True to form, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Saturday night, revealing preliminary specs and pricing for the company’s hotly awaited Model 3 dual-motor all-wheel drive and performance versions. While horsepower and torque have not yet been revealed, Musk says the new standard dual-motor all-wheel drive Model 3 will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and run to 140 mph. The second motor, which brings with it AWD, will cost an extra $5,000. The dual-motor all-electric compact sedan will have a total driving range of 310 miles, the same as the current long-range, big-battery Model 3 equipped with a single motor. According to Tesla, today’s mono-motor, rear-wheel drive model hits 60 mph in as little as 5.1 seconds. Of special note to driving enthusiasts — a second, higher-power dual-motor, AWD performance model will also be available, featuring a brisk 3.5-second 0-60 mph time, a 155-mph top speed and the same 310 miles of range. Those numbers suggest that the high-end Model 3 will deliver performance very similar to that of today’s larger Model S hatchback. Dual-motor Model 3 sedans will employ an AC induction front motor (like the Model S and Model X), and a switched reluctance, partial permanent magnet rear motor with silicon carbide inverters. “Performance drive units are lot sorted for highest sigma output & get double the burn-in,” Musk said in another tweet. One of the motors is optimized for performance, while the other is for range. Additional model features will include 20-inch performance wheels, a black-and-white interior… [Read full story]
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