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Tesla Model 3 Performance Obliterates Base Model 3 In Drag Race

An extra motor and two extra drive wheels will do that.

We recently had a chance to drive the "base" single motor Tesla Model 3 with rear-wheel-drive and we can confirm that it felt incredibly quick. Tesla says the long-range-battery car can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds or 4.5 seconds in the dual-motor all-wheel-drive model. Either of these cars feels quick enough to throw your head back into the seat, but Tesla never seems to be satisfied with "crazy" acceleration. It needs to be ludicrous. That is why Tesla revealed a new dual-motor Model 3 Performance Model starting at $78,000 that drops the 0-60 time down to just 3.5 seconds.

It is all well and good to see the numbers on paper, but nothing beats a good old fashioned demonstration. We knew it was only a matter of time before someone pitted the new Performance model against the base car, and the results are staggering. The single-motor car felt quicker than its 5.1 second 0-60 time may suggest, and indeed some tests have even measured the car hitting 60 mph as quickly as 4.6 seconds.

But of course, this was nowhere near enough to beat the Performance model, which has easily exceeded Tesla's estimates of a 3.5-second 0-60 time. Some tests have even measured the car hitting 60 mph in just 3.18 seconds. Watch for yourself as the single-motor Model 3, which is an extremely quick car in its own right, looks like it is standing still in a drag race against its big brother.

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