Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, threw down the gauntlet with claims that the performance Tesla Model 3 will be faster than a BMW M3, as he took to social media to disclose benchmark performance figures for the upcoming, all-electric sports saloon.
In a series of posts, Musk divulged key figures boasted by the range-topping Model 3, offering them to a BMW M3 for the purpose of comparison. ‘Cost is $78k. About same as BMW M3, but 15 per cent quicker and with better handling,’ he said. He went on to reveal a claimed 0-100kph time of 3.5sec and a 250kph top speed; 0.6sec faster than the M3 but the same top speed.
Getting progressively punchier with his comments, Musk said the Model 3 ‘will beat anything in its class on the track’. However, he stopped short of detailing the Model 3’s full specification, so whether it has the necessary hardware to corroborate that statement remains to be seen.
Musk, though, did confirm, that like the faster Model S and X variants, the performance Model 3 will employ a dual motor set-up – with a motor powering each axle. Both draw power from a collection of batteries, located in the chassis floor, which have a capacity that translates to a 499-kilometres range, according to the entrepreneur.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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