Elon Musk just revealed a new Tesla Easter egg — here are 15 other surprising facts about the electric cars

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk just revealed a new Easter egg for the Model S and Model X on Thursday.

After proclaiming his love for “Monty Python” on Twitter, Musk revealed that US drivers can ask their Teslas to play any skit from the comedy.

But that’s not the only surprising feature in Teslas. Scroll down for our list of Tesla Easter eggs and fun facts:


The Tesla CEO also turned his love of James Bond films into an Easter egg. Model S owners can hold down the “T” button to bring up the technician log-in screen, and typing in “007” will transform the car shown on the infotainment center into the submersible Lotus Esprit S1 car.

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The Easter egg changes the suspension into “depth (leagues).”


Musk also created an Easter egg to pay homage to his SpaceX ambitions. Just like the James Bond Easter egg, holding down the “T” button will prompt a request for an access code. Enter “Mars,” and your infotainment screen will turn into the red planet.

As part of that Easter egg, the rendering of your car will turn into SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System.


Another Tesla Easter egg lets you “drive” down Rainbow Road — just like in Mario Kart!

Clicking Autopilot four times in rapid succession will turn the road shown on Tesla’s infotainment console into a rainbow. Musk referred to it as a “psychedelic cowbell road.”


Musk is clearly a fan of rainbows, because pressing the button on Tesla’s charge handle will make the port flash in rainbow colors.


Musk wants Tesla’s car line to be the definition of sexy — literally. The Model S, Model X, and upcoming Model 3 are all part of a quest for the car line to spell SEXY or S3XY upon the release of Tesla’s eventual Model Y SUV.

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Tesla initially wanted the Model 3 to be dubbed the Model E, but that dream was dashed when Ford filed for the Model E trademark, leading to one of Musk’s more excellent quotes:

“Like, why did you go steal Tesla’s E? Like you’re some sort of fascist army marching across the alphabet, some sort of ‘Sesame Street’ robber?”

Unfortunately, the marketing strategy has led to confusion among buyers.


In addition to the Model Y, Tesla wants to produce an electric semi- and pickup truck in the future.

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Musk first announced in his “Master Plan, Part Deux” that Tesla would build an all-electric semitruck and pick-up truck. Musk plans to unveil the trucks in the next two years.


In 2013, the Tesla Model S broke the machine the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses for roof-crush evaluations.

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The Model S earned a 5.4 on the evaluation – impressive, considering cars are typically ranked on a scale of one to five stars.


That same year, the Tesla Model S became the first electric car to receive the Motor Trend Car of the Year honor.

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That’s right – at the time, it was the first electric car to win the award in its 64-year history.


Last year, the Tesla Model S became the first electric car to surpass a range of 300 miles.

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The Tesla P100D with Ludicrous mode bumps the Model S range up to 315 miles.


In February, a Model S beat a Porsche 911 in a first-of-its-kind speed test.

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The Tesla Model S P100D is the first production car to reach 60 mph in under 2.3 seconds, edging out a Porsche 911.


But there are other ways Tesla tries to stay competitive, like through its glass offerings.

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In 2013, the Model S came with the largest panoramic sunroof opening at the time. Tesla announced an all-glass roof for the Model S last month. Musk also recently announced that Tesla has a new glass division that’s developing new glass tech to use on the Model 3.

In November, Musk also said on Twitter that future Tesla vehicles may come with a solar roof.


The Model X can have the air quality of an operating room.

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Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode uses large HEPA – high-efficiency particulate arrestance – filters to neutralize harmful chemicals and pollution in the car’s cabin.


It’s technically illegal to drive the Model X over the Brooklyn Bridge.

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As Jalopnik pointed out, the Model X weighs over 6,000 pounds, exceeding the Brooklyn Bridge’s weight limit of 3 tons, or 6,000 pounds.


Autopilot has already slashed crash rates for Tesla vehicles.

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Since Autopilot was installed in 2015, crash rates for Tesla vehicles have fallen 40%.


To account for the cars being safer, insurance may be included with your future Tesla.

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Tesla is already selling insurance with its vehicles in Hong Kong and Australia and hopes to expand the program in the future.