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2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance first drive review: The future, quicker

Kyle Hyatt
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The first thing you notice about the Tesla Model 3 Performance is how, most of the time, it just feels like any other version of the electric sedan. At low speeds, the dual-motor Performance model is almost indistinguishable from the single-motor Model 3. But the moment you mash the accelerator a whole new sensation hits, and it's immediately apparent what you're getting for the (considerable) added price.

Tesla estimates the Model 3 Performance will run to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds -- a hellaciously quick sprint by any standard. That's a full second quicker than a standard, dual-motor Model 3, and 1.6 seconds quicker than the rear-wheel-drive, Long Range car we tested previously. And because it hits you immediately with all that sweet, sweet electric torque, it's a really thrilling 3.5-second joyride.

Because this specific Model 3 Performance is a fresh-out-of-the-tent car that'll be used for prospective customer test drives, our time behind the wheel was admittedly brief. Tesla has already promised a longer loan of a Performance model once a few more are built, so stay tuned for more thorough impressions.

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