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.
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.
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.
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?
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