Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance is marketed as an electric car that is quick, nimble, and capable of dominating track legends such as the BMW M3 and Porsche Boxster. With a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph, the Model 3 Performance packs some serious speed, thanks to its dual electric motors that feature a combined 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque.
Tesla owner-enthusiast DÆrik of YouTube, who is known for installing a life-size working Supercharger for his Model S in his garage, was able to borrow one of the first Model 3 Performance units in Colorado. The YouTube host noted that the carbon fiber rear spoiler of the vehicle, as well as its underlined Dual Motor badge, have not been fitted on the electric car yet.
DaÆrik’s 0-60 mph tests of the Model 3 Performance were conducted from a dead stop with the vehicle’s battery having 220 miles of range left. The first launch was immediately impressive, with the electric car hitting 60 mph in 3.22 seconds. The second launch was even better, with the Model 3 Performance doing the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.15 seconds. This time around, the Model S owner opted to push the car further, hitting 90 mph in 6.28 seconds. DÆrik noted that he was able to get the numbers of the two 0-60 mph runs by starting the video clip at 0 mph, ending it at 60 mph, and measuring the section frame-by-frame in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
The Model 3 Performance has been earning much praise from professional auto reviewers such as Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal, who lauded the car as a “magnificent” piece of automotive engineering that is “representative of the next step in the history of autos.” Other reviewers from Motor Trend and CNET Roadshow also praised the vehicle for its quickness and performance. While test drives of the Model 3 Performance reveal that the vehicle already has impressive acceleration, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated that the electric car could get even faster with a wider set of rear wheels and tires.
In an announcement on Twitter, Musk noted that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires the Model 3 Performance come equipped with are maximized for a balance of range and performance. For those who do not mind sacrificing a little range in exchange for raw power, Musk advised that stickier and wider tires at the rear might lower the car’s 0-60 mph time to 3.3 seconds.
The Model 3 Performance starts at $64,000 before any options. Buyers of the electric car can add on Tesla’s Performance Package, a $5,000 upgrade 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. With all options including White Seats, premium paint, Enhanced Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving, the cost of the Model 3 Performance rounds out at $80,000, which is far more than the $35,000 price of the Standard Range RWD Model 3 but more affordable than comparable ICE-powered high-performance cars in its class, such as the BMW M3, Audi RS5, and the Mercedes AMG C 63 S Coupe, which can cost north of $100,000 with all options.
Watch DaÆrik’s 0-60 mph tests of the Model 3 Performance in the video below.