Tesla Model 3: BMW M3 with Performance version confirmed

Tesla chief Elon Musk has revealed the specifications for a 155 mph all-wheel-drive Performance version of the Model 3 designed to rival the BMW M3, which he says he’s going to “beat anything in its class on the track.”

South Africa published the details in a series of tweets, which confirms both a dual-motor all-wheel-drive Model 3, and the Performance of the variant, which will use a similar powertrain design. Similar to the dual motor models developed by other manufacturers, the all-wheel-drive system will feature the engines in the front and rear of the car.

Working on the Model 3 dual motor all-wheel-drive and performance versions. Driving feel is amazing. With the goal of freeing config late this evening.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 19, 2018

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Musk said that the AWD option would be to add $5000 [£3700] $35,000 [£26,000] base price of the car in the united states, and could allow the car to reach 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, with a 140 mph maximum speed and 310 miles of range.

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According to Musk, the Performance version will do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph and the same 310 miles. Musk did not disclose the capacity of the battery or the power output of the engines. He said that the model would have a cost of $78,000 [£58,000], and could include all of the options to a side of the autopilot mode.

Tesla dual-motor, all-wheel-drive performance Model 3:3.5 sec 0-60mph155 mph Top Speed310 miles of range

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2018

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Musk described the sensation of driving of the two engine models as “incredible”. Musk noted that the cost of the Performance version was similar to the BMW M3, but he said that was “a 15% faster and with better handling. Will beat anything in its class on the track.”

The cost of all the options, wheels, paint, etc is included (apart from auto-Pilot). The cost is $78k. About the same as the BMW M3, but a 15% faster and with better handling. Will beat anything in its class on the track.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2018

The standard Model of 3, that Autocar tested recently, has a 140 mph top speed and a 0 to 62 mph time of 5.1 seconds from a rear mount of a single-engine, which produces around 271bhp. The base of the Model 3 has a 220-mile US combined driving cycle, which increases to 310 km with an option 75kWh of the long range of the battery.

Musk has not state when the new versions will be available, although it is understood deliveries could begin in July.

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