Old school toilet humor • Great for pranks • High quality and realistic sounds
Gross • Immature • Potentially offensive
Bathroom humor will never go out of style. Tesla's speed mode will make you and your involuntary passengers laugh, or cringing and then laughing. It's a gas.
I took my first Tesla Model 3 test drive this week, and all I wanted to do was speed up the electric car.
The interior of the model 3 electric sedan is impressive, with extremely minimal design. In front you have the two-button steering wheel next to the horn, a gear selector and indicator control, and then pièce de résistance : the board.
Tesla 15-inch Tablets looks and feels like a giant iPad placed between the front seats. Here everything lives: your speedometer, climate control, charting, autopilot semi-autonomous driving system, radio and other music options, even the button to open the glove box. At one point I saw a flash bolt on the screen and had the sudden urge to click on it. Without thinking I opened the charging station on the left side of the car. Fortunately, a "close" button was easy enough to find.
The tablet is also where the elusive Easter egg "drawer" is located. Play with fun add-ons such as Atari video games, drawing boards, holiday apps and romance modes, featuring a crackling fireplace, sensual music and blasting heaters. There is also a Whoopee cushion icon. This was the app I was after.
Having got an overview of how the car works and what all the different buttons on the touchscreen steered, I reached for Tesla icon on home scr one. From there, I knew I could push open the hidden tricks and games, including the latest app: Emissions Testing Mode, also "speed mode."
Surely enough, I could control which seats in the ironic emission-free vehicle gave out a loud, harmful toot. Impressively, it sounded like they were coming from the passenger seat or back seat. There is a drop-down menu with tipper options, all named after jailed jokes and nods to other Tesla CEO Elon Musk ventures and interests.
One of the seven speed options, Ludicrous (named after the all-out setting on some Tesla vehicles that can ship the car virtually), was the best. That discharge option was perfectly juicy but realistic – all while still living in the humorous realm. It never got also disgusting. And (for now) it's an odorless experience, so it's more than tolerable. If you can't decide which speed you like best, it's a random gassing option.
You can also set the speeds to go off each time you use the answer signal, which is top ridicule.
Tesla's Easter egg is what gives the car a little more personality. Even though a speed button works the youth, you have to crack a smile on the silliness and admit it is a fun feature. Completely unnecessary, but a little extra to discover, enjoy and perhaps let go of your ignorant friends.
Emission test mode is just one of the tongue-in-cheek gemstones scattered through the car's interface. You can set "Navigate on Autopilot" – the semi-autonomous feature that allows the vehicle to take over slow cars on the road – from "mild" to "Mad Max."
Not as fun as speed mode. But maybe a little more useful.