The Tesla Model 3 is about to get a whole lot faster. The $78,000
performance edition of the company’s cheapest-ever electric car, announced
in May, is making its way to consumers soon. On Friday, the company shared
an impressive video of the car undertaking skidpad testing, demonstrating
its impressively cool prowess.
The performance edition packs a powerful punch. CEO Elon Musk promised
buyers the car will perform 15 percent faster than the BMW M3, with much
improved handling. It offers the same 310-mile range as the long-range
version, but with a top speed of 155mph compared to the 140mph of the
aforementioned model, with a 0-60mph acceleration time of 3.5 seconds rather
than 5.1 seconds. The car is the first to offer both black and white
interiors, with carbon fiber spoiler and 20-inch performance wheels
replacing the base model “Aero” wheels.
Perhaps most exciting about this new edition is the dual-motor
configuration, also available as a $5,000 option for non-performance
editions. The rear wheel drive is replaced with an AC induction front motor
designed for power, backed with a partial permanent, switched reluctance
magnet rear motor that provides better range. The two motors work a lot like
the ones found in the Model S and X, switching seamlessly while also
offering the ability to drive on one if the other fails.
As a premium version of the Model 3, the asking price comes with a number of
extras. All options, wheels and paint changes are included as part of the
price, meaning users won’t have to shell out an extra $1,000 just to change
from the standard black paint. Tesla is also choosing the highest-rated
motors with double the burn in process to ensure a higher output, a key
benefit over the dual configuration on a standard edition. The price does
not, however, include Autopilot.
While the company has started taking orders for both performance edition and
dual motors, the company does not expect to reach volume production until