Tesla Sets Up New Production Line, Builds First Model 3 Dual Motor Performance

Tesla’s problems with Model 3 production are widely known at this point but the company has been slowing ramping up production over the past few months.

Production should significantly increase in the future as Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to reveal the company has built an all-new production line in just three weeks. Crediting his team with doing “amazing work,” Musk said the new production line was built using “minimal resources” and is already churning out Model 3s.

One of the first cars off the new assembly line was the Model 3 Dual Motor Performance which was announced less than a month ago. As the name suggests, the high-performance model has two electric motors and Musk has previously said the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Musk suggested the Model 3 Dual Motor Performance will cost around $78,000 and have a range of 310 miles (499 km) on a single charge. While the car costs more than twice as much as the base Model 3 – which still isn’t in production – Musk said pricing is on par with the BMW M3 but the Model 3 DMP is “15% quicker” and has better handling.

Tesla fans with more modest budgets can order the standard Model 3 Dual Motor. The second electric motor is a $5,000 option and it enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds before topping out at 140 mph (225 km/h). This means the car is 0.6 seconds faster to 60 mph (96 km/h) than the rear-wheel drive Model 3 with the long range battery. Speaking of the latter, the Model 3 Dual Motor also has a range of 310 miles (499 km).

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Ha. Tesla can barely get the Model 3 out the door and now they want to add a higher performance model to the production line? Meanwhile the base level Model 3 – the one that got them all the reservations in the first place – is sitting on the back burner. Way to get your priorities straight, Tesla.

    • lagunas3ca

      You mean sitting on back burner after it was crowned sales champion for EVs in January and February, totaling 4,360 sales?

      • Alfa Giulia QV

        Sales number isn’t the same as production numbers. And I said the base level Model 3. The cheap one that’s supposed to be 35k? I have yet to see that.

        • lagunas3ca

          That is in fact the only Model 3 they are continuing to build, the “standard” model, in an attempt to limit options to streamline production until they begin producing the AWD variant after July.

          • Alfa Giulia QV

            They should have had production streamlined from the start when they decided to build the Model 3.

          • lagunas3ca

            No disagreement there. Analysts argue that over-automation is to blame for Tesla problems. Even Elon Musk admitted the complex network of conveyor belts were not working properly so they had to get rid of it in favor of using people in the production process.

          • krusshall

            They are only building the version with long range battery and premium interior package which is $49,000…there is no availability of the $35,000 car for 6-9 months after sustaining 5000 units per week production.

        • Daniela Wolf

          costs 27K + workers and CEO = – 5K per car?

      • krusshall

        Yes, can you believe that Tesla can have the most EV sales yet not offer the much hyped $35,000 version?

      • Daniela Wolf

        decreasing reservation numbers…….

  • Honda NSX-R

    Doesn’t look that much different from a regular Model 3

  • botornot387

    Don’t care about the performance, while I applaud it. But for that performance and pricing, I want something that adds drama. I would take an M3 over this any day. Nothing about this specific model feels special, and I hate the interior with that stupid iMac sitting in the middle.

    • Bob

      Couldn’t agree more. I think Tesla’s are groundbreaking cars but they’re lacking in so many of the things that give a car its soul. The Model S at least had some attempt at interior luxury and ergonomics. The 3 looks like you’re sitting in a cheap video game. They need to do better.

      • botornot387

        PREACH!

  • dojevu

    Mmmmm… … Kool-Aid…

  • Bash

    why?

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Is it me or does this building look like a temporary location of this general assembly line??

    Like a TEST line, being portrayed as a NEW line and ready for the Dual motor model. I hope the company is more focused than they seem to be by the media they are pumping out. Seems all over the place to me. Like, FOCUS on getting the ACTUAL model people have put deposits on! NO ONE, I mean NO ONE has put a deposit on a dual motor model since it isn’t possible. So get your crap together and get THOSE cars out to people waiting. And 100% QC too! #nopanelgap

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