Video: Tesla Model 3 Performance Versus BMW M3


In this day in age, comparing products on YouTube is a thing.

Of course, that can become a bit annoying. Certainly, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is a spectacular battery-powered machine. However, there’s more to things than straight-line acceleration and sheer speed off the line. Although entertaining, these videos are slowly getting old.

We all know the Model 3 specs. For some, the current BMW M3’s specs can be recited even in our sleep. In turn, it would be a bit more educational if YouTubers started doing more in-depth videos that really get our blood flowing.

The outgoing generation BMW M3 is powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine. It delivers 425 horsepower and 486lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) system, allowing for speedy gear changes and impressive power delivery. The M3 can sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in just 3.9 seconds with some journalists even achieving even lower acceleration times. Overall, the M3 is the benchmark in its price category, as this is one of the best handling cars that money can buy.

On the other hand, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is an electric performance machine. It’s powered by two electric motors, featuring a Dual Electric Motor setup, allowing the Model 3 to sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in 3.3 seconds. The battery pack will afford the owner with a 310-mile range and the Model 3 will make things interesting both on and off the track.

The video above does stray away for a bit from the usual 0-60 comparisons. However, if we’re being perfectly honest, the BMW M3 and the Tesla Model 3 Performance need a more thorough comparison. One that’s made both on and off the track. A comparison which goes deeper into the gist of things, sans the usual pricing, straight line performance and how they look in certain areas. Even though Tesla is trying to put the driver out of the equation, for most of us, driving a high-performance machine ourselves can be the most fun thing in the world.

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I’m pretty surprised there hasn’t been a head-to-head track comparison video yet, considering the recent improvements to the Model 3 Track Mode. Maybe there’s already been one/some, I just haven’t seen it yet.

The BMW M3 (F80 code) isn’t even in production anymore, so comparing a brand new car to one not even in production anymore is tougher as BMW probably doesn’t even have one in their press fleet anymore.

M3 vs M3

Author a big fan of “aggressive” looking and “noisy” obsolete vehicles that you visit in the repair shop and that drain your bank account and that are toxic to the environment. Views not shared by the emerging majority.

“Emerging majority” so not a majority then? Otherwise, you know, it’d be a majority.

Means old “mid-life” crisis people, the nostalgia of noise and fondling manual gears overpowers any technical consideration, because it just doesn’t “feel” right. It’s emotional.

The emerging majority would be the new wave of techie college graduates. They don’t have that nostalgia, they just wanna have fun without the hassle, just like the older crowd has no interest in handling grandpa’s horse.

You sure about that? While he keeps harping on how the BMW is more “aggressive” looking, I don’t get the impression that he tries to express an opinion on whether that’s a good thing…

What bothers me though is that he simply assumes the BMW will do better on the track…

He kept saying that the BMW was more aggressive looking. It’s certainly got more embellishments to it. The model 3 is sleek and elegant. Sure, it doesn’t have the “aggressive” giveaways like big intakes, but let me ask you — if you had to fight one of two guys – some random muscle monkey (looks aggressive), or Jet Li (who will take you apart), who would you rather fight?

I’d rather my car BE aggressive than LOOK aggressive. Nuff said.

Who’s “Nuff?”

That is on a need to know basis. ‘Nuff said.

Stork named Nuff said Chris is enough. I think he’s the last of the litter.

Nuff is his macho bf

I’d Rather Both , As Long As It Didn’t Resemble That Cheap Looking BMW….ha Ha ha … 🙂

You lost me at the M3 being the benchmark when the quadrifoglio exist.

There is a New M3 incoming and that Alfa will break down quicky as well as handle quite well.

That’s great that you’re assuming the “new” M3 will be better, assuming that the Alfa will “break down” and I’m not sure which vehicle you are speaking about that will “handle quite well”. The Alfa is the standard for now in this price segment. Subjectivity can leave out the back.

How well would that BMW M3 do at the track with those thin tires?

What thin tires.


Maybe its just the shadow on the tire or angles, but the sidewalls looked pretty thin. Looked like a lot more rim than rubber eg around the :58 mark

What’s the problem with short sidewalls at the track? FYI, “thin tires” generally refers to the width of the contact patch, not the sidewall height.

Can I have my 4 minutes back? I couldn’t watch it any longer. And why was he holding a squirrel wig in his hand?

Yea Really !…….. 🙁 …

I just kept skipping through the video until I saw the cars moving…they never did.

It’s been a while since the M3 was considered the paragon of handling in it’s price class. Instead it’s become the car rich people buy their teenagers. The handling class setters now are all American made; Mustangs, Camaros and Cadillacs.

You should probably let the rest of the world know; I’m sure Mini will be surprised and impressed to know a Cadillac now handles better than a JCW Cooper S.

Car and Driver Lightning Lap track times from the last 10 years:

Mini JCW, depending on year: 3:15 to 3:21
Cadillac CTS-V, depending on year: 2:56 to 3:04
Cadillac ATS-V (2106 tested): 2:59

So basically, not even close. Oh, and for reference, the BMW M3 is 3:05, also beat by the Cadillacs.

MINIs are crazy fun and handle well, but a Cadillac ATS-V or GT350 or ZL1 1LE would absolutely murder a JCW MINI on a track assuming comparable drivers.

The M3 has always been the handling benchmark to beat.

Rich people buy both cars for their kids so let’s get real here.

Tesla’s trying to put the driver out if the equation? That’s nonsense
The released the track pack a few weeks ago that makes the model 3 perform heroics other cars can only dream of

You’d Have to Be Crazy ,Drunk, 0r “Know Nothing About About Anything” to take A Homely Gasoholic BMW M3 0ver the Awesome Tesla Model 3 Performance … 🙂 … 🙁

Where’s the race? Useless video..

Tesla Model 3 Performance Driver

Appreciate everyone’s comments and perspectives! That’s my YouTube video, please check out some of the others, and consider subscribing to my channel. As a driver of both, I’m happy to share more impressions.

“No shame in having a BMW M3”

Except the shame of contributing to higher cancer and asthma rates, devastating climate change, and early death of your neighbors. But yeah, other than that, no shame.

The TM3P might have more of that aggressive look for the backend with the carbon fiber spoiler, but I haven’t seen really good vids or pictures of that. Nor seen it in person.

Would be good for Tesla to add a bit of some body kit mods for the TM3P to make it stand out more from the lower trim levels.