Elon Musk Says Tesla Model 3 Base Model Is Only Rear Wheel Drive

Posted: Apr 4 2016, 12:26am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 4 2016, 12:28am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Elon Musk Says Tesla Model 3 Base Model Is Only Rear Wheel Drive
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Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk had a short Twitter AMA revealing new details about the Model 3.

The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 has rear wheel drive. All Wheel Drive is an optional feature said Elon Musk a couple hours ago on Twitter. Elon Musk plays down that disappointing news that even rear wheel drive will have great traction on ice due to fast torque response of the Tesla drivetrain.

Tesla enthusiasts though will want the optional dual motor all wheel drive known from the Model S. The Model 3 AWD option is likely going to be the most expensive option on the Model 3.

Elon Musk gave also another update on the Tesla Model 3 reservation number. The electric car company has now 276,000 Model 3 pre-orders. On April 2 the reservations counter stood on 253,000. Over the weekend another 23,000 people decided to also want a Model 3. I expect that the Model 3 reservations will break through the 300,000 mark by Tuesday.

"A Model 3 order gives you priority in your geography, so, even tho total count is high, ordering early will make a big difference locally," said Elon Musk over the weekend. This means that depending where you live, you can still get a Model 3 early if you pre-order now. In general there is though the big question how long it will take Tesla Motors to build 276,000 Model 3 cars.

The company is facing its biggest challenge yet, but this is what Tesla Motors mission was from the beginning. Now they can convert the vision into reality.

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