Watch Tesla Model 3 Long Range Hit 142 MPH


Taking the Tesla Model 3 beyond its top speed is a salty experience (as well as exhilarating).

We don’t know about you, but we might hesitate to choose this particular “course” for testing the top speed of a new Tesla. It’s surely a nice wide open space in which to floor it without reservation, but all that salt! We’re talking about the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, which is where owner Michael Striker took his new Model 3 for a nice jaunt.

We’ve seen many a video of the Tesla Model 3 showing off its instant torque, as well as its ability to tackle a twisty track. However, owner accounts of its top speed are more limited, since it’s not something that is easy to achieve on a short drag strip and it’s against the law in most other areas … not to mention unsafe. The salt flats are a top choice for many people for such a test, due to the expanse of space and lack of obstacles. When the Model 3 hits Europe, we’ll surely see all variants put to the test on the Autobahn. Until then, Striker’s videos do the trick.

Striker attempted to hit the top speed on another occasion, but backed off, likely due to apprehension. On another run, he easily hit the car’s advertised top speed of 140 mph (below). Striker built up some courage for the most notable run and took the car beyond its cap. He hit 142 mph before letting up, but it happened with ease and the car could have gone faster. Keep in mind that this is a factory-spec Model 3 with aero wheels and no modifications.

Video Description via Michael Striker on YouTube:

I was able to reach a top speed of 142 mph in my Tesla Long Range RWD Model 3. The spec for this EV is 140 mph, so I was pleasantly surprised as it passed 140 mph with ease. Performed run on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on 8/6/18. Truly a nerve racking and exhilarating experience!

Below is one of Striker’s other attempts:


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Is the spedo GPS based?

Probably not, otherwise you would not have any speed reading in a tunnel.

I guess the speedo has a bit of tolerance built in so 142 on the speedo should easily be doable.

My old 3 series was limited to 250 km/h and did 265 on the speedo, but only a bit more than 250 in real life. But my Model S is limited to 250 as well, but only goes to 253, not sure how much that is in real life, though.

Also, it’s pretty weird to run into a speed governor in powerful cars, you think it can easily go faster and then suddenly it doesn’t.

The model 3 with 335HP can exceed 155mph easily. I would think tops 175mph if the aerodynamics is not limiting it. The danger is the tires cannot handle the speed rating for too long, typically 15 mins duration on safety grounds.

142 MPH… That’s just too fast…

…for inner city driving:

take it slowly… damn cheap, cheaper than some electric bicycles…

There is a reason that things dangling from the mirror are illegal in most states. The things are distracting, even if used for religious purposes. The is especially true when traveling at high speeds.

I just think it looks rather daft.