Thursday, August 5, 2021
News The Model 3 we all want: Dual-motor AWD

The Model 3 we all want: Dual-motor AWD

I lied. The one we’re all craving is the Performance Dual-motor AWD version! Tesla just recently released the specs for these cars and although we’re loving some of the numbers, at least one baffles us somewhat.

The first “D” version, a $5,000 USD option, will get the 310-mile (496 km) range setup and be good for a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.5 seconds. This is up from 5.1 seconds over the single-motor version. The desire-laden “P-D” will shoot the Model 3 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and with the same range figure but this time around, you’ll need to spend $78,000 USD before going anywhere…

The advertised range is what confuses us a little: 310 miles is also the single-motor version’s range. Be that as it may, the P-D will, according to Musk, be quicker and better handling than a BMW M3 on a track. As well, it will feature 20” wheels, a carbon fiber spoiler and either a black or white interior.

Meanwhile, Consumer Reports finds itself unable to award the Model 3 with a “Recommended” badge as issues with braking, controls, and ride quality hurt get in the way.

 

 

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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