Musk Divulges New Details On “Pure Fun” Tesla Model 3 Performance

JUL 14 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 25

“…pure fun jacked straight into your brain…”

Since the inception of Tesla, there has always been an emphasis on performance. The Tesla Roadster, when it first came out, had a much-touted 0-to-60 time of 3.9 seconds, which was eventually improved to 3.7 seconds. The Model S picked up that torch in 2012 and the P85 version of that car managed 3.9 seconds from a stop to sixty miles per hour while in the hands of Motor Trend journos.  This time has dropped precipitously over the years until now, in a range-topping P100D, the deed can be done in a mind-melting official time of 2.5 seconds.

Now, with the first Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance coming off the line, we’re learning a bit more about what to expect from this quicker version of the mid-size sedan. The Model 3 website gives the Performance version’s 0-to-60 mph as 3.5 seconds, which, while not as quick as the Model S, is plenty brisk. We were also happy to report that the automaker has made it more affordable — $6,000 has been slashed off the original price to make it a $72,000 purchase for the fully loaded Performance ($64,000 for the base “P”) — and that it knows the fun way around a skid pad.

While that last video no doubt sold a number of people on the sportier proposition, the company is making an effort to push the Performance version to more customers. Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself piped up on Twitter this morning urging people to take it for a test drive even if they weren’t planning on going the Performance route. Said he about the driving experience, “It’s like having pure fun jacked straight into your brain whenever you want.” Exhibit A:

He also threw out a little extra info about the suspension and brakes. After the Tesla Twitter account informed a questioner that all available variants now sport a coil spring suspension — air suspensions will only be available next year — Musk chimed in to let people know that, on the Performance version, the suspension is one centimeter lower and has stronger brakes. That’s a very small difference, of course, but for those taking their cars to the track, every little bit helps. Exhibit B.

The Tesla Twitter account also gave a little more detail on the braking system, saying, “Yes, It’s a 4-corner Brembo system including lightweight 2 piece rotors and larger front rotor.” And finally, for those anxiously awaiting delivery of this hot tamale, it additionaly confirmed the Model 3 Dual Motor Performance will start making its way to customer’s driveways a little later this month.

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I can’t wait to get smoked on the highway by one of those! (I’ll be poking along in my own Model 3 dual motor long-range 😉 )

Nice work, Elon! Keep the fun coming!

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Tweet: “Performance version suspension is 1cm lower & has stronger brakes in upgrade package”

Key word is “in upgrade package.” The Model 3 Performance has the same brakes and suspension as the standard Dual Motor car, unless you opt for the $5,000 Performance Upgrade package, which gets you the larger front rotors and rear suspension fore links.

Too bad that package isn’t an option in the “standard” LR AWD verion. I’d have added it to my build.

Yes, that is correct. They have un-bundled their previously more expensive Model 3 Performance so that buyers can choose what parts of the performance configuration they want.

BMW has sold many of their M and M-sport cars configurable this way too. Where people can put in “Comfort Seats” and non-sport suspension, etc into otherwise performance trim levels. Not everyone wants the larger wheels, firmer suspension, more aggressive brakes, firmer seats, etc. Even when they might want the hot drivetrain for instant passing and easy interstate onramp sprints.

That’s categorically untrue. You get the whole deal when you get a M car; there’s no way to have non-M suspension on a M car. Most M cars also have wider bodywork, which would be incompatible with the narrower track of the standard BMW on which its based.

If one wanted only more power, they would have gotten a larger engine or one that’s tuned for more power (530i to 540i, for example).

You didn’t read all of my post. It isn’t just M cars, it is about M-sport cars. And it isn’t just about suspension, it is about other M and M-sport options that are NOT always included in M and M-sport cars.

M car optioned with Comfort Seats instead of the standard M seats offered at the time:
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1997-bmw-m3-36/

The M-sport suspension delete option is also well-known across a ton of BMW M-Sport models:
https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1258567

So many more examples…..

Cometely wrong. BMW breaks up the M Package many ways.

Unbundling is good for those who planned to go to the aftermarket for those options anyway.

I’d like to see what Mountain Pass Performance could do with one of these bad boys!

+1

“Stronger brakes” can mean anything from 3-piston calipers on 400mm ceramics, to upgrading from DOT3 to DOT4 brake fluid.

In this particular case it means rotors upgraded from 330mm to 355mm.

You should double-check the website… it’s not $72,000.

It’s $64,000.

Insideev’s has been writing the same $72K pricing meme in every story they have run about the Model 3 Performance ever since the price change happened.

“Steven Loveday

That’s minus the $8,000 in available upgrades. Fully loaded is $72k. I will add clarification to the post.”

https://insideevs.com/tesla-slashes-model-3-performance-price/

At first they corrected it, but since then they have gone right back to using the $72K price. It appears they simply have decided they don’t want to use the $64K base price, and have decided to stick with the $72K meme in every story since then where they have talked about price:

“price tag north of $70,000.”
https://insideevs.com/tesla-confirms-first-model-3-performance-deliveries-in-late-july/

(cont.)

More stories using the optioned price instead of the base price:

“Model 3 Performance rings in at $72,000”
https://insideevs.com/watch-tesla-model-3-performance-skipad-testing/

“a $72,000 purchase ”
https://insideevs.com/musk-pure-fun-model-3-performance/

It seems like they are just going to stick with the $72K price meme now, it doesn’t seem like they are interested in using the actual $64K base price.

Fixed. Apparently, the other writers referred back to my original post that was about the price being dropped from $78,000 to $72,000 for the FULLY LOADED Model 3 Performance. When I fixed that article, I bolded fully loaded and then added the $64,000 base price in another paragraph, which I’ve now also bolded. They didn’t realize that the base Model 3 “P” was $64,000. I went back into all related articles and clarified. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Thanks for catching it.

Steven, fully loaded is $78500, that’s $64000+5000 performance package+8000AP&FSD+1500red multi-coat paint. Or $78000 with other metallic colors. Originally it’s announced as $78000 BEFORE adding the $8000 AP&FSD, so they lowered the price by $7500.

Here are pricing details laid out logically:

The base Tesla Model 3 Performance starts at $64,000. If you add white seats ($1,500), premium paint ($1,500), and the Performance Package ($5,000), the car is priced at $72,000. This $72,000 configuration is $6,000 less than the $78,000 price tag CEO Elon Musk originally tweeted out. You can also choose to add Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, which will cost $5,000 and $3,000, respectively, at the time of purchase.

Fixed. Apparently, the other writers referred back to my original post that was about the price being dropped from $78,000 to $72,000 for the FULLY LOADED Model 3 Performance. When I fixed that article, I bolded fully loaded and then added the $64,000 base price in another paragraph, which I’ve now also bolded. They didn’t realize that the base Model 3 “P” was $64,000. I went back into all related articles and clarified. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Thanks for catching it.

Fixed. It was a misunderstanding from others quoting my original story about the price cut from Musk’s originally stated $78,000 to the new $72,000 for the FULLY LOADED Model 3 “P”. I had added that you could get it for $64,000 without any of the extras, but they didn’t catch that. It should be fixed in all related stories now. Thank you.

Thanks Steven.

No problem.

The chrome delete look really nice.