Thursday, September 24, 2020
News Tesla Updates Launch Mode With A Cheetah Stance And More Power

Tesla Updates Launch Mode With A Cheetah Stance And More Power

A software update from Tesla unleashes the Cheetah stance and more power.

  • New software update for launch modes adjusts the suspension into a Cheetah-like stance.

  • The update is for the Model S Raven and Model X Raven.

  • Apparently, the “Cheetah-stance upgrade also unlocks more power.


This game is very real. We say game because it’s abundantly clear that Tesla’s Performance models have so much more to give than the specs suggest. The latest “change” is featured in a software update for the included Launch Mode in Tesla Model X and Model S Performance Raven trims. The result is more power (upwards of 45-horsepower), more speed, and a new stance.

Also included in the update is a dashcam viewer mode but we’ll leave that story for another time. The important upgrade is the performance and Launch Mode Improvements. The Launch Mode now allows for more power and repeatability. The “cheetah stance” refers to the adaptive suspension lowering the front axle and adjusting damping overall.

If we’re to believe the internet (you should never believe what you read on the internet…), there are notable improvements to acceleration times according to DragTimes. As well, Launch Mode is now far more user-friendly.

What continues to amaze us is how Tesla is keeping its now older Model S (to a lesser extent, the Model X) fresh and desirable with simple OTA updates. We have to believe that the Model 3 and Model Y Performance iterations will get the same treatment and eventually earn the crazy upgrades in time.

Public Service Announcement: If you own a Tesla Model S or X Performance, here’s how you access launch mode: From the main menu, select “Controls”, then “Driving”, followed by Acceleration” and finally “Ludicrous.” Once here, simply follow the on-screen instructions.

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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