Tesla CEO Notes That The Model 3 Base $35,000 EV Will Be RWD Standard, Dual Motor/AWD Optional
The early test drives that took place immediately after the Tesla Model 3 debut let us in on the fact that the EV would be at least available in a dual motor, all wheel drive configuration; but now the Tesla CEO has made it official, while adding some other details.
Specifically, the base Model 3, which is promised from a starting point of $35,000 will come standard with rear wheel drive. While the dual motor, all wheel drive Model 3 will be an added option.
Of interest: For the lucky ~800 or so attendees who got a ride in a reveal car on Thursday (they were all AWD models), Musk notes that those cars were not fully dialed in for performance, saying "production AWD will be a lot faster" ...which is good news, as absolutely no one complained at the time that the Model 3 already wasn't fast enough.
Tesla CEO Confirms Basically What We Already Knew - the Tesla Model 3 will arrive with standard RWD, and optional Dual Motor AWD
In other words, if you are one of the first ~300,000 or so who have put money down on the Model 3 over the first 4 days since order books open, and you want your car early...your getting a dual motor Model 3 (as Musk has already spoken out on record that the higher optioned cars will be delivered first).
No word if the "additional cowbell" option moves you up in the priority sequence though:
Tesla Model 3 Looking Optioned Out -- Also of note: Elon Musk says demand is surprisingly high for matte black, will likely be an optional color for the Model 3
At the same time Musk re-iterated the significance of getting your order in early, even if you region is not the first to get the car.
Tesla CEO Tweets About Priorities
Just as a reminder, the sequence for the Model 3 will be:
US West Coast, US national/Canada, Europe/Asia, RHD UK, RHD World
So basically, if one orders early, you get to show your Model 3 off to all your friends who sat on the fence and waited longer to pull the trigger...but at the same time, you now need to cut off communication with anyone you might know in California until probably late 2018.