Is The Tesla Model 3 Long Range The One To Buy?
While it is the Tesla Model 3 Performance that’s got all the hype since the brand’s entry-level EV hit the market, the all-wheel drive Model 3 Long Range is also an impressive performer.
Autogefühl recently had the opportunity to put it through its paces in Germany. Much like the flagship Model 3 Performance, the Long Range variant features two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear.
This results in a total of 346 hp and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of torque, down from the 450 hp and 471 lb-ft (639 Nm) offered up by the Performance.
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However, that’s doesn’t mean this version is slow. In fact, the reviewer performs a host of acceleration runs in the EV and it builds speed with impressive pace. Independent testing has shown the car can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in a brisk 4.0 seconds, roughly 0.8-seconds slower than the Performance.
As the name implies, the Long Range offers better range, albeit not by that much. In the U.S., its EPA city, highway, and combined ranges are actually identical to the Model 3 Performance. Elsewhere, it is good for 348 miles (560 km) on the WLTP cycle compared to the 329 miles (530 km) of the Performance. Under NEDC testing, the range sits at 385 miles (620 km).
Premium cars in Germany need to be capable of long jaunts down the Autobahn so much of this review focuses on seeing how the Tesla performs in these conditions.