It’s something that’s been a hot topic since the Model 3 was even announced – are we going to see a high performance variant?
According to Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s co-founder, CEO and Product Architect, it will be happening, and possibly by this time next year.
Probably middle of next year. Focus now is on getting out of Model 3 production hell. More versions = deeper in hell.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2017
In tweet sent out by Ryan McCaffrey, Executive Editor at IGN and host of the Ride The Lightning podcast, Musk confirmed that a performance Model 3 version, although not a priority right at this moment, is indeed slated for production.
Based on that, we thought we’d speculate on its potential based on the Tesla Model S P100D’s performance numbers.
The Model 3 is already quick out of the box with a 0-60mph time of 5.6-seconds for the 220-mile range 50- to 55-kWh, and 5.1-seconds for the 310-mile range 70- to 75-kWh version (Tesla hasn’t disclosed the exact battery capacity on either). That’s faster accelerating than the new Honda Civic Type R (0-60mph in 5.7-seconds).
The speculation forming is that there will be a P75D version (again, speculating on battery capacity here), meaning people are expecting the larger battery to get a dual motor setup for AWD, longer range than even the standard version, and better handling.
For example, the 100D is the long-range, dual motor version of the Model S and it can go 335-miles before battery depletion, go 0-60mph in 4.2-seconds, and hit a top speed of 155mph (250km/h). The P100D version, however, does 0-60mph in 2.4-seconds and a range of 315-miles, which is still better than the 75D’s mileage of 275-miles and 5.5-second 0-60mph).
If the Model S numbers are anything to go by, we could see a Model 3 75D hit that 335- to 340-mile range, drop its 0-60mph time to below five-seconds, but probably retain the same top speed. A Model 3 P75D could be just as crazy, to scale, as the P100D with a three-second 0-60mph time, a range that’s similar to the standard long-range and single motor version, plus enhanced suspension settings. Ludicrous mode could get the Model 3 P75D into the sub-three-second 0-60mph zone.
The future is looking amazing for electric cars thanks to the Model 3, a car that’s being targeted to the upper middle class masses. The electric revolution needs more cars like this to get the movement mainstream and it’s looking more likely as we continue to see other makes push for a high-range, mid- to low-$30-thousand range cars like the Volt, Bolt, and many others. We certainly can’t wait to see what comes.
How about you? Are you excited for the Tesla Model 3 P-D and the insane performance it can potentially bring to the table?
Words by Justin Banner
Aftermarket HUD, turn off Autopilot. Done.
I get what you mean though, not a huge fan of autonomous driving myself
The important question is, whats the towing capacity? I need something cheap and economical to tow my track car with!
Speaking of towing, how long till we see modded teslas in tractot pull events? Lol
I would buy the standard version. It's still plenty fast and practical enough to be a daily.
Just as log as it comes to Australia with a reasonable price tag (Not $80k+).
I think the question we should be asking is if we'd rather "tastefully modify" an i8 or a model 3. The thought in the back of my mind is 'Will the aftermarket be able to keep up?' Electric or not, I still want to be able to work on my own cars
I hate that terminology: tastefully modify.... It's such pretentious bull****.
No, I wouldn't. If it looked like the Fisker than maybe. But Teslas all look like 90s For Tauruses. Why does the so called future look like almost a twenty year old Ford?
I'm in 2 minds:
I hate the idea of autonomous cars and the lack of traditional controls (knobs and switches) is a massive no from me. I also don't like the lack of engine noise.
On the other hand the basic model is rwd so that is a massive yes - with that, I don't understand the point in making electric vehicles front wheel drive when the loss in economy due to frictional losses in the prop shaft and everything is nullified.
jesus christ that interior is horrible
it's like they glued on the newest iPad on the dash instead of an actual infotainment display
The problem with the Model 3, is that its already borderline into Model S territory. A performance model, would be deep in Model S territory, and the Model S is just a better car. Would you really get a Model 3, just to 1-2 seconds better 0-60 times, instead of a Model S?
It looks like a thumb. No noise. No mechanicals. They may be the future but ill just buy used and if they become the only option, id rather walk.
I'm just not buying the electric car hype. I get it, but at the same time, isn't the range and charge time still lagging behind a lot of gas and diesel burners? At the very least, I'm ready for more manufacturers to get in the game, because this just looks like another iphone with wheels.
we will finally be arriving on driving a lets go ^ ^
The perfect point A to point B car! With no motor, that basically eliminates all consumables like, belts, engine oil, air intake filter, etc, thereby making reliability far better. I for one would love this as a daily driver.
It won't be long before someone is drifting a model 3. That will be a game changer for peoples attitude about EV's.
the front look of the car reminds me the face of Deadpool, in the brawling scene with Wolverine.
If I could make it sound like a Ferrari V12/American V8/6 rotor wankel/supercharged Auto Union/or inline turbo 6, both on the interior and exterior......the yes.
Why the exterior?
People looking for a high performance Model 3 are invited to search our previously used Model S inventory, which offer extended ranges, improved performance, switchgear and interior space - with bonuses like free charging and air suspension - backed up by one of these best warranties in the business. Voice commands and performance options are coming.
My biggest issue with any electric/hybrid is the price. Base price is already high. Add the "performance" and cost goes way up. Much better "smiles per gallon" alternatives out there. Maybe in 15-25yrs from now I'll look at a Tesla the same way I look at SN95 Mustang or 80's IROC Camaro
No, i don't like the "TV" on the car, i want to drive, not playing videogames.
HELL NO! I would never even consider a tesla as a viable option for an everyday driver, let alone a performance car. Let's face it, Teslas are boring as hell and ugly as shit. And don't say they're the fastest ride on the road because they're not. Tesla has absolutely no soul to it. It's like an appliance that you can drive. If this is the future then I want a time machine.
I must add that I still firmly believe that the concept of electric cars is fundamentally flawed from the get-go. Where is all the electricity going to come from to power these gigantic golf carts? Burn coal? Nuke Plant? Millions of windmills? I'm sorry but it's just unfeasible, figure out how to build hydrogen cars. It's not like this is a new idea, it just has a Apple like sheen to it that easily excites soft minded fools that buy into every flash in the pan trend.
Everyone does realize that as soon as the gov stops handing Musk fist fulls of money that shit will go belly up? I'm betting on Tesla failing, especially after sinking so much cash into developing this hideous soulless iCar.
The future is erectile dysfunction.
With the Lucid Air going into production in late 2018.... not a chance. Probably even the T3 will take a dip in sales, not to mention the S, the Mercedes E and S classes and the BMW 7 series.
My biggest beef with this car is that it's main goal is autonomous driving. I mean, it doesn't even have a central gauge cluster! I don't know about anyone else, but that would really bother me.