Posted on February 27, 2015 by Matt Pressman
So what is this all about? Well... it turns out that the Tesla Model S has a hidden easter egg that unlocks a "James Bond" setting which features the sleek Lotus Espirit that was driven on land (and under sea) in the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" -- very, very cool.
Photos: (top) Lotus Espirit from Bond movie at auction; (middle) car from "Spy Who Loved Me" on land; (bottom) car from "Spy Who Loved Me" submerged under water
Tesla CEO Elon Musk bought the Bond car at auction last year for almost $1 million and plans to convert the vehicle so it can actually (in the real world) drive on land and under water. If you doubt he can do it, remember that Elon Musk also happens to run Space X.
So, why would Tesla include this hidden feature? Well, it turns out that the Tesla Model S has a lot of cool, yet cheeky, features. For one, the stereo goes to "11" as a subtle nod to the cult hit movie "This is Spinal Tap." Another feature is the "Insane" button available on the new P85D top-of-the-line, dual motor, Tesla supercar which allows 0-60mph acceleration in a blistering 3.1 seconds. We're guessing the next software update may include a "Ludicrous Speed" button as a tribute to Mel Brooks' "Space Balls."
Nevertheless, after being hidden for almost a year, the "James Bond" feature was unlocked yesterday on Instagram (hat tip to Instagram'er: great.white.buffalo). Then it was deemed a hoax -- many were convinced it was a photoshop fake. But, Jalopnik called Tesla Motors for confirmation, and, their answer was: yes, it's real. It was a concealed secret within Tesla's software update v.5.9. So let's get to it... how is it unlocked*? Check the video below...
*Hat tip to Chris Crewdson (on youtube) who gave us the scoop. Note: To disable this "James Bond" setting, simply reboot the dash, or close controls, repeat the T process and it goes away.
Right now, it's just a cool screen image on the ultra-impressive, huge center console screen in the Model S, but, soon -- knowing Elon Musk -- it should enable something like this...