P90D to the settings of anything from a Model S 70 to 90D.

Of course, it’s only a software upgrade and therefore the feature can only downgrade the performance of the vehicle since it is still limited by its hardware – a performance motor can’t replicate the output of Tesla’s standard motor and you have the same problem with a 70 kWh battery pack to a 90 kWh pack.

Though it can still be particularly useful for test drives. A single vehicle can showcase the handling of all other trims. Tesla can wow potential customers with the performance of the P90D and if it’s too rich for their blood, quickly change the setting to a 70D and demonstrate how the vehicle performs.

At this point, I have enjoyed quite a few test drives in Tesla vehicles. I always had great experiences with very knowledgeable representatives, or sometime even with owners acting as brand ambassadors, I can only imagine this new feature being quite useful in the same context. Though I don’t see any other applications for it.

Can you think of any? Let us know in the comment section.

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