Did Tesla Just Make Our Model 3 Faster?


[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: Tesla’s rolled
out an over-the-year update to Model 3’s that claims to
make them approximately 5% more powerful. Well, we, at Edmunds,
happen to own one. We want to find out what that
means in terms of acceleration. Before we do, make sure you
go to edmunds.com and read our long term updates
about our Model 3 to find out just how colorful
our ownership experience has been. Our Model 3 is a long
range rear drive variant, and it came with 258
horsepower brand new. A 5% increase is
about 13 horsepower. So if that math is correct, it
should be 271 horsepower now. Let’s find out what that means
during acceleration testing. For a power increase
such as this, the best way to see what’s
up is by measuring wide open straight line acceleration. Here, at the Edmunds
test track, we can do that using our high
grade VBox data logger. In fact, where he did that with
our Model 3 when it was new. Back then, it did 0 to 60 in
5.3 seconds, or 4.9 seconds if you include a 1-foot rollout
like drag strips and car magazines do and did the
quarter mile and 13.6 seconds at 102.1 miles an hour. Now, we’re back. We’re gonna do the
same acceleration test in the same location
with the same test equipment to see if that additional
5% power increase actually makes a difference. When you’re doing an
acceleration run with any EV as we’ve found during
testing, like this Tesla, you’re pretty much
your first run is going to be your fastest
no matter what you do. So without further
ado, let’s just mash the accelerator pedal. And we can’t call it a “gas
pedal” because there’s no gas. There’s no throttle. It’s just an accelerator pedal,
which makes language less fun. But let’s– here we go. [ACCELERATOR PEDAL STOMP] [ELECTRIC MOTOR WHIRL] [BEEP] [BEEP] And it looks like
we’ve gone quicker– not by much, a little bit. Not enough that you would
actually feel it in the seat. But looks like the data– car’s gone slightly quicker. We’ll have to crunch
these numbers, validate them, make
sure they’re legit. Although it shouldn’t
be too much different. But from the data, the
results look promising. The new results? 0 to 60 in 5 seconds flat,
or 4.7 seconds if you include that 1-foot rollout. And the quarter mile in 13.5
seconds at 102.1 miles an hour. That’s 0.3 of a second
faster to 60 and a 0.1 quicker at the quarter mile than
when we first tested the car. Pretty impressive. Yes, the Model 3 is
more powerful now, and that means actual
differences in acceleration. I’m shocked. I didn’t think we’d see a
difference in acceleration with the power
difference that subtle. But that fact also
requires a bit of a caveat. Just because it’s faster at
maximum accelerator or maximum power doesn’t mean you
feel this difference during the daily commute unless
you’re the kind of driver who drives with your foot to
the ground the entire time, at least in a car
that accelerates as quickly as the Model 3. If you do think you notice
a car that feels quicker as a result of this kind of
small power change, that’s probably the placebo effect. If not, you’re probably
noticing a difference in how the gas
pedal or accelerator pedal is calibrated. You can make a slow
car feel faster just by making the accelerator
pedal more responsive, adjusting that calibration. With all that aside,
it’s really cool to report that the Model 3 is
more powerful and faster now just in an over-the-year update. And that’s a really
cool bragging right to have if you’re
an owner of the car. [MUSIC PLAYING]