Tesla Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Tesla Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Tesla rarely shows up at motor shows so this came as quite a surprise.

Even more surprising is that the automaker skipped the show in San Francisco, and then showed up in LA with a Model 3. If Tesla had appeared with a Model S or X, we wouldn't have been so shocked. With the recent Model 3 production issues and the fact that the automaker has been aggressively "anti-selling" the new vehicle, most didn't expect this. Additionally, Tesla just generated a ton of buzz at the recent electric semi event with its mammoth hauler and the new Tesla Roadster.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Nonetheless, we spotted the brand new, red Tesla Model 3 at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and have photos to share.

It's debatable whether or not a red Model 3 should be presented on the green stage, but the interest will be tremendous when the public realizes that the Model 3 is in-house.

At least, in theory, the Model 3 has potential to sell in numbers comparable to all the other pure electric cars combined. However, in the first four months, sales amounted to just ~367 (30 in July, 75 in August, 117 in September, and 145 in October), but perhaps Tesla has a surprise in store for November - we will find out tomorrow (Dec 1st) when sales are reported (all historical plug-in sales can be found on our US Monthly Sales Scorecard here).

Quick specs for Tesla Model 3 Long Range:

  • 310 miles of EPA range
  • 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds (RWD)
  • 140 mph top speed

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)

Model 3 (photo Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)