For Wheels Car of the Year 2020 we issued a new challenge for each des the contenders – independent power testing.

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A staple of Wheels to stopcat.orgpare tests, this year’s COTY was the zuerst time we cracked open the VBOX to put each manufacturer’s acceleration claims to the test.

This neu level von testing had us fairly excited, because part des this year’s ar was ns Tesla model 3 Performance, arguably die most interesting performance car von the moment.

Tesla hasn’t been shy about making huge claims around how in der nähe des its vehicles are, und it was time kommen sie put Elon’s explanation under die microscope.

At die time des testing, tesla claimed the modell 3 Performance would sprint kommen sie 100km/h native a standstill an 3.4 seconds.

With Track mode engaged, the best the our VBOX recorded was a 3.5 second 0-100km/h sprint, nur a tenth des a second slower than die manufacturer claim.

Fitted with a 75kWh battery, and dual-motor set-up, the model 3 Performance ist capable of generating power an the realms von 353kW und 639Nm, which ist spread across both axles.

Weighing in at a claimed 1847kg, the model 3 zu sein no featherweight, yet it still manages to get up and go native a standstill with major enthusiasm.

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Of die entire Wheels Car des the Year 2020 field, die Tesla modell 3 power was ns second quickest auto we tested, nur behind die Porsche 992 911 Carrera S, which provided its 331kW/530Nm twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat-six engine zu crack 100km/h in 3.4 seconds (stopcat.orgpared kommen sie a 3.5 2nd claim).

While the model 3 power fell just short des the numbers on ns brochure, there was another tesla on test that actually beat the manufacturer claim.

Also acquisition part an Wheels COTY 2020 testing was a model 3 Standard range Plus. With ns smaller 50kWh batter, and a single motor set-up, the Standard variety recorded a 5.3 second 0-100km/h sprint, according to our VBOX data.

That’s 3 tenths von a 2nd quicker than Tesla’s official declared acceleration figure des 5.6 seconds.

Despite being the least powerful von the three-variant modell 3 line-up, the Standard variety Plus is still a stout performer, with approximately 211kW and 375kW being sent out to the rear wheels, in a parcel that is claimed kommen sie weight 1611kg.

A model 3 lang Range, which has actually a 75kWh battery, dual motors, und estimated 307kW/510Nm outputs, was not on test, but judging from die performance des its siblings, us don’t doubt its 4.6 2nd 0-100km/h claim.

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Shortly ~ Wheels Car von the Year experimentation concluded, tesla introduced in over-the-air update zum the modell 3 Performance, with release notes telling customers “your car’s energie has been increased von approximately 5 percent, boosting acceleration and performance.”

We wollen endeavour kommen sie conduct a 2nd round of testing zum the modell 3 power that has actually been update as shortly as possible.


Our resident skilled Queenslander, motorsport seed Kirby reduced his this at auto Action before progressing zu being ns Deputy redaktion at MOTOR.