As it is, Elon Musk’s Tesla is struggling to meet the demand for the Tesla Model 3 which was unveiled two years ago, but that does not stop the CEO from enticing fans further. Musk, as usual, as taken to Twitter to announce an all-wheel drive Model 3 Performance Model. Yup. You heard that right. Already. Not sure when will this materialize, though.
Timeline aside, the man himself tweeted bits and pieces of info with regard to the range-topper of Model 3 and these include a dual motor setup that will take the performance model from naught to sixty (0-97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds, sending it on its way to a top speed of 155 miles an hour (249 km/h). The Model 3 Performance Model will have a range of 310 miles (499 kilometers).
The performance model will cost $78,000 which Musk said will include “all options, wheels, paint etc,” but not including autopilot. As far price-performance is concerned, Musk is confident that Model 3 Performance Model is comparable to BMW M3, but with a lot more to offer in the area of performance, “like 15 percent quicker and better handling,” Musk said.
The cost of normal dual motor with AWD option is $5K and has the same 310 miles range, but it takes 4.5 seconds to make 0-60 with top speed terminating at 140 mph. About the this dual motor thingy, Musk said one motor is optimized for power while another for range. He also claims that Tesla’s dual motor setup will allow the car to go on even if one motor breaks down.
We interpret Musk’s series of tweets on the Tesla Model 3 Performance Model as teasers because, no timeline was given on when it will be available (last checked, it is not on the website). Anywho, earlier on, the Tesla head honcho also tweeted that Tesla owners will be able to request service right from their phone with “a few taps,” thus saving Tesla owners the hassle of bringing in the car and also, owners will not have to deal with paperwork.
That’s all we know for now. There are official images to go around. What you see above is the image of the “regular” Tesla Model 3.
Image of Tesla Model 3 by Tesla Motors.
via Ars Technica.