Tesla Model 3 wants to fight the BMW M3
Elon announces all-wheeldrive performance versions of
the 3. Commences trash talk
Bypassing the traditional press release and champagne-soaked reveal party, Tesla boss Elon Musk took to Twitter, not to wind up the internet for a change, but to tweet specs for new all-wheel-drive, dual-motor versions of the Model 3. The fast ones.
The standard all-wheel-drive option, he says, adds $5,000 to the price of a regular Model 3 (it’s $44,000 for the regular long-range version). It manages the same 499 km of range and 225kph top speed of a long-range Model 3, but drops the 0–100kph time from 5.1 to 4.5 seconds. The standard car (that’s the $35,000 entry-level one) with its 354-km range, does it in 5.6 seconds. A range-topping ‘Performance’ dual-motor version Musk claims has “better handling” than a BMW M3, will “beat anything in its class on track” and has the “second-best driving feel of any car in the world (apart from Model S).” We shall see... what we do know is it will do 0–100kph in 3.5 seconds, and 250kph, but still manage 310 miles on a full charge.
It will cost around $78,000 (£58,700 in a direct conversion to pounds, £120 less than the M3), but Musk says that includes all options except Autopilot. Deliveries should start in July in the US. In the UK? Lord knows. RHD cars of any description are yet to come off the production line, so it’ll be a wait before we can put those M3-slaying claims to the test. VIJAY PATTNI