Tesla chief Elon Musk has revealed details of upcoming dual motor versions surrounding the brand's all-important Model 3 small car.
Musk said the all-wheel-drive performance variant atop the Model 3 range will be able to sprint from 0-100km/h in just over 3.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 250km/h. Tesla also claims a usable maximum range of 500km.
In typical Musk, fashion the outspoken entrepreneur claimed that the Model 3 AWD Performance will be quicker than a BMW M3 around a track and have better handling.
The range-topping variant will be priced from $US78,000 ($103,700) according to Musk. That price includes all options including wheels and paint with the exception of the controversial Autopilot function.
Previously, Musk responded to queries on twitter about Australian prices for the Model 3 by saying that the cost will be the same as the US plus conversion rates, import duties and taxes which includes luxury car tax and GST.
Cost of all options, wheels, paint, etc is included (apart from Autopilot). Cost is $78k. About same as BMW M3, but 15% quicker & with better handling. Will beat anything in its class on the track.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2018
If Musk's claims regarding local prices ring true, that would mean the AWD Performance model would be priced from about $150,000 before on-road costs. This puts it firmly above the base BMW M3 Pure at $129,900 before on-road costs, but closer to the full-fruit M3 Competition at $146,900.
Tesla will also offer a standard all-wheel drive variant – without a performance focus – which Musk says will cost an extra $US5000 ($6600) on top of the two-wheel drive version. The stock all-paw model will have a range of up to 500km and a 0-100km/h time above 4.5 seconds, while its top speed will be 225km/h.
According to the American brand's Australian website, deliveries of right-hand-drive versions of the all-wheel drive Model 3 won't start until 2019. However, regular Model 3 sedans ordered today have a potential delivery date between 12-18 months, which would indicate that Australian orders for the AWD variants shouldn't be expected before 2020.
Tesla has been running behind schedule in regards to Model 3 production, with the Musk previously stating the car maker was in "production hell", and admiting that the brand has installed too much automation on its production line which has led to several days of stoppages to clear choke points.
However, with the electric marque now taking orders and about to commence production of the new variants, Tesla nd Musk may be finally clearing the production hurdle.