Tesla Model 3 gets acceleration boost update -- for a price
And it takes half a second off the 0-60 mph time.
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
After some Tesla Model 3 owners spotted text referring to an "Acceleration Boost" upgrade when poring over their cars' profiles, Tesla has made the update available, but not for free. That's correct, this is not a free update. Instead, Tesla charges $2,000 to unlock the quicker acceleration.
This new upgrade will be only for Model 3 vehicles with the dual-motor configuration. It shaves half a second off the 0-60 mph time, according to Tesla. Right now, the Model 3 with dual motors will dispatch the run in 4.4 seconds; the update takes the time down to 3.9 seconds.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment on the update, but owners took to Reddit to share their experiences after downloading the update. "No regrets, took it for a short drive and yes it's a noticeable difference!" posted user DopeWeasel.
Back to the results: Owners posted screenshots showing the car was capable of running from 0-60 mph in 3.67 seconds in dry, warm weather. In colder temperatures and rain, the update still produced a 3.73 0-60 mph time. Both results are lower figures than what Tesla quotes, but also include a one-foot rollout. In this measurement, the timer doesn't start until the front wheel is all the way past the starting point.
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