Just How Fast Is The Tesla Model 3 In A Straight Line?

While it may not look like the most visually aggressive car out there, the Tesla Model 3 can be devastatingly quick, as long as you go for the dual motor Performance variant.

It features a combined output of 456 PS (450 HP / 335 kW) and according to Tesla, it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds. It can also travel up to 498 km (310 miles) on a single charge, and while that’s extremely important, this test was all about straight line speed.

As it turns out, the dual-motor Model 3 is even quicker than advertised, as the guys from Model 3 Owners Club managed to get the car from naught to 60 in just 3.17 seconds, and that’s before they fitted a lighter set of wheels, taking off roughly 9 lbs (4 kg) per corner.

The end result was a sprint time of 3.12 seconds, which is 911 GT3 RS territory…in a barely mid-size family car. Other cars that will hit 60 mph in roughly 3 seconds flat are the Ferrari 488 GTB, the F12tdf, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and even the Audi R8 V10 Plus, on a good day.

Can the Tesla actually put its “money” where its mouth is though? As it turns out, it really can. We saw one last month taking on a BMW M3 Competition Package at the drag strip. The Model 3 Performance consistently beat the BMW, despite its weight disadvantage.

All wheel drive and instantaneous torque delivery go a long way in helping you win those types of battles.


  • ace_9

    Not again…

    • Larry Qualls

      Apparently its no slouch in the corners either ….

  • Arthur Burnside

    Try that acceleration with a heated up motor/battery or when the battery has a typical state of charge. The perfomance version of the Jaguar I Pace will shred any Tesla vehicle – less than 1.8 seconds to 60. In fact, just about any electric car can be engineered match any Tesla vehicle.

    • Erm, I Pace 0-60 in “less than 1.8 seconds”?! Have you been smoking something ?

      • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

        Everybody is wishing they could get hold of the stuff Musk is smoking.

    • LouInPA

      I saw the I-Pace at Watkins Glen track a couple weeks ago – sitting still, but I’d bet no way on those performance numbers. It look very nice though and sits on 20″ wheels.


    • TheBelltower

      Have you ever actually experienced the reliability of a Jaguar/Range Rover vehicle? The Jaguar won’t match the Tesla or any vehicle because it won’t make it out of the garage.

      • Matt

        And Tesla is the benchmark for reliability is it?

        • TheBelltower

          I can only speak for myself. I’ve spent more Saturdays in a JLR service waiting room than I can count. Haven’t spent any time at a Tesla service center in the nine months I’ve owned it.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Next article: How reliable is it in a straight line?
    Answer: Not very!

  • Anthony James

    We get it. Tesla’s are fast in a straight line.

  • Larry Qualls

    I still don’t get all of the negativity(haters) that follows Tesla. We should be proud of these vehicles!

    • Richard Alexander

      Actually, Elon is an inspiring individual and the products are bold. However, as an investor, I hate on Tesla because they are the poster child of the perversity of quantitative easing. Pretty much every asset in the world is significantly overvalued because of quantitative easing. I’m sick of waiting for things to normalize. The other option: invest in money losing companies “valued” at $50 billion and try to play musical chairs and get out before the inevitable collapse.

  • Richard Alexander

    I think the real question is: how long from 0 to engulfed in flames?

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