Tesla CEO Elon Musk has spilled details on the top-spec version of the forthcoming Model 3, confirming that the new compact sedan will have a dual-motor all-wheel drive set up with performance that will eclipse that of the BMW M3.
In a series of tweets on Twitter this week, Mr Musk revealed that the Model 3 will be capable of accelerating from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds, en route to a top speed of 250km/h. He also twitted that the Model 3 performance variant will boast a maximum driving range of 500 kilometres.
The Model 3’s dual motors – one in each axle – will also be able to operate independently in case of either motor breaks down, said Mr Musk.
“Tesla AWD is dual motor, so you can fully drive the car even if one breaks,” he said.
“(This) helps ensure you make it to your destination and don’t get stuck on (the) side of (the) road in potentially unsafe conditions.”
Comparing the Model 3 with the BMW M3, Mr Musk said the Tesla will be faster and dynamically superior.
“About (the) same as (the) BMW M3, but 15 per cent quicker and with better handling,” he said.
“(The car) will beat anything in its class on the track.”
As well as the performance range-topper, Tesla will also offer a “lesser” dual-motor AWD Model 3 variant with a claimed range of 500km and 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.5s. This model will have a top speed of 225km/h.
Mr Musk also announced Tesla’s new method for customers to arrange vehicle servicing.
“(We) will soon enable Tesla owners to request service from their phone with a few taps,” he said on Twitter.
“Tesla Ranger will come to you to take care of your car. No need to bring the car in yourself and zero paperwork”.
Production of the Tesla Model 3 will enter full swing by the end of this year, with first Australian deliveries scheduled for late 2019.
Pricing is expected to range from $60,000 to $140,000 for the top-spec performance ‘P’ variant, putting the Model 3 in direct competition against the likes of BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS.