Tesla's CEO takes to Twitter with a short clip of a near production ready Model 3, ahead of the finished car's full debut later this year
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has provided us with our first glimpse at a “release candidate” version of the upcoming Model 3 – an all-electric BMW 3 Series rival that will arrive on the roads late in 2017 as Tesla’s most affordable model yet.
The six second clip posted by Musk on Twitter isn’t ground-breaking, but it does reveal that the production Model 3 will stay very true to the pre-production prototype unveiled last March in terms of exterior design. More importantly, it’s a fresh, tantalising glimpse at the new car that will no-doubt whet the appetite of the near 400,000 deposit holders Tesla has secured for its most important vehicle yet. Rivals for the Model 3 will not be in short supply with cars like BMW’s 3 Series, Audi’s A4, Jaguar’s XE and the Mercedes C-Class offering similar dimensions with more conventional powertrains. That low price for a fully electric car will set alarm bells ringing across the industry, however. The Model 3 is likely to be closer to £35k by the time it arrives in the UK but with the plug-in car grant factored in, it will still be very competitively priced.
To date, many details on the Tesla Model 3 have yet to be released, but we know that the car will offer a minimum range of 215 miles with its advanced lithium ion batteries and all-electric powertrain. Performance wise, the Model 3 will blast from 0-60mph in just 6s as standard, but faster versions will be offered. "Tesla doesn't make slow cars", said Elon Musk.
Musk has confirmed in a tweet that the Model 3 will be getting Tesla's 'Ludicrous Mode' - a software tweak which unlocks even more potential from the car's electric drivetrain. When employed on the most powerful Model S, the P100D, it can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.3 seconds - although we don't expect the Model 3 to be quite that fast as it won't recieve the 100kWh battery pack, again confirmed by Musk on Twitter.
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