19 Tesla Model 3 vs the world

Cover for Tesla Model 3 vs the world

Tesla Model 3 Performance is making rounds in UK media with publishers big and small doing drag race videos and reviews, comparing it to the traditional German competition - BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

Yesterday Model 3 appeared in BBC Top Gear where it did rather well in a half mile acceleration test - leaving all competition multiple carlengths behind from the start before being narrowly beaten on the finish line by Mercedes C63 AMG. It also beat Alfa Romeo Giulia QV over a makeshift, low speed handling course (they should do it more often so we can get more times for it) and matched it within one tenth of a second over the full Top Gear test track.

The Top Gear track time is close enough to not allow any sensational headlines with categorical conclusions, like "Electric car beaten by petrol at TopGear track" or "Electric cars still not as fast as internal combusion engines". I am sure some will be tempted to pedal this kind of agenda anyway, even though the time difference, adjusted for potential inaccuracies in timing, could be negligible, if not reversed.

It appears that Elon Musk and Tesla have fine-tuned the power output of Model 3 Performance to beat all German competition in most meaningful tests, but not to do so with unnecessarily wide margin. This is to improve reliability and longevity while still being able to make the claim of having the fastest car in class.

Tesla also have refrained from publishing "inflated" peak power figures - the 444 horsepower quoted for Model 3 Performance is perhaps even less than what should be considered comparable with internal combustion powertrains, and in line with the modern trend of under-reporting power to make the car appear to be over-achieving and punching above its weight.

2m ago by FastestLaps
User avatar

User avatar

HighGear  1m ago

A BMW M4 CS is also better handling than a Model 3 by a considerable margin.


User avatar

PPZ  4d ago @Z3P

What does your link have to do with Tesla???

User avatar

Ken  2m ago

Listen, the model 3 performance is 100k , insane. The car cost the same as a z06? The z06 will do circles around a model 3 not to mention the lateral g the vette can produce , the model 3 , not even on the same planet in the lateral g test , not to mention you go from a hypercar look to a dodge intrepid like look in the tesla. The tesla has its place for city driving but not for extreme driving conditions , any pro driver will tell you that , mind you a pro driver isn't needed to drive a straight line performer like a Tesla. The model 3 performance did a 9 minute lap at nurburgring,, enough said.


User avatar

SpeedKing  2m ago

I'm not an EV fan but to claim that the model 3 performance can only do a 9 min lap at the Ring shows your ignorance. It should be able to do a sub 8 min lap with no traffic and a factory driver easily.

User avatar

FastestLaps  2m ago

Where does it cost 100k? In Germany it's €66 k+. Should be less in USA.

User avatar

Olav  2m ago @FastestLaps

in Norway it costs much less, here a BMW M3 or Mercedes C63S AMG will cost around 2,3 times as much, before options are added.

For the price of a 3 performance here, you get a diesel Volvo or something.

User avatar

aaayy  1m ago @FastestLaps

It's 65K in the only country in the world that lost a war to farmers in the 70s. Of course, they're saying it's 53K with discounts, which still sounds a little expensive to cheap-ass's like me.

User avatar

Z3P  5d ago

Why are you comparing a 2-seat plastic sports car to an AWD sports sedan?

In the US, a Model 3 Performance is about $55K, while a C7 Corvette Z06 starts at $81K.

User avatar

latvietis96  2m ago

Slower than a manual gearbox M2.
Better luck next time, Elon

User avatar

aaayyy  2m ago

Power is always tricky with electric cars. Same with range. It depends on weather, temperature, the illuminati, freemasons, anonymous and the lizard-men gods that control us. That being said, I still like electric cars, especially Rimacs.