The Tesla Model 3 is now on sale in select European markets, with first deliveries penned in for February 2019
Tesla has outlined European specifications and prices for the Model 3, and first European reservation holders will have been invited to begin placing their final orders.
In the United States, the Model 3 has been on sale for well over a year and deliveries are well underway, with production totalling over 50,000 units in the third quarter of 2018.
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With European sales finally beginning, two configurations of the Model 3 are available from market launch - the Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel-Drive, and the recently revealed, BMW M3 baiting Model 3 Performance.
Both models are expected use a 75kWh battery pack, and have been homologated under the new WLTP testing procedure with an official range of up to 338 miles on a single charge. As for the Model 3 Performance, Tesla claims that the European specification model achieves 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, with top speed clocked at 155mph. No European performance figures have been published for the regular Long Rane Dual Motor AWD model, but Tesla's American configurator claims 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 145mph.
European specification Model 3s are equipped with CCS charging ports, meaning they'll be able to use third-party roadside fast chargers from the likes of Ionity and BP/Chargemaster alongside Tesla's European Supercharger network.
Standard equipment on both versions includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning and side collision warning. A 15.4-inch touchscreen display is mounted centrally in the cabin, and Tesla's 'Premium Connectivity' package is standard for one year from purchase, allowing satellite maps with live traffic, a subscription to the Spotify music streaming service, and over-the-air update capability.
Heated seats with 12-way power adjustable front seats are standard fit, plus a surround sound system making use of 14 speakers. Auto dimming, powerfolding, heated mirrors are also included.
The Model 3 Performance gets a mildly racier design to go with its 444bhp all-electric dual-motor powertrain. It gets a small carbon-fibre lip spoiler on the boot-lid, 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, aluminium pedals in the cabin and an exclusive 'Track' drive mode.
Tesla is aiming to deliver its first Model 3s in Europe in February 2019, and says that every current LHD market reservation holder in Europe will be invited to configure and order their car by the end of this year. Prices vary by local market, but by and large the Model 3 is priced from around €58,000 for the Long Range AWD model, and €70,000 for the Model 3 Performance.
In the UK, that translates to £51,600 and £62,300 respectively. However, as a right-hand-drive market, British reservation holders will have to wait around another 12 months to get their cars.