The Tesla Model 3 was revealed 19 months ago, promising access to the fun and futuristic world of Tesla’s high-end electric cars at a relatively affordable price. The car’s been hyped, speculated about, discussed to exhaustion and obsessed over since it was unveiled last summer. But few people have driven one without Tesla’s corporate supervision—until now. Elon Musk and company made good on their promises to put Model 3s in customers’ driveways in 2017, albeit narrowly. While the very first cars went to employees, in the final days of the year a large batch of early builds were delivered to regular, civilian customers who had no professional affiliation to Tesla and pre-ordered them months ago. Any way you look at it, the Model 3's a big deal. It’s the make-or-break mainstream, volume car for Tesla, and its hype and sexiness could potentially make electric cars catch on in a way more boring ones won’t. And while Tesla itself isn’t … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model 3 Makes The Future Feel Normal
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Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. What can one person determine about the ultra-important Tesla Model 3 Performance with just an hour and a half behind the wheel? Probably not much, but this week we had the collective brain-weight of four Jalopnik writers who took turns inside the quickest and most powerful version of Tesla’s compact car. And we walked away not only impressed, but wanting more. (Full Disclosure: One of Tesla’s PR folks was in New York and they invited us to take a spin in a new Model 3 Performance demonstrator car on Thursday morning. No food, booze or airfare was involved this time.) It’s no great secret that driving around Brooklyn is a terrible way to test a performance car, or really any car. The traffic is awful and so are other drivers. Room to really open it up and go fast is hard to come by. The streets are riddled with potholes and road damage. And to top it all off, there’s garbage everywhere, so … [Read more...] about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: Here’s What We Thought
Those who love Tesla, love Tesla. Those who don’t … perhaps haven’t spent enough time in one?I just had a P100D for four days and found it both stimulating and challenging. At times, it was downright thrilling. It’s not completely revolutionary -- not like making the jump from typewriter to word processor (though I did make that jump), but it’s similar and you have to approach it with a willingness to educate yourself about everything on it. You can’t just get in and drive. Well, you can, but then how do you turn on the headlights?The Tesla Model X is definitely the most high-tech SUV that has ever roamed the Earth (the Lunar Rover is higher tech in some ways but is not on Earth). It’s also the quickest -- once you jump through the half-hour’s worth of hoops you have to jump through to achieve the much vaunted Ludicrous Speed (more on that in a minute). The P100D is the top trim level of the Model X. Ours was loaded with almost … [Read more...] about Tesla Model X P100D drive review: It’s thrilling (but complicated)
I drove the regular, 271-hp, rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 a few months ago and liked it. It was pretty quick and seemed to handle well enough. But I didn’t walk away from it thinking, “Gosh, if only it had more performance.” Well, Tesla has given the Model 3 more performance anyway -- quite a bit more, dubbing the new trim level, creatively, the “Model 3 Performance.” I would have named it Squealing Weasel, or Tiger of Torque, or Da Angry Badger or something. But Tesla is a Silicon Valley tech company, so I guess “Performance” is acceptable for a 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 gives the same 310-mile EPA range as the other Model 3s. So it’s better before it even gets off the spec sheet. Compare those numbers to the non-Performance Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Model 3, which tops out at “only” 145 mph and takes a full 4.5 … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 Performance first drive: The best Tesla yet?
Correction: This review has been updated to reflect that the Tesla Model 3 keyless entry system responds to a digital key transmitted by Bluetooth from the car owner’s phone or by tapping a thin card on the car’s b-pillar. The system was incorrectly described. Also, the “Autosteer” feature cautions drivers to check mirrors for oncoming traffic before activating a lane change. The level of autonomy was incorrectly characterized. Finally, the characterization of the body panel fit as inconsistent has been restored from an earlier version. Peering over the instrument-free dashboard, I threw the compact Tesla Model 3 into an M-10 cloverleaf. Its balanced rear-wheel drive chassis rotated easily, then — zot! — I bolted silently onto the freeway with instant electric-motor torque. The “mini-Model S” is here, and it’s everything its iconic big brother is. And less. Less, as in half the price. I spent a day around Metro Detroit driving one … [Read more...] about Review: Tesla Model 3 lives up to hype