Edmunds recently tested the real effect of one of the latest over-the-air updates that was promised to increase the Tesla Model 3 power by around 5% to improve acceleration and performances.

The 2017 Model 3 Long Range rear-wheel drive was rated at 258 hp and as brand new achieved:

  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.3 seconds (4.9 seconds with 1-foot rollout)
  • quarter mile time of 13.6 seconds at 102.1 mph (164 km/h)

After the update, at the same test track and under similar conditions, the car turned out to be really quickly:

  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.0 seconds
  • quarter mile time of 13.6 seconds at 102.1 mph (164 km/h)

The difference turns out to be 0.3 seconds, which is roughly 5.6% quicker.

It's cool that existing Model 3 owners can get such an acceleration improvement at no cost and with no need for any hardware changes, as Tesla seems to simply be unlocking the full potential of the powertrain after ensuring it's possible.

Video Description via Edmunds on YouTube:

Did Tesla Just Make Our Model 3 Faster?

Tesla sent an over-the-air update that claimed to improve the performance of Model 3s by approximately 5%. What does that mean? Carlos Lago took our long-term 2017 Tesla Model 3 to the Edmunds test track to find out. After testing, we discovered that this update improved the 0-60 mph acceleration by 0.3 second. That's impressive, especially considering this performance arrived without additional cost or a visit to a service department.

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