Tesla states that 0-60 mph time of its Dual Motor Model 3 Performance is 3.5 seconds. However, it might have lied to us: it is even faster!. Tesla enthusiast Erik Strait, DÆrik, performed few acceleration tests on the car mentioned before using a VBOX data logger.
There were few 0-60 stats and videos of measuring them recorded with Dragy, but the car was equipped with Aero Wheels, which are optimized for range, not performance. Erik’s test is different: his Model 3 Performance was equipped with 20″ Performance Wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, which are part of Tesla’s $5,000 Performance Package.
The VBOX data of his runs were posted on the Instagram account My Tesla Adventure. There, we can see the consistent 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than official information for the vehicle.
Elon Musk commented on the situation on Twitter and stated that it is possible if the car gets fitted with stickier and thicker tires at the rear, exactly what Model 3 Performance tires provide.
Additionally, Model 3 Performance has some unique features that will make it stand out from visually identical lower-specced variants. One of them is “Track Mode”, which is currently in its beta stage of development and is exclusive for this specific variant of Model 3. Tesla’s officials state that this slightly differs from competitors’ comparable features, which usually just disable traction control and adjust the suspensions.
Tesla’s Track Mode doesn’t disable features, it adds them. It presents a mixture of tweaks and in-house programming that makes adjustments to the vehicle’s settings, such as its dynamic control and regenerative braking. With this feature turned on, Model 3 Performance becomes a track beast, able to drift and sharply change its direction.
Additionally, the car has independent but linked cooling circuits for its motors. Therefore, when one of the motors heats up, the car’s system shifts cooling capacity to where it’s needed. Using this approach, the Model 3 Performance eliminates chances of performance shutdowns that happen in Model S P100D when temperatures spike.
You can watch the video of acceleration tests here: