Tesla Model 3 nails 0-60 mph in 2.9 sec after OTA software update

Credit: YouTube/DragTimes

The Tesla Model 3 Performance variant broke the three-second 0-60 MPH barrier after receiving a 5% performance update.

Popular Tesla YouTuber Brooks Weisblat of DragTimes shared data from numerous acceleration runs he performed in a Model 3, capturing before and after the 5% power update.

When he first received his car from Tesla, Weisblat benchmarked the vehicle’s performance in four separate 0-60 MPH runs, noting the fastest time as 3.050 seconds and quicker than Tesla’s advertised 0-60 MPH time of 3.2 seconds. After the update, Weisblat performed four more runs to test acceleration and was able to break the 0-60 MPH three-second barrier by recording a time of 2.998 seconds, giving the vehicle a rough theoretical horsepower increase of 23.7%.

Weisblat also tested his Model 3 Performance in a quarter-mile assessment. His vehicle’s pre-update time was 11.637 seconds, with a top speed of 115.485 MPH, but this time was beaten by the 5% power increase, capturing an 11.486 second time and a top speed of 117.495. “That is a pretty significant top-end increase from 115 to 117,” Weisblat added. “Overall…I think there definitely is a noticeable increase in power. I can’t say driving the car, you actually notice a huge difference, but the numbers right here actually show a little bit of a difference.” He believes if owners utilized lighter wheels or other performance parts that hold less weight, times could be reduced even further, perhaps into the 11.3 second mark for the quarter-mile.

CEO Elon Musk and VP of Technology Drew Baglino first hinted at the over-the-air power update for Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles during the company’s Q3 earnings call in October. “We’re also expecting there is going to be an over-the-air improvement, that will improve the power of the Model S, X, and 3. By the way, it’s coming in a few weeks. It should be on the order of 5% power improvement due to improved firmware,” VP of Technology Drew Baglino said. “We are continuing to learn how to optimize motor control in our products. But yes, a 5% improvement for all Model 3 customers, and 3% for S and X,”  The update was not only geared toward power improvements, however, as Tesla also announced there would be positive changes in Supercharging.

CEO Elon Musk was sure to add his two cents regarding the power and convenience of the company’s utilization of Over-the-Air updates to improve its products. “I don’t think there has ever been a situation in history where you buy a car and it gets way better over time, through software,” Musk said. Updates have provided power improvements like the one tested by Brooks Weisblat. However, Tesla has been able to add numerous entertainment options through the updates as well, making the Tesla ownership experience new and exciting.

Watch DragTimes results of the Model 3 Performance before and after the 5% power update below.

Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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