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Last night driving home from dinner my wife and I needed to kill some time to ensure our kids were sleeping so we didn’t have to start (the whole going to bed cycle) over upon our arrival. Well what better way to kill time than in a Model 3.

Anyway, we stumbled upon a quiet road that I’ve never been on before and I said to my wife this is the perfect road to test the performance of the car.

I said put your head back in the seat and she obliged, which meant it was go time!

We were going 20 MPH and I floored it. In a split second we were going 50 MPH before I slowed being unfamiliar with the road we were on.

My wife turned to me and said “I’m nauseous”. She looked like she was just on a roller coaster. She asked me if I felt the same way, but of course I did not.

Anyway, I thought that was a funny/fun story to share. The moral of the story is the single motor RWD is plenty fast and tons of fun. The instant torque is simply a blast. Those waiting for dual motor AWD, unless you think you absolutely need it I would suggest not delaying the fun. Especially not with Elon’s overnight Tweet that we won’t see any additional complications to the configuration until they reach 5,000 units per week.

 

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I drive a 2017 Leaf which has a 0-60 north of 11 seconds and the instant torque still throws you back in the seat a bit. It's tonnes of fun and really useful. Can just slam it to get upto highway speeds and unlike an ICE you don't have the motor screaming at 3000RPM sounding like an impending explosion.
 

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Yes, the leaf I own is fun, but the 3 is FUNNER! I am gonna get myself in trouble :eek:

But seriously, I can get in front of just about anyone from a light. ;)
 
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For many, the issue is traction, not speed, when talking about AWD vs RWD.
The traction from AWD is fantastic in the winter time. I leave everybody behind at the lights on snow and ice covered roads. However, when the roads are dry, there is no advantage. Also, when the roads are slippery, it doesn’t help you stop any faster, that is purely a function of tire traction. RWD with winter tires and traction control should be fine, at least in southern Ontario winters.
 
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For many, the issue is traction, not speed, when talking about AWD vs RWD.
From what the Now You Know guys shared seems to be quite solid with RWD + Snow Tires. I can’t vouch for it myself obviously.
 

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So what is Tesla at now with the M3? 2k a week?
Yup. The last week of March they did 2,020 Model 3s and said that they were going to do 2,000 the first week of April, same as the S and X combined. But supposedly they will be at 5k by end of June. Elon is sticking to that timeline.
 

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My wife and college-age daughter both REALLY enjoy the acceleration. LIke, maybe more than I do.

I will agree rationally with the statement that "it's fast enough for all practical purposes," but I'm kinda getting used to it now, and may be somewhat pining for a future Ludi 3.

The fully-autonomous PL"AI"D, if you will.

If it was a droid it would be the 3PLD.
 

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I only use about a quarter inch of the pedel travel. Honestly, I'd love a chill mode.
I used to think that as well.
But after a while of driving an EV it becomes second nature to not need it.
I started with using ECO mode all the time before I learned to just use a sensible right foot.
Chill mode is simply engaged in any car by pressing lighter on the throttle :)
 

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It feels like it's enough until I drive my friend's P90DL then it reminds me that I'll be upgrading as soon as a 3 PLRD comes out.
 

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Tomorrow will be 1 week with my 3 and I agree; RWD is all I need!

I had so much fun with the acceleration from the BMW i3 I leased for 2 yrs but holy Toledo this is another thing altogether! Just throws your body into the seat.

I did like that the i3 had an eco mode that limited acceleration, but as other have pointed out if you want to max your battery just slow down... in a Tesla Model 3, however, that is much easier said than done! :sunglasses:
 

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also the i3 did surprisingly well in the snow and ice, which I presume is from the weight and how low/evenly distributed it is... so hopefully the model 3 is the same