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Best Car Tracking Device – I drove the usual Tesla Model 3 back, 271-hp, a few months ago and loved it. It was pretty fast and it seemed pretty good. But I do not go from that thinking, “Geez, if only it had more performance.” Well, Tesla has given Model 3 more performance anyway – a bit more, dubbing a new trim level, creatively, “Model 3 Performance.” I’ll name it Weasel Squealing, or Tiger of Torque or Da Angry Badger or something But Tesla is a company Silicon Valley technology, so I guess “Performance” is acceptable for the trim level name.
The new model promises a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds, both on the same 75-kWh battery that provides the same 310-mile EPA distance as the other 3 models. So it’s even better before getting out of the specification sheet. Compare those numbers with the Two Wheeler Model Without Double Performance, which comes out at “only” 145 mph and takes 4.5 seconds to reach 60; and the Rear-Wheel Drive Model 3 that I drove seven months ago peaked at 140 mph and reached 60 in a relaxed 5.1 seconds.
The latest 3 is smaller, lighter and more agile than the flagship Model S, making it – potentially – the best Tesla you can buy (though the larger Model S, with more battery to pull, reach 60 in 2.5 seconds, so you should set your priorities for what constitutes the “best”). Elon Musk The Great and Powerfuls have tweeted that Model 3 Performance will beat the BMW M3 around the race track. So it sounds like a significant car.
We, unfortunately, lack specific specs though. There are not many technical details outlining the exact difference between Performance model and AWD and RWD Model 3 is out. The Tesla Model 3 Performance I drive is the first to launch from the assembly line in Fremont, way ahead of each detailed specification sheet. It was trucked to Los Angeles and into the Tesla showroom in the Westfield Century City shopping center, next to (I’m not making it up) a really interesting $ 150 Kim Kardashian makeup (I figure out) $ 150 for a makeup kit will make you look good enough to meet and marry your own Kanye West (oh if only!). So there are no engineers around, no JB Straubel, for example, and a handful of salesmen hanging around anxiously in the sales of fashionable and passionate clothes selling WestSiders, the new Tesla, but I got the impression they probably did not know cell 18650 from $ 18 Peach Crème KKW Lipstick tube (another Kim Kardashian item).
Actually, Model 3 does not use 18650 batteries anymore (diameter 18 mm, height 65 mm; no one knows where zero comes from the tip, according to Musk). All Model 3 is now supported by tray 2170 cells, larger and more power-dense than 18650.
The 3 Performance model has dual motors, one drives the front wheel and the other drives tears. Combined, two motors make 335 kW, or 450 hp. For comparison, the base of Model 3 has one motor that makes 271 hp, and the dual-motor Model 3 has two that combine for 346. So the 450-hp Model Performance 3 is definitely a big step. The additional power comes from what Tesla calls, without elaboration, “a more capable inverter.”
Controlling all that power on the way to the wheel is a new vehicle dynamic control system (VDC). Tesla no longer uses Bosch VDC but instead builds it himself. Tesla says this allows engineers to more precisely set front and rear torque distribution as well as side-to-side.
Model 3 Performance is not just about straight line acceleration, too. Suspension is lowered while Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are around. The base level wheels for trim Performance is 18s, but 20s is available.
The Performance Upgrade Performance Upgrade 3 Performance model includes: 20 “performance wheels,” performance “brakes with lightweight two-piece rotors to improve heat management, carbon fiber spoilers for stability at 155-mph top speed, lowering suspension and alloy pedals aluminum with a small piece of rubber on it.This list raises more questions than answers, and there is no answer, at least not yet So we do not know what Tesla is doing to springs and shocks and whether the steering is faster or the same. once there is no indication of what may or may not be in the promised “track mode” setting currently being resolved now, even though it may not be the name of a small list promising promised performance beyond what you see in the car. Elon Musk might say, “All in good time, my little clothes, all in good time.”
And yes, I managed to drive Model 3 Performance. Now, you think that this will be an insightful experience. I even brought my Racelogic plug-in test kit to try some 0-60 launches. But nothing is running on my drive. First of all, I can not find a cigarette lighter where I can install a useful little accelerometer. It’s there, not easy to find. There is a USB port in Teslas. Apparently the owner of Tesla does not need to smoke as often as other drivers. Maybe they’re vape. Who knows? Secondly, my drive takes place in West L.A. during rush hour on Friday, driving through it like trying to train yourself to the stage at the free Kanye West concert.
But I tried, first going west on Santa Monica Blvd, then south in Westwood, then giving up on that plan and turning north to try and make Sunset Blvd before my one hour drive runs out. On the way I found Hilgard Ave., which not only had a car when I drove it, but some actual curves – two to be exact.
I jumped, making Tesla’s observer giggle and squeaking slightly while making Model 3 Performance come on. That’s promising. I think, as much as I can say in two rounds, like a tightly controlled body roll, perfect front-back weight balance, and grip limits far beyond what Hilgard has to offer. I turned around and did it again, in the opposite direction, with the same result. No understeer, no oversteer, just straight, tracking right through the turn. Whee!
Acceleration, too, is strong; even thrilling. It remains unclear whether you have to do a very chemically silly 30 minute preprinting exercise to get a 0-60 3.5 seconds figure, but whatever number I experienced impressed me.
Tesla says that this Model 3 version can swing through the track without being too hot and dead, just like the famous Model S did in the previous picking session a few years ago. Larger controls of all car performance parameters, from torque distribution to battery temperature control, are reported to be much better in this new Model. Model 3. It is unclear whether Model 3 Performance can travel the race distance, or even the exposure sessions, but it sounds like it would do a few laps at least. Again, we’ll see.
Of course, all this is not cheap. While the basic Model 3, which does not exist but can arrive in the hands of customers in six or nine months according to Tesla, starts at $ 36,000. This model starts at $ 65,000 and is plugged in at $ 79,000 in the car I choose. BMW M3 which includes price and performance. But M3 is a proven commodity, with many generations of happy owners and more than a few lap records. Tesla constantly develops its cars, sometimes through over-the-air updates when better software solutions come out. That’s good and bad.
So far, the customer seemed enthusiastic no matter what happened, cheering at Musk as he was the leader of the sect. But if you have to join the sect, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph would be a good choice.