This is a super long article but packed with good information. I was going to break out some of the points and put them in this thread but too many to copy over. Multiple video's as well to look atTesla'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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