The amount of controversy surrounding the new Tesla Model 3 would have you believe that Elon Musk is the devil and the Model 3 is his chariot into the underworld. But wade through the rhetoric, and you find a car that could revolutionise the way we view electric cars. The Model 3 is a BMW 3-Series competitor that takes everything that Tesla has learned and condenses it into their most mass-market offering yet.
This is the Standard Range Plus model, which may be the base model here in the UK but still offers incredible specifications. So we have a single-motor RWD setup which produces 321bhp and a load of torque - 375Nm of it. Being the base model, it was never going to be the fastest, but this doesn't disappoint at 5.3 seconds to 62mph; that's BMW 340i performance.
You get a quoted WLTP range of 305 miles on a full charge which means a real-world range of around 260-280 miles, more than enough for most of the country’s journeys, and Tesla's Supercharger network will give you 80% charge in 20 minutes.
As there’s no engine or drivetrain, you also get a huge amount of room inside, with a massive boot in the rear, and the front has one too.
Elon Musk says the Model 3 is the best car they've ever made – having driven one, we have to agree!
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