When Elon Musk first announced the specifications for the Tesla Model 3 Performance, he noticed that the electric car would turn something into its class inside a closed circuit. With its tomotors, which produced a combined 450 hp and 471 lb-ft torque, its 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and its top speed of 155 mph, Musk noted that the top model of Model 3 would cost virtually same as a BMW M3, but be "15% faster and with better handling."
It should be noted that Musk mentioned the Model 3 Performance's comparison with the BMW M3 at a time when Tesla did not yet reveal that it was developing a dedicated sports mode electric sedan. With Track Mode, which optimizes the car for intensive closed circuit travel, the Model 3 Performance becomes a very formidable car on the racetrack. In recent months, videos of the model 3 performance that have been shared online, have mainly shown the vehicle competing in combat or walking on race tracks alone. Rarely has there been a test of the car competing for a closed circuit against other high performance vehicles.
It was until recently that Chinese car group Know the Car (credit to the Tesla member JayinShanghai to share the video) chose to test the Model 3 Performance against several notable competitors. The group chose three groups of vehicles that would compete against the electric car ̵
The tests were performed at the Goldenport Park Circuit in Beijing, China in -5 ° C (23 ° F) weather. In its first test, the group chose to test the Model 3 Performance acceleration. Thanks to the instantaneous torque of its two electric motors, the electric sedan strongly dominated its competitors. After beating the competition on the straight line test, the group chose to call a professional driver to see how well the Model 3 Performance stacked up against the six other vehicles on the track.
It should be noted that Beijing Goldenport Park Circuit is a place known to favor vibration and technical driving over high-speed linear acceleration. During the tests, Model 3 Performance, with its Track Mode activated, was driven hard from one corner to the other. When the track times for the six vehicles were compared, it turned out that Elon Musk's words about the electric car were accurate.
At the bottom of the classification were the two Chinese EVs, which is understandable given that NIO ES8 and BYD mM DM were SUVs. Immediately after the two EVs, the BMW M3 was able to complete a lap around the track at 01: 22.67. Mercedes-AMG C 63 went better than M3 and completed a lap in 01: 20.23. True to Elon Musk's words, Tesla Model 3 Performance dominated its class, with its lap time 01: 18.62.
Only two cars appeared faster than Model 3 Performance around the track – the Ferrari 488 GTB, which ended a lap in 01: 16.31, and the Nissan GT-R, which ended a lap in 01: 15.23. As noted by the group that conducted the test, Model 3 Performance was ultimately excluded exclusively by vehicles outside its class and price range (credit to David Jao for translation).
"The data is not lying. China's new electricity participants compared to Model 3 are still far behind. The cars we previously worshiped as high-end sedans regrettably regretted. Only the supercar, which costs 3-5 times Model 3, remains to defend the honor of the internal combustion engine (ICE). So the appearance of Model 3 creates a new form of performance – cheaper, quieter and even faster. "
Group Declaration of Model 3 & # 39; Market is not exaggerated. Tesla lists Model 3 Performance with a price of 560,000 RMB (about $ 81,000) for the Chinese market. While the price is higher than the US $ 64,000 price, the Model 3 Performance is still considerably more affordable than its rival high-performance sedans in the country. The BMW M3 sells at a value of 998,000 RMB ($ 162,000), while the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe costs 1,198,000 RMB ($ 173,623). With its price on the Chinese market, Tesla made all but Model3 Performance as the ultimate bang-for-your-buck high performance seat – faster, cleaner, and cheaper than the competition.
Watch the Tesla Model 3 Performance battle's high performance sedans and supercars on the pitch in the video below.