Tesla's Model 3 will reportedly do 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds

Shawn Knight

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An alleged sales brochure (or more accurately, an anti-sell document) for Tesla’s upcoming mainstream Model 3 reveals the electric sedan won’t be nearly as zippy as its bigger brother, the Model S.

A source claiming inside knowledge of Tesla’s activities recently published the brochure over on the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club (via Inside EVs). According to the leak, the Model 3 will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. That’s not really slow, per se, but it’s nowhere near as fast as Tesla’s other vehicles.

Motor Trend earlier this year found that a top-of-the-line Model S P100D with Ludicrous+ mode, for example, can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a blistering 2.28 seconds. Then again, a well-equipped Model S P100D starts at $140,000 which is far less than the $35,000 base price the Model 3 is expected to debut at.

The document also reiterates that the Model 3 will feature a range of 215 miles and again as we already know, it won’t be privy to unlimited Supercharger network use. What’s more, there’s only 14 cubic feet of front and rear trunk cargo volume – less than half of what the Model S offers.

Mass production on the Model 3 is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

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Going zero to sixty in less than ten seconds is fast enough.

Yes, it is. But when you have the downside that a 'tank refill' lasts at least 30 minutes for a decent range, and that range is a smidgen over 200 miles, you expect the best performances for that class of cars (medium size hatchbacks?) at that price-point. You need to be the best in class at something to be worth the wait until 2018 when you will get one if you're lucky.

At that price-point, you can get for example the Focus RS, which has better everything in terms of performance and avalability.

The Model S is the best in its class performance-wise, and it sells pretty good because of that, in spite of the downside of the current battery powered EVs (range and charge time). The model 3 should have been the same. I see a fail here, and it might actually hurt the EVs as a whole, not just Tesla, or just the model 3
 

Greg S

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At it's price point, it needs to be on par with BMW 3 series, Audi A4, Lexus IS/ES models, and the like. Otherwise, Tesla isn't going to be just a luxury car make anymore, but maybe that's their goal.
 

USAvenger

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The cars need some of this promising battery technology that we keep reading about on Techspot but have yet to see come to fruition...
 

Vulcanproject

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0-60 in 5.6s isn't to be sniffed at. Only the fastest hot hatches are quicker. A 2017 Honda Civic Type R with over 300bhp is barely any quicker. You would need a BMW 330i to match it.

It also leaves room for the inevitably upgraded versions.

I would imagine within a couple of years there will a version with extra range and more performance.
 

TheBigT42

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Pay per use on the model 3 is not entirely accurate

Ensuring Use for Long-Distance Travel
For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel. Beyond that, there will be a small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car. All cars will continue to come standard with the onboard hardware required for Supercharging.

We will release the details of the program later this year, and while prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity, our Supercharger Network will never be a profit center.

These changes will not impact current owners or any new Teslas ordered before January 1, 2017, as long as delivery is taken before April 1, 2017
 

wiyosaya

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Pay per use on the model 3 is not entirely accurate

Ensuring Use for Long-Distance Travel
For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel. Beyond that, there will be a small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car. All cars will continue to come standard with the onboard hardware required for Supercharging.

We will release the details of the program later this year, and while prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity, our Supercharger Network will never be a profit center.

These changes will not impact current owners or any new Teslas ordered before January 1, 2017, as long as delivery is taken before April 1, 2017
Shawn must have missed this. https://www.tesla.com/referral/brad4847 and https://www.tesla.com/support/supercharging

0-60 MPH in WTF seconds is a metric that will never impress me. As long as the thing moves reasonably well to keep up with normal traffic, I could care less what WTF 0-60 MPH metric it has.
 

captaincranky

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@Shawn Knight

"Tesla's Model 3 will someday, eventually maybe, do 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds".

Fixed! You're welcome!

(That is of course, predicated on whether there are any Tesla factory workers not out on disability by then).