Tesla Motors has finally commenced delivery of its new Tesla Model 3 electric luxury sedan. While Tesla is still basking over the hot reception for its newest model that is underpinned by its new third-generation platform, there are already inquiries whether the carmaker is planning to release a performance version of the Model 3.
Just days after the official market launch of the Model 3, someone dared to ask no other than Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk about whether a performance version of the new electric sedan is on the way, noting that the top honcho mentioned this in 2016.
Musk, as engaging as he is in social media, was kind enough to answer the inquiry, saying that a performance variant of the Tesla Model 3 would arrive probably in the middle of the year. Musk added that the carmaker’s focus right now is to be done with the Tesla Model 3 production. He then noted that more versions of the Model 3 would sink the electric carmaker into deeper hell.
In late April 2016, Tesla’s top man also revealed that a performance version of the Model 3 – one fitted with the Ludicrous mode – was also part of the plan. To note, Ludicrous mode further upgrades the performance version of Tesla’s vehicles. This upgrade includes the replacement of a standard fuse with an “advanced smart fuse,” as well as the replacement of the main pack contactor (steel) with an Inconel super-alloy used in the aerospace industry.
The new Tesla Model 3 will be available in two versions: Standard Battery and Long Range Battery. With the “Standard Battery,” the Model 3 offers a range of 220 miles before needing to be recharged. This version of the Model 3 could sprint from nil to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph. This Tesla Model 3 with Standard Battery is available at a starting price of $35,000. On the other hand, the “Long Range Battery” version – with a starting price of $44,000 – could travel up to 310 miles before its battery is emptied. In terms of performance, the “Long Range Battery” version could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and go as fast as 140 mph. A dual-motor all-wheel drive version of the Model 3 will also be available later.
Musk has said that Tesla will focus on the “Long Range Battery” version in order to simplify the production process. This pushes the availability of the “Standard Battery” version to fall of 2017. Interestingly, Musk has revealed that the reservation for the new Model 3 has already reached 500,000 units. With such a large number of Model 3 to be produced and delivered, Tesla now surely is in production hell.