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Tesla Model 3 isn’t going to set any speed records

by Danny Zepeda | May 25, 2017May 25, 2017 2:30 pm PDT

As the arrival of the Tesla Model 3 draws closer, we’re learning more information about it. The latest bit of information regarding the Model 3 comes from a chart Tesla sent to its customers to help decide whether to buy the Model 3 or Model S.

The chart gives some key pieces of information about the Model 3, but the most interesting tidbit is just how quick it will be. According to the chart, the Model 3 will go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.6 seconds. That’s kind of disappointing.

On the other side, the Model S—fully specced out with P100 configuration and Ludicrous Mode—will jet from zero to sixty in just 2.3 seconds. That’s a major drop off for the Model 3, but that’s what you pay for when you get the “budget” Tesla. It’s still a respectable speed, besting most normal cars, but it’s definitely a downgrade from past Tesla vehicles.

The reported starting price for the Model 3 will be $35,000, a hefty price cut over the Model S’ starting price of $69,500. And when you consider the Model S P100 with Ludicrous Mode runs over $130,000, those extra 3.3 seconds it takes to reach sixty miles per hour doesn’t seem so bad anymore.

Other interesting Model 3 details of note in the chart include the confirmation of a 15-inch center touchscreen, 215 mile range, pay per use supercharging and less than 100 different configurations available. That lines up with everything we heard about the car, but now it is officially confirmed by Tesla. The Model 3 will be a smaller, less featured car, but it will be substantially cheaper—unless you start adding features.

Earlier this year, Elon Musk revealed the final production design of the Model 3 will be unveiled in July with deliveries to buyers expected some time later this year. Once that happens, we’ll bring you all the details.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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