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Here's Why the Tesla Model 3 Performance Is the Best Tesla Yet

Here's Why the Tesla Model 3 Performance Is the Best Tesla Yet
this is a brand new

Tesla

Model

3

performance

which means it's the sporty version of the entry-level

Tesla

Model

3 sedan the

model

3

performance

is the

best

Tesla

yet and today I'm going to show you why I've borrowed this

model

3 from a viewer

here

in Orange County California and I'm gonna start with a brief overview as you probably know the

model

3 is

Tesla

's latest vehicle it's an entry-level sedan with a starting price of around $35,000 now I've already reviewed
here s why the tesla model 3 performance is the best tesla yet
the

model

3 I was one of the first reviewers to get my hands on one almost exactly two years ago right after this car first came out so why am i reviewing it again because the

model

3

performance

makes some substantial improvements over the regular

model

3 the most obvious is horsepower the regular

model

3 has 280 horsepower this has 470 horsepower which leads to a 0 to 60 time of 3.2 seconds that's faster than a bmw m3 and almost as fast as the fastest highest

performance

version of the BMW
m5 but pricing is now

here

near the m5 the

model

3

performance

starts around 56,000 dollars which is a bargain given its speed and the

performance

also has more range than the regular

model

3 a base level

model

3 has about 220 miles of range but this can travel about 310 miles before you have to charge it up and t

here

are some other updates too which I will show you in this video so today I'm going to take you on a tour of the

model

3

performance

I'm going to show you all of the
interesting quirks and features of the

best

Tesla

yet then I'm gonna get it out on the road and drive it and then I'm going to give it a dug score and for more of my thoughts on the

model

3

performance

click the link below to visit autotrader.com slash oversteer w

here

I've also rounded up a list of the cheapest trick cars currently listed for sale on auto trader alright time for the quirks and features of the

model

3

performance

now since I already did a very long and in-depth tour
of the

model

3 when it first came out I'm not going to cover every single thing in this car and said I'm just gonna focus on stuff that's new and exciting it'll cover a few other quick and feature highlights but I'm gonna start with the new stuff and for the

model

3

performance

one of the most interesting new items is track mode now no one denies that the most powerful

Tesla

model

s are seriously fast but they've had some problems on the racetrack and that's why the

model

3

performance

has track mode go in to the all-knowing center screen and you can select track mode and it does a couple of things one is it improves the cornering by adjusting the braking in the suspension it actually helps improve the handling for when you're on a race track track mode also helps to improve cooling because one of

Tesla

's problems has been that their cars seem to be built more for straight-line acceleration and they overheat when they go to the racetrack but if you
put it in track mode you have slightly better cooling so you can get a few more laps out of your

model

3

performance

and next up a feature that I absolutely love in this car is sentry mode now if you look around this car you can see t

here

are cameras all over it you have a camera on the sides you have a camera in the front windshield a camera in the back and they're not just help you see when you're backing up instead they can monitor what's going on around you more car should have
this but right now only

Tesla

does and it works in a really cool way you turn off your car lock it walk away forget about it but the cameras remain vigilant hence the name sentry mode so someone comes up to the car like this crazy person you can see the cameras detect it and the lights flash to let them know hey you're being monitored but it goes further than that the screen also changes to show that the car is in Century mode and your actions are being recorded so if you peer inside to see
if t

here

's anything valuable you can steal the first thing you'll see is that screen saying hey you're being recorded and obviously that's going to make this car in much less desirable target when you walk away sentry mode still records for another 30 seconds or so and then eventually it turns off and continues to remain vigilant in case someone else comes up a couple of other interesting things about sentry mode if it detects more than just motion on the outside of the car like
for instance a glass break it will actually send an alert to the owners cell phone saying hey you better check this out something is going on and another cool feature when you get back in the car after sentry mode has been active one of the first things that pops up on the screen is a little alert letting you know how many times sentry mode noticed someone approaching your vehicle pretty cool and next up another fantastic feature of this car is something called dog mode let's pretend you
want to run into a store and leave your dog in the car obviously if it's even slightly warm you can't do that because it would get really hot in the car but you can go into the climate control in your

Tesla

and turn on dog mode and then the climate control will keep the interior nice and cool even though you've locked the car and walked away and it will continue cooling the interior until it gets down to like 20% charge so it can do this for hours I guess if you want to do it now
this still presents a bit of a problem because if you leave your dog in the car even if it's nice and cool in

here

people will see your dog and freak out thinking that it's gonna die because it's heating up and your interior because they don't know that dog mode is on but that's another brilliant use of the screen in this car when dog mode is on and you've walked the car and walked away the screen actually says that my owner will be returning soon it shows a picture of a
dog and it actually displays the current temperature inside the car so theoretically if someone freaks out thinking your dog is in

here

maybe they'll look inside and see that and they won't be so worried and another impressive new feature is something called

Tesla

theater which allows you to turn your screen into an actual theater you go into the

Tesla

theater and you can see you can select Netflix you can select YouTube and you can watch stuff while you're just sitting in your car
now it's important to point out this only works in park so you can't watch Netflix or YouTube while you're driving along we're just probably

best

for safety but you can think of a million ways this can be useful for example if you're in your car waiting for something or someone you can just pop onto the

Tesla

theater and watch a couple of YouTube videos or a Netflix show or a movie while you're sitting and waiting that is a really cool idea now those are some of the more
useful new features in the

Tesla

giant center screen t

here

are also some less useful but still exciting features one of which is the

Tesla

arcade okay check this out you go to this little arrow button on the bottom then you look over and to the right t

here

's something called

Tesla

arcade you press that and you can select a game to play and you can choose between many different arcade-style games that you would have played like in the 80s and that is just so so cool so just to give you an
example of how it works I'm going to choose asteroids and if you choose asteroids you can see it explains how you play over on the right and it says that you use the steering wheel that's actually true alright check this out now I'm in asteroids and you can see I am using the steering wheel to move my little spaceship you press the left steering wheel button to accelerate your spaceship you turn the steering wheel to turn your spaceship and it is just the coolest thing obviously
I'm not very good at this while I'm trying to film with one hand and steer and fire with the other hand but let's see how good I am when I have both hands available to me and the answer is I am still not very good now it's worth noting you don't only have 1980s style arcade games to choose from

here

t

here

's also a racing game called beach buggy racing - you go into that and then you choose a character and you choose a track and then you can actually race a beach buggy in
your

Tesla

and of course the way you do that is you use the steering wheel and the pedals to drive around your race car while you're sitting in your

Tesla

once again of course this can only be operated when you're in park but if you're bored you're waiting for something or someone or you just want to go into your garage to get entertained you can do that and you can race around in your beach buggy racing game within your car and

here

's one unbelievable thing about this while
here s why the tesla model 3 performance is the best tesla yet
you're moving the steering wheel in the game the wheels of the car are also moving in real life so you're moving the steering wheel around to control your beach buggy on the screen but you can see the wheels of this

model

three are actually moving as I move the steering wheel so t

here

's a little bit of real life coming to the video game

here

it is absolutely crazy and speaking of fun and cool features in this car t

here

are quite a few other new kind of Easter Egg features you would
not find in any rational normal car to access them you go into a little item called toy box you click on toy box and then t

here

's all these icons that pop up and you can check them out we'll do it individually t

here

's one with a fire you press that and then the entire screen turns into like a fireplace fire which looks very nice but also it turns on the heat in the car so it gives you a warm physical experience and you have this nice warm image of a fireplace on the infotainment
screen and next up another image in the toy box is Elon Musk's

Tesla

Roadster being driven through space for some reason we click on that the drawing program and you can see you can use this to draw on your infotainment screen I am writing out my signature phrase but you don't just have to write you can also change the color of what you're doing and then you can draw something for example right now I am drawing you a nice picture of a dog that has been possessed by Satan I think I
will now sign my masterpiece I don't know when this will really come in handy but if you wanted to draw on your car infotainment screen you can do that

here

and next up another one of these items in your toy box is this planet that would be Mars and if you click on it it turns your navigation screen map into the surface of Mars and it turns your vehicle into the Mars rover now I mentioned that some of these more fun little updates are not particularly useful this is probably the

best

example
of that since you know you're not actually on Mars so you can't really tell anything in your navigation map not particularly helpful but kind of a cool little thing to show your friends and next up another interesting item in the toy box t

here

is a whoopee cushion in t

here

and that is fart mode you click on the whoopee cushion it goes into fart mode and you can have the car play various farting noises the first interesting thing that happens

here

is you can place them so if for example
you want to make it seem like one of your rear passengers is making the fart noises you can place the focus of the sound t

here

and that's w

here

the fart noise will come from which is kind of funny you can also change the type of fart noise that is coming out with this little drop-down menu t

here

are quite a few options take a listen and another interesting item with fart mode is that you can also configure the fart sounds to happen on-demand so when you press the steering-wheel button on
the left a fart sound will happen but I actually prefer the other option which is it comes on when you put on the turn signal so every time you put the turn signal on you get the fart sound which is also just ridiculous but it's kind of funny my very favorite thing though about this entire park mode experience is the fact that they call it emissions testing mode I think that is absolutely hilarious and also I think it's kind of a jab at Volkswagen that Volkswagens emissions testing mode
is this cheating system to improve their emissions

tesla

's is just a joke on a screen next up a couple of other interesting items in the toy box one is this reindeer that puts it in like a Christmas mode you press that and then the picture of the car on the screen turns into Santa's sleigh and it plays Christmas music that one is especially not very useful but I guess it's kind of interesting the last one is cowbell mode which is probably the most bizarre if you put that on then when
you're driving along using the auto steering system you can press the auto steering lever four times in quick succession and then the screen will show your driving environment as Rainbow Road from Mario Kart and it will play a lot of cowbell sounds this is so bizarre but

here

it is in practice and one other interesting new feature is a karaoke system in the infotainment system which

Tesla

's calling car Rio key and you can select a song and then you can sing along as the words are
displayed on the screen just like you would have karaoke in a bar it's absolutely ridiculous that this exists and again not particularly useful but indeed it does exist and another interesting quirk / feature if you go into this bottom screen that allows you to choose between various different options one of those options is call which of course you can do with a Bluetooth phone that's been synced the interesting thing

here

though is if you hold down call it changes description from call
to ahoy-hoy what which I guess was Alexander Graham Bell's favorite telephone greeting and mr. Burnes used to say it on The Simpsons you could hold it down again and it goes back to call but you can switch between the two and your call icon can say ahoy-hoy if you want it to and next up another new feature in this car of debatable usefulness is something called Smart summon now the way this is supposed to work is if you're in a parking lot and you're far away from your car on the
other end of the parking lot you can actually summon it to leave its parking space and come towards you now in the past it would back out of the parking space but several vehicles do this now it will actually drive around avoid obstacles and come towards you to me unite you with the car so you don't have to walk all the way to your parking space now t

here

are several videos on the internet of this being used and not going so well the cars smashing into something the car is not seeing an
obstacle I am talking about it right now without having used it I'm gonna do that next you can see the results right

here

as you can see the car turned the wrong direction but before I blame this on

Tesla

I should note the phone I was using had the GPS displaying the wrong location which would have also affected uber or Google Maps or any other app that uses your location is really a phone problem still hilarious once the phone got my location correct someone worked just fine and I even went
on the other side of a row of parked cars and the

Tesla

came to me although as you can see it doesn't do it very gracefully still it works I guess and next up another cool feature of this car is an improvement to the autopilot system called navigate on autopilot it's no secret that

Tesla

has a great autopilot system that will do a lot of the steering and driving for you but now if you have navigate on autopilot it will also do more than that for example if you have your navigation system
on you're coming up to an exit the car will automatically the lane change itself over to the exit and then actually take the exit if you have regular autopilot you have to put on your turn signal then the car will move over and you have to kind of tell it to go into the exit but if you have navigate with autopilot it will do all of that stuff for you which is a really really impressive step up in

Tesla

's already impressive world of autopilot and next up another improvement to

Tesla

's
autopilot system is the graphics that appear on the screen to show you what's in your vicinity in the past it was these sort of amorphous blobs that kind of resembled cars and trucks and lane lines now you can see it's been dramatically improved much nicer higher quality and better detail in this screen which is a nice look and next up another improvement made since I last reviewed a

Tesla

is a new super charging system now one of the benefits of having a

Tesla

is that you can go and
find a supercharger near your house and it will charge your car a lot quicker than anything you can get at your house well now t

here

's a new supercharger system that

Tesla

is calling v3 and it's much faster than the current one it can add 75 miles of rain to your car in just five minutes so it can fully recharge you in something like 15 or 20 minutes which is obviously really impressive one other benefit of the v3 super charging is that you no longer have to share your charging with the
here s why the tesla model 3 performance is the best tesla yet
vehicle parked next to you each v3 station will have dedicated chargers for each individual vehicle and next up some non tech related updates to the

model

3 since I last reviewed it one relates to the back seat some reviewers complain that the back seat was a little too flat in the

model

3 so

Tesla

added a little bit more padding and some kind of ridges and you can see it's not quite as flat as it was which should make it a little bit more comfortable on longer drives another update that
happened in

here

is that the interior now no longer uses any leather at all in the past I guess they were using synthetic leather for the seats but the steering wheel still had leather in it well that's gone so now the interior of this car is a hundred percent leather free and I have to say you can't tell if you actually look at the seats if you feel them touch them sit on them it seems just like leather obviously this decision was made with animals in mind to try to spare cows from
being used for their leather and I'm sure t

here

will be some people who say I can tell the difference and I want that cow stuff back but I can't it really really feels very similar looks very similar you could tell me this was real leather or fake and I would have no idea now that's most of the new stuff with the

model

3 but I also want to go over some of the most interesting quirks and features of this car since it's been like two years since I've reviewed it and since t

here

are a lot of quirks and features so I'm gonna start in the giant centre infotainment screen that controls everything now if you press the little car icon in the bottom left it pulls up all of your controls and the very first default screen that pops up is your quick controls this is w

here

you'll see like your headlights your mirror adjustment your steering wheel positioning adjustment and your display brightness adjustment pretty standard stuff what isn't standard is how this stuff
adjusts alright check this out you go into the mirror adjustment and it tells you you can use your steering wheel controls to adjust the mirrors and indeed you can t

here

's this little button dial on the steering wheel that you can use to move the mirror up or down or left or right and position it exactly how you want it to be done and you can do the same thing with the mirror over on the other side now that's not particularly exciting except you go into the steering wheel adjustment and
guess what now you can use that button dial thing on the steering wheel to adjust the position of the steering wheel so it's multi-purpose you move it up or down

here

and the steering wheel goes up or down you move it left to right and the steering wheel goes in or out so that little button dial on the steering wheel can change what it does depending on what you're doing now if you have the radio under you're listening to music it's the volume control you move it up or down and
then it will change your volume but that is an excellent idea it allows you to cut down on the number of buttons on the steering wheel because they can have different functions depending on what you're doing at any given moment now next up continuing into the infotainment system and going into the driving tab one thing I love is the names of the drive modes you have sport and chill instead of just sport and normal normal is called chill because when you want to chill you put it in shell and
another interesting item in the driving tab if you go to the bottom you can see that t

here

's a configurable item called creep if you turn that on it will allow the car to creep forward when you take your foot off the brake like most cars with an automatic transmission if you turn it off the car won't creep forward it's unbelievable that that's configurable that's something we've all gotten used to and automatic cars for so long in this thing you can choose whether or not
you want it to creep in next up another interesting item

here

in the

model

threes giant center screen is the fact that it has an internet browser and actually quite a large one and quite a good one I'm gonna go to my own website right now and you can see it's loading I'm in a basement so it takes a little time but if you give it time look t

here

I am crushing an Audi Allroad one of my crowning achievements you can use this internet browser however you want to go on various websites in
your

model

3 and next up

here

's a crazy feature in the infotainment system if you go into the climate tab and you go to this little button that looks like bacon it pulls up your heated seat controls now the front heated seats have easier controls than this t

here

are little menu items that you can just tap that are always available on the screen so you don't have to actually navigate to this screen every time you want to turn on the front heated seats but for the rear heated seats you do
have to go in

here

and

here

's a crazy thing this car has a heated middle rear seat I've never seen that before you often see cars now with heated rear seats on either side but a heated rear middle seat is crazy never ever seen it and you can control all the seat heating using this little screen many one other cool thing about the heated seat controls in this menu is that t

here

is an all off button so if a passenger gets out of the car and walks away and they're heated seat
doesn't turn off in the back you don't even have a button to turn it on or off then you can just press all off and it turns off from this menu which can be very convenient and next up I want to talk about the general operation of the infotainment screen and specifically the fact that it is very fast very very responsive screen and when I drove this car for the first time two years ago I was blown away by how quickly it responded to touches as you can see moving the map basically
everything but it is important to mention that within the last two years other automakers have caught up to this responsiveness mercedes-benz BMW Porsche a Volvo their systems are all pretty much this responsive now and so

Tesla

doesn't have the advantage that it once did in this area this is still a great infotainment system very intuitive but other automakers have made huge strides at catching up and personally I think a couple of other brands even have better infotainment technology than

Tesla

now since I'm talking about the map one cool thing

here

is if you look at the map you can see the location of all of the

Tesla

superchargers and you can see that some are bright red and some are dim red so why is that well the reason is it's displaying which superchargers are within this cars current range which is obviously really cool though the ones you can actually make it to which will help you plan your trip if you want to go somew

here

I can't make it to Vegas right now
but I can make it to Bakersfield now since we're on the subject of w

here

stuff is in this screen I have to say that as much as I do like this one screen that encompasses everything and the relatively minimal interior I do wish t

here

was a heads-up display in this car your speed that you're traveling is displayed at the top left of the screen which is about as close to your field of vision is it can get but it's still not right in the middle which is w

here

you kind of want it it would
be nice if this car had like a little heads-up display right in your field of vision that showed a few important items your speed maybe whether your turn signals are on your wipers and maybe what song is playing that sort of thing I think that would be an improvement to this interior and something else that would be an improvement to this interior would be cooled seats the

model

three does not offer cooled seats in any capacity in any trim level no matter how much you pay and it's the same
story with a heated steering wheel doesn't matter what you spend it's not available I find this to be odd this car has a built-in racing game that you can control a cartoon beach buggy using your steering wheel and yet they can't give you a cooled seats seems so ridiculous but indeed that's the situation and next up I want to talk about getting in now if you are the owner of this car you sync your phone to the car and the car recognizes your phone when you approach it just
unlocks the door and you get in no key needed at all now because this isn't my

model

three it doesn't respond to my phone so the owner gave me this little credit card looking thing that says

Tesla

that you can use as a key if you walk up to the car you see right now it's locked the mirrors are folded in but you hold the little

Tesla

key up to the b-pillar between the doors and it unlocks and then you can get in same deal if you're walking away you want to lock the car just hold
this little key card up to this area it will lock the doors and then you can walk away and next up once you've unlocked the car with the keycard and you're inside you can't just get in and start driving away instead t

here

's one extra step you have to take in the key card and place it in the center console in a specific area between the center storage and the cupholders and then you can actually put the car in gear and drive away and you can see on the infotainment screen it
actually directs you to do that it's basically saying you can't go anyw

here

until you put the key card in that spot and then it will recognize you and drive away one other interesting quirk of the

model

3 since it's an electric car it doesn't make any engine noise which means you could startle or surprise pedestrians or cyclists who don't hear it coming since its silent from the outside as a result

Tesla

adds a little sound to this car at low speeds to make sure people can
hear it coming and they're not surprised by it the sound is very unusual take a listen and so those are the quirks and features of the

Tesla

Model

3

performance

now it's time to get it out on the road and see how it drives all right driving the

model

three performs I'm just gonna wow I wasn't expecting that you know one of my problems is the

model

3 is even the

performance

model

now is faster than like anything it's like the speed of an m5 competition of supercars of this
fast but it still looks like a kind of a crappy little you know like somebody's electric car you know like oh it's special so as a result you kind of underestimated it but then it's like oh wow that is that is that's the surprise of the year for sure I mean you get it on McLaren which is yeah what clearance are a little faster than this if it's like yeah well I was expecting it because it looks like a crazy car that sounds like a crazy color but what come on what is this oh
my god crazy Wow the steering is actually pretty good too I put it in sport steering it's a sport not children draw acceleration mode too the steering is actually not so bad it's quick is it m3 quick kind of just surprising t

here

's not expecting it because the one I drove before was fine but it didn't feel as sporty as this now dynamically probably it is not on the same load as the m3 the it's higher and so that I've mentioned the center of gravity might be our loader has
all those batteries down low so that may not be true but I will say the steering the precision of the steering and the quickness of the steering is really impressive I do really wish that t

here

was a heads-up display some

model

300 are split about this and this is one of the big complaints about the car some people say they love it and don't care but I think it'd be nice if you could see right in front of you that's the speed I'm going maybe if your headlights are on your turn
signals whatever yeah it's not so bad I can't believe it they've actually been able to turn this into a pretty sporty little doesn't Slyke at all it does have more body lean t

here

's no doubt that m3 does or something like that a really high-

performance

European rival but not by much and I really think that the precision the quickness of the steering may actually be quicker than it and I was not expecting this at all I sort of assumed t

here

's such a crowd of

Tesla

people
and I just sort of assumed that it would it would be good but t

here

's no way it can be that good and test that people would love it even if it slapped him in the face while they drove but actually this is pretty good I'm not like a pestle obsessive person I just like cars and this is a pretty shoe but I would not get old I mean it would get it would make you sick after a while but it wouldn't get old I can't believe how fast it is and I can't believe how well it corners I
again the styling is what really gets me though the m3 I think I'd still prefer just because it looks the part I like it looks so cool whatever this just looks like an electric car it doesn't look fun or fast or anything so I guess maybe roadster is the car for me and so that's the

Tesla

Model

3

performance

this car is a substantially good value with its $56,000 price and its 310 mile range and its

performance

and its technology when you factor in the price the

performance

the
technology the equipment it's easy to see why this is the

best

Tesla

yet and now it's time to give it a dug score starting with the weekend categories and styling to me this is one of the

model

3 is biggest drawbacks it's just too dull and familiar and it gets a 5 out of 10 acceleration does 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and it gets a 9 out of 10 handling is very sharp not quite sports car sharp but excellent for a sedan and it gets a 6 out of 10 fun factor is good but not insane it's
great fun to match the gas pedal and even go around corners but with such a generic interior and exterior you do lose a little excitement to the European rivals and it gets a 6 out of 10 finally cool factor and these are everyw

here

in major cities

Tesla

makes a mistake by not improving the look of the

performance

version compared to the base

model

so it looks basically identical it will turn any heads and it gets a 5 out of 10 for a total weekend score of 31 out of 50 next up are the daily
categories and features this car has amazing tech among the

best

in the industry but then it's missing simple stuff like cooled seats and a heated steering wheel as a result in turns a 9 out of 10 comfort is normal for the class and it gets a 7 out of 10 quality is a mixed bag the interior just isn't that nice but it's reasonably well put together and reliability isn't chart-topping but it's fine it earns a 6 out of 10 practicality is normal for this segment a little better
thanks to its two trunks and it earns a 6 out of 10 finally value and this is w

here

this car shines it costs way less than a bmw m3 but it's faster and it has better tech the value score is excellent easily an 8 out of 10 add it up in the dug score is 67 out of 100 which places it

here

against relevant rivals in this segment and other electric cars the

model

3

performance

is excellent so you can see it loses out to the bmw m3 CS and the Audi rs3 and Weekend scores those cars are simply more
engaging and better looking the

model

3 also loses to the Jaguar eye pace and the

Model

X for daily scores as those cars are larger and more practical but on the whole in this segment for the money no car does it better than the

model

3

performance

it's the

best

Tesla

and it's also a fantastic car