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Elon Musk says quickest Tesla Model 3 will go from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds

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Tesla Model 3's sportiest version will be very, very fast.
Tesla Model 3’s sportiest version will be very, very fast.

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Tesla’s Model 3 may be slow out of the factory, but the top model will be quick on the road. 

That’s according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who tweeted some performance figures for the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive, performance version of the Model 3, and they’re pretty darn impressive. 

That particular variant of the car will go from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, with a 155mph top speed and a 310 mile range. 

That’s not as quick as the quickest Model S variant, the P100D, which goes from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds and has a 315 mile range (top speed is the same at 155mph), but it’s pretty darn impressive for a car marketed as a small affordable sedan. 

Unfortunately, in that variant the Model 3 definitely stops being affordable. Musk says it’ll cost $78,000 (with all options sans Autopilot), comparing it to a BMW M3, only faster and with better handling. “(It) will beat anything in its class on the track,” Musk tweeted. 

As for a normal dual motor, all-wheel-drive option, that will cost $5,000, Musk said. The range on that variant will also be 310 miles, but the 0-60mph time will be 4.5 seconds and the top speed will be 140mph. 

Musk also explained that on a Tesla, a dual motor really means two motors, one in front and one in the rear, with one being optimized for power, and the other for range. “Car drives fine even if a motor breaks down,” he tweeted. 

The Model 3 production has hit a series of roadblocks since the car was launched a year ago, but lately the company has been able to produce the car at decent volumes. In April, Tesla was producing 2,270 Model 3 cars per week, and Musk said he hopes to increase that number to 5,000 by July. 

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