Tesla Model 3: BMW M3-rivalling Performance version confirmed

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Elon Musk reveals two dual motor, all-wheel-drive Model 3 variants, including a 155mph Performance version that he claims “will beat anything in its class on track”

Tesla boss Elon Musk has revealed the specs for a 155mph all-wheel-drive Performance version of the Model 3 designed to rival the BMW M3, which he claims will “beat anything in its class on the track.”

The South African released the details in a series of tweets, confirming both a dual motor all-wheel-drive Model 3, and the Performance variant, which will use a similar powertrain design. Similar to dual motor models being developed by other manufacturers, the all-wheel-drive system will feature motors at the front and rear of the car.

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Musk said the AWD option would add $5000 [£3700] to the $35,000 [£26,000] base price of the car in the USA, and would allow the car to reach 0-60mph in 4.5 second, with a 140mph top speed and a 310-mile range.

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According to Musk, the Performance version will do 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph and the same 310-mile range. Musk did not disclose battery capacity or the power output of the motors. He said the model would cost $78,000 [£58,000], and could include all options aside from the Autopilot mode.

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Musk described the driving feel of the two dual motor models as “amazing.” Musk noted the cost of the Performance version was similar to the BMW M3, but claimed it was “15% quicker and with better handling. Will beat anything in its class on the track.”

The standard Model 3, which Autocar tested recently, has a 140mph top speed and a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds from a rear-mounted single motor, which produces around 271bhp. The base Model 3 has a 220-mile US combined driving cycle range, which increases to 310 miles with an option 75kWh long range battery.

Musk did not state when the new versions would be available, although it’s understood deliveries could start around July.

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Source: Autocar Online

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