Musk has backed claims that the new car will “beat anything in its class on the track” by stating that it will feature sports suspension that lowers it by 10mm and larger brakes.
The South African-born Tesla boss had already confirmed that the Performance variant will use a powertrain layout similar to the dual-motor Model 3, suggesting it will have a motor to drive each axle.
Working on Model 3 dual motor all-wheel drive & performance versions. Driving feel is amazing. Aiming to release config late tonight.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 19, 2018
Opting for the Model 3 dual-motor car would add $5000 [£3800] to the $35,000 [£26,650] starting price of the entry-level Model 3 in the US, Musk said, and would allow the car to reach 0-60mph in 4.5sec, with a 140mph top speed and 310-mile driving range.
Musk added that the Performance version will surpass these statistics because it will be capable of doing 0-60mph in 3.5sec, with a top speed of 155mph, yet still offer the same range from a fully charged battery. He did not disclose battery capacity or the power output of the motors, but said the Performance variant would cost $78,000 [£59,400] and could include all options aside from the Autopilot system.
Tesla dual motor, all-wheel drive performance Model 3:3.5sec 0-60mph155 mph Top Speed310 mile Range
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2018
The driving feel of the two dual-motor models was described by Musk as “amazing". He noted the cost of the Performance version was similar to the M3, but claimed it was “15% quicker and with better handling. Will beat anything in its class on the track”.