Tesla invites new batch of Model 3 buyers to configure AWD Performance version

Photo credit: @Teslaliving via Twitter

With orders for Tesla Model 3 in a dual motor configuration now open, the electric car maker has started inviting batches of reservation holders to configure their AWD and Performance Model 3.

As could be seen in the updated Model 3 online configurator, the dual motor AWD and Performance option has been included, and together add $29,000 over the $49,000 Long Range Model 3 RWD pricing without Autopilot. Choosing Performance automatically selects the dual motor drivetrain, while the rest of the Model 3 Design Studio screens, from the paint color and wheels to the interior and Autopilot, remain unchanged.

Photo credit: @Teslaliving via Twitter

The two new Model 3 variants are designed for better all-weather traction and overall performance. The dual-motor AWD upgrade, for example, improves the Model 3’s 0-60 mph time to 4.5 seconds, more than half a second faster than the rated 0-60 time of the long-range RWD variant, which is listed at 5.1 seconds. As noted by Elon Musk on Twitter, and as could be seen in the configuration screen of the vehicle, selecting the dual motor upgrade will add $5,000 to the price of the single motor Long Range Model 3 and bring its base price up to $54,000 from $49,000.

At $78,000, the Model 3 Performance package offers customers a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Buyers can also select between a Black or White Premium interior, a carbon fiber rear spoiler that will be installed after delivery, and 20-inch Sport Wheels. Both the dual motor and Performance Model 3 are expected to begin production sometime in July, when the Model 3 line achieves a steady rate of 5,000 vehicles per week.

The Model 3 AWD and Performance configuration screen. [Credit: @Teslaliving via Twitter]

Tesla is steadily showing signs that it is starting to hit its stride with the production of the Model 3. Just yesterday, reports emerged that the electric car maker has filed 7,237 new Model 3 VINs, its single, largest batch to date. With the latest filings, Tesla has registered a total of 51,669 Model 3 VINs since the company started manufacturing the electric car mid-2017.

Tesla’s registrations for the Model 3 have reached new levels this month. Since April’s end, Tesla has registered a total of 17,950 new Model 3 vehicle identification numbers, a feat that took Tesla months to accomplish before. The company, for example, only broke the 17k VIN barrier last March 23.

By sending out invites to configure the dual-motor AWD and Performance Model 3, it appears that Tesla, since starting the production of the compact electric car, is finally confident that it can deliver the electric car on its estimated timeline.

Tesla is currently aiming to hit a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 per week by the end of Q2 2018. Following a scheduled shutdown late this month, Tesla expects the Model 3 line to have a production capacity of 5,000-6,000 vehicles per week.

Tesla invites new batch of Model 3 buyers to configure AWD Performance version
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