Tesla Model 3 Performance Edition

by Mike Hunter

Tesla’s Model 3 Performance Edition comes with the option of dual motor all-wheel drive, 20-inch performance wheels, and brakes and lowered suspension for total control, in all weather conditions. And a carbon fiber spoiler improves stability at high speeds, all allowing the Model 3 to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in as little as 3.2 seconds.

Tesla All-Wheel Drive has two independent motors. Unlike traditional all-wheel drive systems, these two motors digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels — for far better handling and traction control. The car can drive on either motor, so the drive never needs to worry about getting stuck on the road. If one motor stops working, the car can safely continue to its destination with the second.

Model 3 is fully electric, so the days of visiting a gas station again are long gone. Owners can charge overnight at home, and wake up to a full battery every morning. On the road, it’s easy to plug in along the way — at any public station or with the Tesla charging network — needing only about 30 minutes to charge. There are currently more than 12,000 Superchargers worldwide, at 1,400 locations, with six new locations opening every week. New Tesla owners do have to pay for use.

Autopilot advanced safety and convenience features are designed to assist with the most burdensome parts of driving. Autopilot enables the car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane. Full Self-Driving Capability introduces additional features and improves existing functionality to make the car more capable over time. Every new Model 3 comes standard with advanced hardware capable of providing Autopilot features today — and full self-driving capabilities in the future, through software updates designed to improve functionality over time.

The inside of Model 3 is unlike any other car. The owner can use her smartphone as a key, and access all driver controls in the central 15-inch touchscreen. The all-glass roof extends from front to back, creating a sense of openness from every seat, making this smaller model of the Tesla a comfortable and roomy option.

Performance Edition

MSRP: $59,900
Range: 310 mi.
0-60 mph: 3.2 sec.
Dual motor all-wheel drive

[Did You Know: When making comparisons for gas versus electric, studies show that Tesla is hands-down a better and more cost-effective option. The cost to fuel a gas vehicle similar in size is approximately $400 per month, where the Tesla Model 3 Performance is roughly $30.]

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