Tesla Model 3 wants to fight the BMW M3

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - The Ten -

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

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