'Bioweapon defence mode' on the new Tesla X is not a joke

Tesla unveiled its new Model X SUV crossover at a massive gathering in Fremont, California. CEO Elon Musk gave thorough presentation of the many capabilities of the $US132,000 electric crossover.  Equipped with two electric motors and a 90 kWh battery pack, the Model X P90D equipped with Ludicrous Mode can reach 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. In addition, the 5,400-pound P90D can go 250 miles on a single charge.

Musk outlined many of the Model X’s standout features including its Falcon Wing doors, panoramic windshield, intuitive automatic doors and monopost seats.

But the introduction of one surprising feature generated some of the biggest cheers of the night.

Musk opened the presentation going over the practical features of the Model X such as side impact production.

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Eventually he moved on to the crossover's impressive cabin air filtration system.

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Although the Model X's innovative air filters can virtually eliminate all harmful particulates and bacteria from the cabin, it didn't quite capture the imagination of the crowd.

Then Musk introduced the air filtration system's 'Bioweapon Defence Mode.'

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At first the crowd filled with thousands of Tesla customers didn't know how to respond. Tesla is known for using over-the-top names -- like Ludicrous mode -- for some of its cars' features.

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But when the Tesla CEO confirmed that this is indeed an actual feature found in the car's ventilation system, the crowd erupted in some of the loudest cheers of the night.

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Tesla claims the Model X features a trio of filters capable of scrubbing the air to the cleanliness quality of a hospital operating room.

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'We are trying to be a leader in apocalyptic defence scenarios,' Musk said in jest.

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