It’s pretty widely known at this point that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk purchased the Lotus Espirit submarine-car used on the set of the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. It can probably be assumed, then, that the executive is a fan of that particular invention of the silver screen.
As such, maybe it’s fitting that the Tesla Model S sedan features an homage of sorts to the submersible James Bond Lotus, buried within the car’s menu system.
Autoblog reports that the Model S Easter egg is found simply by holding the “T” logo at the top of the screen to access the technician login, and typing “007” as the password. Then, go into the Suspension submenu, and lo and behold; the typical image of the front quarter of the Model S sedan has changed to depict the James Bond Lotus submarine. Instead of ride height adjustments, you can now select the car’s “depth” in leagues, up to 20,000.
This Model S Easter egg was first introduced in the version 5.9 upgrade to the car’s software, but we’ve been told it won’t actually enable the sedan to dive into large bodies of water – at least not reliably and without loss of life or warranty. We’re not sure when that update will come along.