Tesla publishes Model 3 vs. Model S specifications

Tesla publishes Model 3 vs. Model S specifications

Tesla has begun distributing Model 3 information to its employees, showing a visual side-by-side comparison of Model 3 specifications against the company’s flagship Model S, according to Trevor Page founder of the Model3 Owners Club forum. “You won’t find this on Tesla’s site, it’s ‘talking points’ given to all Tesla employees for when talking to customer about the differences with Model S and Model 3”, says page.

The new photos posted by Page highlights several new data points for the Model 3 including a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds. This is the first firm performance data point that has been publicly shared beyond a “sub 6 second” time. 5.6 seconds is just a hair slower than the 5.4 seconds achieved by the Model S 85kWh version, and a time that should put a smile on anyone looking at the base Model 3 configuration.

The much talked about Model 3 trunk also gets some attention in the new side-by-side Model 3 vs. Model S comparison. Model 3 will have less than half the cargo space of the Model S, measuring 14 cubic feet compared to the cavernous 30 cubic feet of the Model S. The measurement includes both front and rear cargo space. Tesla notes that the Model 3 will have a manual trunk compared to the power lift gate available on the Model S.

The simplification Tesla has done to bring Model 3 to market is also put on display in the newly published slides. Model 3 shifts from two massive displays found on the Model S to one smaller display that’s mounted in a landscape orientation. Tesla also notes that Model S has more than 1,500 configurations compared to less than 100 for Model 3. Streamlining production has been a key focus for the company as it aims for volume production this year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that first Model 3 deliveries will take place in July.

Some of the performance details of Tesla’s Model 3, which is set to begin production in July, were leaked today by insiders at the Tesla Model 3 Owners Club. An infographic comparing the new, $35,000 model with the fancier and more powerful Model S reports a 0-60 time of a zippy 5.6 seconds. While that’s slower than the Model S, the cheapest version of which is $69,500, it’s a bit quicker than the comparably priced Chevy Bolt, which takes 6.5 seconds to hit 60MPH. The leaked specs, which were confirmed to Road & Track by a Tesla spokesperson, also note a range of 215-plus miles. And while that number isn’t confirmed yet by the EPA, it’s just short of the Bolt’s 238-mile rating.

The highly anticipated Model 3 pulled in a whopping 252,000 pre-orders in the first two days of its availability alone and reached around 400,000 in total. But while the car is fast, the production is slow. And unfortunately for those waiting, the infographic also appears to confirm the expected mid-2018 delivery date. Your electric car road races will just have to wait.