Tesla Model 3 Performance test-drive highlights real-world 0-60 capabilities

[Credit: Kevin B/YouTube]

When Elon Musk announced the specs of the Tesla Model 3 Performance, he stated that the electric car would be able to beat a BMW M3 on the track. With instant torque from its dual electric motors, the Model 3 Performance has the potential to be the Model S P100D’s smaller, more track-capable sibling. Earlier this month, Tesla started a test drive program for the high-performance vehicle in selected showrooms. One of these test drives, which included a sprint from 0-60 mph, was recently posted on YouTube.

The video, uploaded by Kevin B, featured a test drive session in the Model 3 Performance provided by Tesla’s Costa Mesa Sales & Delivery Center in Orange County, CA, located roughly one hour south of Los Angeles. Considering that the Model 3 Performance’s main draw is its speed and handling over the vehicle’s single motor and non-performance siblings, Kevin opted to simulate a real-world highway sprint from 60 to 85 mph and a 0-60 mph dash from a freeway entry ramp.

Although Kevin didn’t officially time the run – after all, it was a test drive that was chaperoned by a Tesla sales advisor – the video indicates that it took around 4 seconds for the car to hit 60 mph. The torque was notable during the launch, and the acceleration was smooth and consistent, even with four adults inside the car. A demo for Enhanced Autopilot as the electric car traveled on the 405 Freeway south near the Rt 73 Interchange was also included in the test drive. 

The Model 3 Performance starts at $64,000 before options. With a Performance Package that includes 20″ Performance Wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, aluminum alloy pedals, and a top speed boost that enables the electric car to max out at 155 mph, the vehicle’s cost hikes up to $69,000. With all options including Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, the Model 3 Performance is priced at $80,000, making it lower-priced than comparable vehicles like the BMW M3, the Mercedes AMG C 63 S Coupe, and the Audi RS5.

The vehicle is propelled by two electric motors that generate a combined 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque, giving the car the capability to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. In a recent announcement on Twitter, Elon Musk noted that the Model 3 Performance’s speed and handling could be improved by fitting the vehicle with wider rear wheels and tires. With the setup, Musk stated that the electric car’s 0-60 mph time could be reduced to 3.3 seconds.

Considering Tesla’s tendency to improve its vehicles over time, as well as Musk’s previous approval of a suggestion pertaining to a Ludicrous Mode for the Model 3 Performance, there is a pretty good chance that buyers of the electric car could see their vehicles get speed improvements within the next months, or even years for that matter.

Watch the test drive of the Model 3 Performance in the video below.

Tesla Model 3 Performance test-drive highlights real-world 0-60 capabilities
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