Just like the Tesla Model 3 Performance, owners’ accounts and videos taken of the (non-performance) Model 3 Dual Motor AWD suggest that the vehicle is capable of performing better than Tesla’s own estimates.
Tesla lists the Model 3 Dual Motor AWD with a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, a top speed of 145 mph, and 310 miles of range, placing it midway between the Performance and the Long Range RWD version of the vehicle. The Model 3 Performance is rated with a 0-60 mph of 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph, and a range of 310 miles per charge, while the Long Range RWD Model 3 is listed with a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds, a top speed of 140 mph, and a range of 310 miles on a full battery.
Among the first Model 3 Dual Motor AWD owners that shared his experience online was r/TeslaMotors subreddit member u/Cynapse, who conducted two 0-60 mph runs in his electric car. In one run, the vehicle was able to hit 60 mph in 4.33 seconds, .17 seconds faster than Tesla’s estimates. More recently, another Dual Motor AWD owner who goes by the username Geek Hero on YouTube recorded another 4.3-second 0-60 mph run.
So far, tests involving the acceleration of the Model 3 Dual Motor AWD involved the electric cars’ owners measuring sections of their videos frame-by-frame, similar to how Tesla owner-enthusiast DÆrik calculated his first tests of the Model 3 Performance.
These early tests from owners suggest that the electric car actually exceeds Tesla’s listed specs. Tesla appears to have done this to every vehicle in the Model 3 series so far. When the Long Range RWD variant was released, initial acceleration tests showed that the car was capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, half a second faster than Tesla’s estimates. Later updates on the Model 3 appear to have addressed this, with the Long Range RWD version now exhibiting 0-60 times more consistent with Tesla’s 5.1-second estimate.
Recent VBOX tests of the Model 3 Performance have also proven that the vehicle is much faster than Tesla’s figures. With a full battery, a VBOX-recorded run in the Model 3 Performance showed that the electric car was capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.18 seconds, even on stock tires. Without a full charge, VBOX runs of the Model 3 Performance showed a consistent 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds.
It remains to be seen if Tesla would eventually adjust the Model 3 Dual Motor AWD’s performance the same way it addressed the Long Range RWD variant’s speed. For now, at least, owners of the non-performance dual motor electric car can enjoy the fact that their vehicles seem to be faster than what they expected them to be.
Watch the Model 3 Dual Motor AWD sprint from 0-60 mph in the video below.