Watch Tesla Model 3 Blow Away Opel Ampera-E


We so often see the Tesla Model S smoking all comers, but not the Model 3.

That’s likely because its rather new and its performance is not nearly on par with the Model S P100D, but that doesn’t mean the Model 3 lacks the racing pedigree.


In fact, when matched up against one of its closest competitors, the Opel Ampera-E (cousin to the Chevy Bolt), the 3 shows it has what it takes to capture an easy win. Within just a couple of seconds, the Tesla Model 3 is already seen pulling away from the Opel Ampera-E.

According to the video uploader, the Model 3 hit 62 MPH in 5.7 seconds. The Ampera-E need 7.3 seconds to complete the 0 to 62 MPH dash.

The Model 3 officially runs from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds, though it’s been tested a bit quicker. Meanwhile, the Chevy Bolt, which topped this quickest affordable car comparo, accomplishes the feat in 6.5 seconds.

Road results will always vary though.

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We all appreciate that Tesla != Prius.

But promoting street racing is very irresponsible.

You’re asking the pony to not perform the only trick it knows to do.

Haha! Why do you even visit forums like these? Have you ever even SAT in a Tesla? Let alone driven one? How about ANY electric vehicle?

Work hard, save your money, and then you too can be in the club..

Thanks for checking. I love my i3. I’ve never felt the need to go to drag races. Since you got triggered so easily, what do you drive? Oh wait. You’re sitting in your mom’s basement waiting for the model 3 wait list to move.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“I love my i3. I’ve never felt the need to go to drag races. ”

Yeah, not sure what the big deal is about this drag stuff myself. Kind of a waste of energy an tires.

Why the nastiness?

We all like electric cars so why posture and diss?

A guy whose tag is F150 is obviously bound to troll. But who cares. Heel biters are always lost souls online looking for an argument. Stirring the pot gives them some artificial sense of self importance.

We love electric cars. Deal with it.

The i3 vs Tesla bantor is great. Each person has favorites for their own reasons. Just please let’s keep it friendly and factual. Not personal.

We who drive electric are a tiny minority on our roads. We all want lots more chargers, better enforcement of ICEing, more ICE Poems to put up or shut up and faster charging.

With all that are against an electric future, the most inane of actions is to fight amongst ourselves.

Get over yourself. They made an entire South Park episode about navel gazing smug virtue signalers who get high off their own flatulence like you.

Must be dan’s time of the month.

It seems the M3 has more than one trick up its sleeve. Saw a Youtube video of a guy who took his M3 out to Laguna Seca. Got respectable times with stock tires and brakes. He burned his stock brakes up after an afternoon though.

Looked up comparable times and this guy’s time beat Jeremy Clarkson’s (of Top Gear) time around Laguna Seca in a 2001 Acura (Honda) NSX. And no it didn’t overheat after one or two laps. He ran it for quite a few. But again the stock brakes were the limiting factor like any car with stock brakes at a race track.

And all this capability with an EPA rating of 130 mpge under normal driving. That’s a lot better than the i3s 94Ah 112 mpge.

P.S. I own an i3 and like it.

For the upteen-th time they clarified this in about every article.
***Editor’s note: Street racing is illegal, unsafe and not advised.

If they’ve really believed it, they wouldn’t publish it.

Since this is a moto-sports blog, we’re going to have to get used to it.

Haven’t seen ANY info as to the reduction gearing. The Model S,X stuff is no where near as conservatively designed as the BOLT ev’s – and if the ‘3’ is built as similarly near the edge as the other Tesla cars then it will be interesting to see how long the ‘3’ doing drag runs will last until the gearbox is severely worn.

If MotorSports NTWK wants to provide informative articles, they’ll do better to tell us MORE about the cars many are interested in puchasing. The weber university’s ‘Deconstruction Professor’ was definitely the kind of thing I’m thinking about, as he seems to objectively analyze most things he looks at and also seems to be offended at the right kinds of things, such as the New Leaf’s horrid battery treatment.

Not sure I would call It racing.

Race? That wasn’t a race.
They were simply using air turbulence to move road salt.

Agreed. Some of these stories are too pro-Tesla and come off silly. Of course the Model 3 is faster than tons of cars that are reported to be slower. This isn’t surprising.

Oh yea, and don’t forget, comparing a $55,000 Model 3 to a probably $30,000 Ampera isn’t very interesting. These are not in the same class. There is no $35,000 Model 3.

Yeah, the whole thing is getting a bit infantile, really.

We already knew based on the specs that the Model 3 was quicker, so that’s not exactly news. The Bolt still can still easily outrun most economy gas cars.

5.7/7.3? Driver too heavy, especially one in A-E?

The Bolt was under 70% SOC. That’s equals about a 10 kW drop in peak motor output. Wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome of this race, but notable nonetheless.

I’d be interested to see what a SR 3 versus Bolt race would be like. You know, if Elon ever gets around to releasing a $35k 3.

Exactly my point. Did anyone at any given point expect any different outcome to Tesla winning??? Think not. Also this model 3 is definitely twice the price the Opel. So GJ. Twice the performance at twice the price. There is a bang for Your buck.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

The need to post the “Price as tested” on these things.

It doesn’t have to be twice the price. If one is only interested in getting the most performance with the least options then the Model 3 long range starts at $44,000 (mid to late 2018) to the Bolt’s starting price of $37,500. That’s only $6.5K different.

Just because the M3 is optioned all the way out has little bearing on its performance vs. the Opel. Sure the long range M3 base version isn’t available yet but you get my point.

There is no $44,000 Model 3. The only Model 3 currently being made is the $49,000 Model 3, + 1,000 for destination charge, +1,000 for any non-black color, +5,000 auto pilot that everyone will end up getting. You’re at $56,000

And no one makes you spend $5,000 upfront for the Autopilot or even the $1,000 for a different color then black if you are ok with a black car.

So that equals $50,000 for a LR with the upgrade package and the possibility to later add Autopilot which already puts it well above the utilitarian Bolt.

A fully charged Bolt performs better than a partially discharged one. I’ve seen times posted in publications as low as 6.2s for the Bolt.

The SOC also harms Model S 0-60 times, so I assume this also occurs with the Model 3.

But I don’t really know why anyone bothered drag racing these two? 😛 The Model 3 is always going to smoke the Bolt, especially the LR Model 3.

Also the M3. 4.8-5.1 seconds are what others are getting for the long range version.

Bolt should be getting 6.5. That’s why I’m wondering if the drivers are overweight or maybe they had 5 people in the car?

Terrible music.

Of course a RWD sports sedan designed and geared for performance is going to win over a FWD small wagon designed and geared for more efficiency. But which one can load more groceries and big box items from COSTCO? Also, the Model 3 as is today is $60k vs the Bolts $38k.

What’s amazing about the M3 long range though is that it has greater performance yet it also has an mpge of 130 to the Bolt’s 119 mpge.

Probably largely due to better aerodynamics. Hatchbacks suffer compared to sedans at higher speeds.

Try $50,000 and you would be accurate.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

A drag……..meh.

We need to see a US re-match using a version of each car that that actually cost the buyer $35k (or less).

Oh wait, only one of them is available at that price?!

LOL. Yeah, Bolt would win by default, as the $35k Model 3 would be a no-show.

I don’t get what is going on, how difficult is it to plug an Ampera-e in before the test?

Sorry, but there is no useful information to be gleaned by this story. How about a fair test guys where the cars have the equivalent KWH remaining in the batteries?

As others have said, this is not comparing a $35,000 model to another $35,000 model.

I don’t think anyone doubted the $56,000 (or whatever it was) ($46,500 versus $26,000-$30,000 depending on the ACTUAL TRANSACTION PRICES when factoring in the USA Fed Discount) car was the quicker Ride.

Many of us are more interested in the Reliability of the vehicles we purchase.

Mommy’s Basement types who are just here to arm-chair quarterback never have to worry about those kinds of things, and disparage those of us who have a certain amount of Wealth tied up in a New Vehicle Purchase.

Must be nice to live off of Gov’t Largess your whole life.

Weird. The run has the Ampera at 7.3 seconds, which is half a second or so slower than the other 100+ YouTube videos out there of the Bolt EV. What exactly did they do to slow it down so much? Or is the Bolt EV that different?

Would be interesting to see a comparison of the 40-60 MPH times. That’s usually more important in actual driving. I believe the Bolt EV set a record at Laguna Seca so I’m guess it holds its own.

A car with more horsepower beat a car with less horsepower, what a shocking result 😮. This comment was sponsored by Sarcasm 😉.