Now that Tesla started deliveries of the new Model 3 Performance version, we are starting to see some real-world performance tests from owners.
In the first tests, it looks like the Model 3 Performance could be even quicker than advertised from 0 to 60 mph.
Tesla has been advertising the Model 3 Performance with a 3.5-second 0 to 60 mph acceleration.
That’s a full second faster than Dual Motor all-wheel-drive non-performance version and almost 2 seconds faster than Tesla’s standard rear-wheel-drive motor version.
There’s been some speculation about Tesla potentially being conservative with those numbers and CEO Elon Musk teased higher performance for the Model 3 Performance version – specifically talking about a potential for a higher “power output”.
As the first few deliveries started last week, the first few real-world tests are starting to come out.
Youtuber DÆrik did a few launches and he was consistently getting 3.1 and 3.2 seconds out of the electric car:
He didn’t go into details about his methodology and device used to calculate the acceleration so I would take it with a grain a salt, but the video does seem to show a 3.2-second time.
Another Model 3 Performance owner did some test launches and got 3.6 seconds – though he was using 18″ wheels instead of the recommended 20″ wheels on performance tires in the Model 3 Performance upgrade package:
For the Long Range rear-wheel-drive version of the Model 3, Tesla went with low resistance tires on 18-inch wheels to optimize range.
But that wasn’t good enough for the Performance Model 3.
Tesla went with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires on 20” performance wheels which is certainly an upgrade. Later, Tesla ended unbundling the wheel option from the Performance version – enabling buyers to order with the standard more aerodynamic and less performance-focused 18″ wheels.
Last week, Musk said that Tesla Model 3 Performance’s 0-60 mph time could improve to under 3.3 seconds with even better tires.
If DÆrik’s tests are accurate, it could already be the case with the stock performance tires that come with the 20″ wheel option.
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