Dual Motor Tesla Model 3 To Hit 60 MPH In 3.5 Seconds, Cost $78k

Technical specifications for the dual-motor Tesla Model 3 derivatives have been announced by Elon Musk on Twitter.

Tesla will produce two all-wheel drive Model 3s, one focused on range and the other optimized for power. The first of these two will use the same 258 HP and 317 lb-ft rear wheel motor as the regular Model 3 and also utilize a second electric motor driving the front axle.

Tesla hasn’t published a combined horsepower figure, but says this Model 3 variant will reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, a healthy 1.1 seconds quicker than the rear-wheel drive version, and will top out at 140 mph (225 km/h).

As for the performance-focused dual-motor Model 3, it will be capable of launching from a standstill to 60 mph in a rapid 3.5 seconds and max out at 155 mph (250 km/h).

According to Musk, the performance dual-motor Model 3 will be priced around $78,000, including all options, wheels and paint but without the optional Autopilot semi-autonomous driving aid. Musk adds that it will be “15% quicker & with better handling” than the BMW M3 and be capable of beating “anything in its class on the track.”

The base dual-motor Model 3, on the other hand, adds $5000 to the starting price of a standard Model 3.

Order books for the dual motor Model 3s should open imminently. Let’s see if they will draw crowds again, even at a smaller scale than the original Model 3.

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  • “Car drives fine even if a motor breaks down”

    • Axiom Ethos

      It’s rare but has happened, do your research. A weak point in a car’s drive-train would not be a good selling point to offer one model over another either. That’s just plain dumb. In fact they’re doing the opposite so that they can work out any issues BEFORE releasing the model with the highest demand.

      • Nordschleife

        How much research can he do if he didn’t hear about it until he read this article? I never heard of it either. Neither MICHGO nor I believe it’s false we just never heard of it.


    That’s nice now how’s the production of the base level Model 3 coming along? Isn’t that supposed to be Tesla’s bread and butter; the affordable EV for the masses?

    • S3XY

      Higher priced model first. Affordable model later this year. Same plan from the beginning.

      • LWOAP

        What was that? You said three more delays for the Model 3’s production before we get the affordable model? Thanks for clearing that up.

        • Nordschleife

          Lol I get it.

  • izzey04

    better handling than M3 …lollll

    • Ken Lyns

      With CG 5-6″ above ground, sure.

      • Henry3518

        Not only CG is lower, moment of inertia is also lower thanks to lower weight of the motors (versus big engine block up front). The Model 3 handling should be more similar to the mid-engine layout (Cayman/Boxster) than the traditional ICE sedan.

        • Ken Lyns

          Similar in understeer/oversteer tendency maybe. The Model 3’s battery pack is still heavy, making the car about 200 lb heavier than an M3.

  • Jay D

    Always the 0-60 with Tesla.That’s their only selling point in regards of performance.Yes, it’s very good but it seems like with every vehicle they market, the 0-60 is the spotlight.Yet their main target market for the model 3 and most of their products is the masses, daily commuters ( in traffic ).Better handling than the M3 ?! Does Elon know what an M3 is? He’s really reaching there Lol

    • LWOAP

      IMO, the 0-60 times is literally the only thing Tesla has going for them that’s why people focus on it so much.

      • Jay D


      • S3XY

        I just charged for free in Santa Clarita at the Supercharger after attending the Paul Walker car show.

        All the lambos and supercars were at the gas station.

        Charging my car at home beats anything any gas car offers. Been doing it for 3 years now.

        Difference between us is that I live this gas free life every day and you do not.

        You don’t understand how great it is until you experience it.

        I mean it’s been over 1,000 days.

        • LWOAP

          All the lambos and supercars were at the gas station.

          That’s where the party is at and you missed out.

        • Matthew Boyd

          Soooo…you were happy to go home from a car show instead of hangin out with a group of fire breathing Lamborghini’s and supercar’s when they stopped for gas…? And all car guys know what happens at and after gas station stops before and after car meets. Law breaking and bumper to bumper group pulls. Yeah…I’m not picking up what you’re putting down.

        • TheBelltower

          I stopped in Southampton this weekend for an impromptu gathering of Ferraris and other exotics. I while I was looking at a Bugatti and old Ferraris, the owners of those cars gathered around my Model X. Two of them had Teslas also. You can’t beat the day-to-day living with a Tesla, but I do love to drive a car with a nice sounding engine.

    • Axiom Ethos

      Is he really reaching though? The CEO of Tesla outright claiming better handling than an M3 would be pretty bold to be completely wrong. Instead of assuming he’s wrong and looking like a fool you should wait for the results.

      • Jay D

        The CEO of Tesla says a lot of things.

      • Matthew Boyd

        You have to re-read your own question. There are multiple times Musk have over promised and under delivered. You been following the company at all..? Not trying to be sarcastic either, but his track record is well know in the automotive/tech world.

    • S3XY

      0 to the speed limit quicker than everything else. Smooth, zero tailpipe emissions and no gas ever burned. Try and top that.

      • Matthew Boyd

        Oh, I see. You only buy cars if they emit zero emissions and are quicker than everything else? Tesla’s great and all and their vehicles are fast af…but do you not like any other car? Your comment was kind of like, Tesla’s the best, because their cars are good/ near the best at two things. You can email some of the near century and over century old automotive companies that have R&D budgets you wouldn’t believe your, “Try and top that” statement. Might be a little gullible to believe that Tesla will be the best in the electric car business when the wave starts crashing down starting in 2019. it’s easy to be the best at something when your competing with yourself.

        • Well the reviews of the Model 3 give a very positive view about the car. Good handling, best range, super low consumption, huge space inside, two trunks, goes quicker than the Ferraris in the 80s, has a lot of clever features. What’s there not to like?

  • Silimarina

    better handling than M3? Hope someone will test that.

  • Jay

    lol and the M3 will look 1000x better inside and out. This car is less attractive than a base Mazda 3 let alone an M3. I mean i guess they never said which M3, considering the one it will compete with isn’t even out yet.

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    Musk says a lot of things.

    • S3XY

      He’s doing things no one has ever done. How are you doing?

      • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

        Just fine thanks!

      • Matthew Boyd

        You mean Musk was out the gate first with doing things no one has done. That happens in everything in the world. It’s not who does it first, but who does it best. Tesla is best now because their competing with no one as their vehicles only recently got the Jaguar as their first real competitor. Take this lead with a grain of salt. You sound excited about your car and the company, but a bit blind to the obvious…meaning your comments are solely subjective.

  • Matthew Boyd

    “About same as BMW M3, but 15% quicker & with better handling. Will beat anything in its class on the track”. I wouldn’t put stock into that comment. The companies base aren’t car people. The M3 is a breed sports sedan, generations have been run through the ringer to create it, and the Muskinator honestly believes he magically created a car that not only out performs it, but all others in the class…Yeah, and I just won May 19th PowerBall.

  • Matthew Boyd

    You’d need instrumented test to confirm or deny that. Can’t go by a buttmeter.

  • Six_Tymes

    I may be wrong, but at that price they should be including “Autopilot”. THEN they would possibly put a dent in others business, I mean lets face it, “Autopilot” is one of the main features as to why people have interest in Tesla. If Autopilot costs a lot more to add on, aren’t you right back up nearing S territory? I mean, we went from a claimed 35 grand car, pretty much pitched that way all over for like two years that’s all I heard, “model 3 for 35G”. Now we are talking 78G +++? The affordable EV for the masses? hmmm

    • Are you saying the BMW M3 is a “35G car”? You get the 318i for that kind of money. Of course the high-end model with the most power will be expensive, however show me a car for 78 grand that does 3.5s to 60 and can carry a family and has super low maintenance cost. That’s the comparison you need to make.

      • Six_Tymes

        no, i am not. The model 3 was to be The affordable EV for the masses, and its not, it costs a lot more to get what people wanted as far a features, and what was expected at 35G, that is and was a big let down when delivers started.

        • It’s exactly 35 grand. The ones they first started to produce has the larger battery pack that most people (masses) don’t need. You have the choice which one you’d like the buy.

  • Infinite1

    I’m more concerned about quality control issues. Have Tesla fixed those issues yet?

  • Dave Cortez

    Define “Track”! The Model S is great 0-60 but throw some turns at it, and it falls to lesser cars costing half as much. You never near about the Model S times at the Nurburgring, because well….they don’t compare. So they use 0-60 because its a one trick pony. Maybe they’ve fixed that shortcoming in the Model 3 but so far all we’re hearing about are straight line times. Until I start hearing lap times at VIR or the Nurburgring, I will assume its meant to go fast in straight lines and that’s it.

  • SteersUright

    Very impressive stats but heres a few niggles they must build confidence around in order to ever be taken seriously as a true sport sedan, in my opinion: improve build quality, moving beyond bland exterior design language (the M3 is far more interesting looking), shed some serious weight (like 1000lbs!), provide excellent reliability to enhance confidence in the purchase (this includes better/longer warrant like Hyundai offered and making parts available st very reasonable cost)

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