With all the changes to Tesla’s online design studio yesterday, the automaker also quietly updated the advertised 0-60 mph acceleration time of the Model 3 Performance.
But this wasn’t caused by any hardware or software updates…
When Tesla launched the Model 3 Performance, the automaker advertised a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.5 seconds.
However, yesterday Tesla’s site was updated to reflect a new 3.3 second acceleration time — which is actually a decent bump in performance.
We asked Tesla if the quicker acceleration time is due to updated software or hardware, but the automaker says that it is not the case.
The company decided to update the time to match what several reviewers and auto publications, like MotorTrend, have been getting: 3.3 seconds.
Those publications’ tests exclude the first foot rollout time, which has become somewhat standard in the industry.
Several owners have also been getting 3.3 second acceleration times with the stock wheels and tires when measured even with devices that don’t account for the first foot rollout.
With the first foot rollout, the Model 3 Performance is getting consistent 3.5-sec times, like Tesla was originally advertising.
Last weekend, I took my own Tesla Model 3 Performance to the dragstrip and I was consistently getting 3.5-sec 0-60 mph acceleration times when calculated with a GPS-based performance meter called Dragy ($150 on Amazon), which does not calculate a one foot rollout.
Here’s one of my runs against a Nissan Skyline – subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for more videos soon:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously discussed potential higher performance than first announced with the Model 3 Performance.
He said that the 0-60 time could improve to under 3.3 seconds with upgraded wheels and tires.
Last month, a Model 3 Performance owner achieved a record 0-60 mph acceleration of 3.13 secs with new wheels & tires.
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