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Tesla Model 3 Specifications Supposedly Leaked: <4 Sec 0-60 Time, 300-Mile Range Premium Model With MRSP Of $50k+

With just one day remaining until Tesla Motors officially unveils its the highly-anticipated Tesla Model 3 electric car, there’s definitely a buzz of excitement in the air.

All over the world, the Tesla faithful are starting to queue outside Tesla stores for their chance to be among the first people to put down a $1,000 refundable deposit for their own Model 3. Message boards are full of people trying to score last-minute +1 invites to the event in Hawthorne, California. And we’re already starting to see blog posts from enthusiasts who are expecting tomorrow’s event to be one of those “where were you when?” moments that historians will look back on with interest.

We'll find out more tomorrow night.

We’ll find out more tomorrow night.

Whatever your take on the Model 3 however, we’re sure like us, you’re eager to find out just what will come as standard with the most highly anticipated car of the century. Although Tesla Motors and its usually talkative CEO Elon Musk are staying tight-lipped about the event with fewer-than-usual hints dropped about what we can expect, there are still plenty of rumors flying around concerning final pricing and specification.

Take our friends over at Electrek for example, who claim to have heard from a source close to the California automaker that Tesla’s Model 3 event tomorrow night will showcase a car that’s somewhere between the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X in terms of its design language, will have a 0-60 mph time of less than 4-seconds, and could offer a high-end premium variant with an estimated range in excess of 300 miles and a price tag well above the headline $35,000 pre-incentive MSRP.

Some sources claim the Tesla Model 3 will come with a high-performance, high-end version worth $50,000 or more.

Some sources claim the Tesla Model 3 will come with a high-performance, high-end version worth $50,000 or more.

Vouching for the accuracy of its sources in the past, Electrek says that the design of the Tesla Model 3 will be “like a smaller hybrid of the Model X and S.” Taller than the Model S with a “unique front that looks more like a Model X,” it claims its source called the Model 3 “sexy and sporty.”

Shorter and narrower than the Model X or S, the Model 3 is described as proportionally correct, with the unnamed source saying “it seems so right” after seeing the car in the flesh for the first time. That same anonymous source told Electrek last year that the key to the Model 3’s claimed long-range (200+ miles in standard configuration) was its extra-slippery, extremely aerodynamic shape and low coefficient of drag.

As for those extra options? While the sub 4-second 0-60 mph time is claimed to be standard across all models, a higher-range, more luxurious model will add extra features such as all-wheel drive, autonomous driving, and a larger 80- to 100-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack.

Picking those options however will make the Tesla Model 3 far less affordable, pushing its configured price well over the $50,000 mark.

In keeping with any rumors concerning its future products, Tesla is keeping comment on these rumors to an absolute minimum. And if we’re honest, we’d be doing exactly the same thing, regardless of their accuracy or validity.

We'll find out more tomorrow night.

We’ll find out more tomorrow night.

Either way, we’re now just 31 hours away from the start of Tesla’s big reveal event in Hawthorne, California — and with any luck we’ll know the Model 3’s secrets shortly afterwards.

We’ll be covering the hype and the queues tomorrow as eager Tesla fans line up to hand over their hard-earned cash for a Model 3, as well as broadcasting out our own Transport Evolved special covering the event from afar, so be sure to come back tomorrow for our full coverage.

In the meantime, we’re interested to know how you’re preparing for Model 3. Are you heading to your local Tesla store? Are you lucky enough to be one of the invited few to attend the event? Or do you view the Model 3 as the latest overhyped car from Tesla?

Leave your thoughts in the Comments below.


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  • Tesla sucks.

    • GS

      Well, wasn’t that an intelligent comment.

  • Chris O

    March 31 2016 might definitely become a defining day in automotive history if Tesla reveals the car that will push electric motoring into the mainstream. Great design and performance is of paramount importance, lack thereof is definitely a factor in the lackluster sales results of many plug-ins. The reservation rate will indicate pretty soon whether Tesla has managed to hit the right mix of design, performance, practicality and price that attracts customers in the sort of mainstream numbers Tesla needs.

  • BEP

    “the sub 4-second 0-60 mph time is claimed to be standard across all models”


  • Richard Young

    Again the price is hiking higher and higher making Tesla 3 less a commuter hero and more like a snobbish Tesla S offspring. Triumphed as the affordable Tesla but affordable for who??

    • Joe Viocoe

      Read the article. It is 3rd hand information… not a Leak… but a Rumor.

      And the Rumor is only about a higher price for a lot of options. The $35k for the base model remains the same.

  • Martin Lacey

    I shall be up at 04.30 UK time to place my deposit online. I’ve wanted a Tesla since I saw the Roadster on Top Gear, but they’ve always been outside my price range. £28k less incentives makes it attractive, over 10 years I would spend at least that on petrol.

  • Joe

    When I first saw the Tesla Roadster and its specs I was impressed. Same was true for the Model S. Same was true for the Model X. Something tells me that the reveal tonight is not being over-hyped.

  • Jim Pike

    Heading for the T-store now! Our local Tesla owners club had a show of hands for how many would be making an M3 deposit and over half raised their hands, some for 2 or more cars! There were apparently about 15 people lined already up LAST NIGHT.

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