Tesla Model 3 Performance Version Compared To BMW, Mercedes, Audi


According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the Model 3 Performance is priced like the BMW M3 and “will beat anything in its class on the track.”

Let’s just have a look at how that comment adds up.

Teslarati took the time to put together a fantastic comparison of the Tesla Model 3 Performance, BMW M3, Mercedes AMG C 63 S Coupe, and Audi RS5.

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First of all, let’s recap the recently revealed pricing. The Model 3 Performance AWD starts at $78,000 loaded, minus the $5,000 upcharge for Autopilot and $4,000 for Full Self-Driving. It boasts a 3.5-second zero-to-60-mph time and a 155 mph top speed.

The current Long Range Model 3 has already proven its track prowess, aside from its stock brake pads’ lack of stamina. It never even went into thermal protection mode, which was unexpected. Though it’s no Porsche, it surely likes the track much more than the Model S and X, which are primarily touted for drag-strip mastery.

Per Musk’s Tweet above, the Model 3 Performance will be 15 percent quicker than the BMW M3 and handle better. If true, this will be quite a feat. A loaded M3 will set you back $91,759, according to Teslarati. It tops out at 163 mph and hits 60 mph in a flat 4 seconds.

The Audi RS5 is capable of a 3.9-second zero-to-60-mph sprint and has a top speed of 174 mph. Fully-loaded, it runs $93,325.

The Mercedes AMG C 63 S Coupe costs ~$106,000 with all boxes checked. It can race up to 180 mph and tackle the 0-60 spec in 3.8 seconds.

As you can see, the Model 3 Performance doesn’t quite reach these cars in top speed, but beats them all off the line, and specs may still improve. Its agility on the track will be the true test. Even loaded with the extras, the upcoming variant will cost $86,000, which undercuts all of the above. And, as Teslarati mentions, a potential Ludicrous option may only put it directly in line with the Bimmer and the Audi, while still considerably less expensive than the Merc.

Of course, these competitors offer a much higher level of luxury. But, you’re not getting an all-electric car, and if the Model 3 Performance lives up to Musk’s words, you’ll also be enjoying better performance. What’s more, the Model 3 is significantly more practical as an everyday car, due to passenger and cargo capacity.

Source: Teslarati

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I wonder how many BMW owners have driven 163 mph? Probably an inversely proportional number who boast their car can go 163 mph?

Any BMW driver in Germany have done this 🙂
Hopefully no BMW driver has done it anywhere else, except on a long test track!

Contrary to popular belief, by far the vast majority of drivers on the autobahn drive well below their vehicle’s top speed.

If I had a sports car and lived in Germany, I’d take it to the autobahn and push it to the limit once or twice. Not every day; I’m sure the thrill would wear off.

There’s no thrill! It’s only unlimited in areas where the road actually is good enough for extremely high speeds, so the only “thrill” is if the car isn’t very stable, or there’s any traffic (in which case going top speed in any fast car is simply too dangerous). And that’s not the good kind – it is just fear, really.

For thrills, head to a raceway. Laguna Seca for instance. Then you’ll have huge thrills, even if the car isn’t very fast. And it doesn’t wear off.

I often go to Germany for work, and usually rent a car to go see my folks back in Belgium. There are plenty of opportunities there to drive at unlimited speed, and people take advantage of them (me included). It does not hurt of course that their roads (and cars) are much better. On the other hand, when there is a posted limit, they follow it. Germans will be Germans I guess.

I second your advice to head to a racetrack for the real thrill. Better yet, drive a go-kart.

Any BMW driver? The top speed of most BMW models is less than 250 km/h!

I would say the electric drive smoothness, instantanious responsiveness, and quiet PROFOUNDLY beats the BMW/Audi/Bene’s “luxury”, nicer seats only do so much.

Also, air suspension is still coming.

I’d even say TM3 has nice seats. Audi puts some better seats in cars they sell at >$80-100k. Otherwise, much of what you will find is on par, or worse, than Model 3.

Wow, you really think the interior of a Model 3 beats that of a BMW, or better yet, an Audi? Okaaaay…

Seats sit differently for different folks.

Seats are highly important.

Tesla better offer better front seats for that much dough.

Just want to thank, in advance, the Tesla Hero’s who are going to upgrade to this newer performance level sooner than later. The used car market thanks you profusely.

At some point Tesla is going to have to develop a 2 speed transmission, to take on top end.

They could likely achieve this using two different gear ratios in the front and rear axles. Unlike ICE cars, there is no problem gearing the front and rear differently.

At this point I don’t think Tesla really cares as much about top speed as they do about efficiency and actual performance in much more common situations than the rare top speed runs on the Autobahn.

So true. I was impressed the day Porsche sent special 918 brochures, to see only a wire connecting the front and back axles. Years later, they haven’t commercialized what it is that could help little Audi RS3s lose the mechanical weight, that might get them below 3,500 pounds.

Quattro is so “80’s”. What Musk says about RWD torque vectoring, is true. Tweet: “Model 3 will be RWD, with dual motor AWD optional. Even RWD will have great traction on ice due to fast torque response of Tesla drivetrain.” It is uncanny fast, especially if you don’t like sliding around.

The AWD Teslas alredy have two different gear ratios.

I’m genuinely curious how they’re going to manage 250mph+ in the Roadster II without at least a two-speed. I figure the front and rear gearings will be different as in the Model S D versions, but that can only go so far.

IPM motors have a wider range of efficient operation than induction motors — so even less need for switchable gear ratios than in Model S/X.

Also, with more/bigger motors, they can use a lower gear ratio for better top speed, while still having enough low-end torque.

New roadster is +400kmh no gearbox

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Meanwhile in real life situations — Model 3 routinely outperforms on the street — light-to-light; acceleration on ramp; routine acceleration passing. City traffic lane shifts. EV gives you all the power immediately. Our Fiat and Spark would give most cars a run for their money in daily situations (50-80 was the primary exception)

In real life only idiots drive like that. Meanwhile, the M3 owner enjoys his/her firm ride and premium feeling while the TM3 owner listens to plastic squeeks and rattles.

Teslas handling will be bad again, not even near to BMW territory. That gets obvious, if you watch the Tesla Model3 going through corners on the track at rather low speed.
As there is no fixed definition for “better handling”, Musk simply lies. Show me some footage of a standard Tesla going round Nurburgring in less than 07:50, an i am interested.

Well since you have never gone around the Nurburgring I will put you and your remarks down to a serial anti-Tesla troll’s lies and spreading of FUD.

The real facts are that the Model 3 has great street performance, looks and utility as a midsize sport sedan and that is what 99+% of buyers care about, not some schlopp on the internet like you.

So the car has better 0-60times, no loss of power by overheating, better handling and still is a lot slower round the track? Please explain, how this is possible? Watch the videos of Teslas on track and you know, why.

You trust words from Elon more than honest data?

And i have been on the Ring but not in an TM3.

Never drove a M3 before, so can’t comment on that.
Model S’ handling is many times better than 5 and 7 series, huge difference.

I have a Model S and have driven an M3. The M3 is superior, no doubt! And what an interior. Tesla has a lot to learn from BMW and the other German car makers.

@Jopp said: “Teslas handling will be bad…”


“…The steering, brakes, and balance were all on par with my expectations of a sport sedan—think [BMW] E46 M3… This car is a game-changer…” source:

Correct a 3er sedan.

Not even the same language as ///M.

How can one compare this iPad sofa on the wheels (without even a separate switch for lights!??) within Audi or BMW, what’s wrong with you people there!?? Really don’t get it! Is there something wrong with you?? Model 3 is a half finished car!! An iPad as an only option for car commands is reckless and dangerous! Needing to “surf the internet” first to switch lights on is just ridiculous! Where even talking about a fact, that the human eyes need second or two to adapt from light to dark and opposite, and this think doesn’t even have an separate speedometer, so one needs to look at the big iPad constantly for to check on the speed…its unfinished car and ridiculous to compare this with finished cars! Markus, Germany

@Marcus said: “How can one compare this iPad sofa on the wheels (without even a separate switch for lights!??) within Audi or BMW, what’s wrong with you people there!?? ..”

Get used to it…

Here is a comparison (Model 3 single motor non-performance version) by a credible professional car driver that happens to be a BMW enthusiast:

“…The steering, brakes, and balance were all on par with my expectations of a sport sedan—think [BMW] E46 M3… This car is a game-changer; it will be relatively attainable compared to its predecessors, and it was even able to satisfy the driving bias of an old-school BMW-lover like me. I really didn’t want to like it, but I found little to complain about…” source:

Yes, the conservative Germans are still stunned that a start-up American car company has done what none of the existing American auto OEMs have ever done in leapfrogging the vaunted German luxury/sport OEMs. Hence the whining by Markus, Johan and schlopp.

The good news for the planet is that this competition from little old Tesla is slowly forcing the laggard, legacy OEMso to start to pivot and in this move the Germans are out in front of the idiot American OEMs.

Who would rather work with the Trumpster to gut CAFE and pollution standards and stop making cars so they can make and sell more gas guzzling trucks and SUVs.

And in doing so, these idiots are setting themselves up for extinction.

Have you ever driven an electric car?

Wow, I’ve not heard the old classic “iPad on wheels” routine in quite a while. Thanks for the memories. But a couple of corrections: 1) The touchscreen is not the ONLY option for car commands. The most common controls (turn signal, high beams, mist wipe, wash spray, volume control, channel/song select, music pause, cruise control (CC) engage, CC speed adjust, CC distance adjust, and of course horn can all be controlled without taking your hands off the wheel. Even e-brake can be engaged with both hands on (press and hold the Park button at the end of the shift stalk). Anything you can ONLY adjust through the touchscreen is stuff you’d set and forget before you put it in drive. That includes auto headlights and high beams, auto wipers, etc. 2) The screen auto-dims; this is especially noticeable going through a long tunnel. It also switches to a darker background “night mode” at sunset. I’ve never had brightness/eye adjust issues in my Model S; I expect the Model 3 will be the same. 3) Not the first car to have an offset speedometer. In fact, it’s closer to the driver’s field of view than even the Z3. Hold up your… Read more »

LOL They needed consumer reports who did some standard tests to find out that they had some braking issues. Who can take this company serious?

about 700,000 people take them seriousLY, based on current owners and reservation holders. I’m sure it’s much higher than that though.

Good luck to those 700,000

And good luck to you with your negative mindset.

In 2020 Tesla Model 3 P100DL+ with some carbon fiber will be interesting

So, now we know; the full-boat performance model TM3 is being builded as a BMW M3 killer.

I cannot wait to see what Tesla does to the Model 3P Suspension to step up its game.

Haven’t seen a Model3 testing at The Ring. That’s a huge statement to back-up. Let’s see how close Tesla comes to beating the BMW M3.