Like the standard Tesla Model 3, the more expensive all-wheel-drive model will arrive first.
With Model 3 production finally improving and customers getting their cars, Tesla recently announced a $78,000 performance version of the all-electric sedan. Now, CEO Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that the Tesla Model 3 AWD Performance will go to production before the standard AWD model so that the company doesn’t lose money. It’s a similar strategy that was used for initial production, with only the long-range model being offered.
That means those that are interested in purchasing the all-wheel-drive Model 3 will have to shell out quite a bit of cash, unless they are willing to wait for the non-Performance version. And sadly, the $35,000 entry-level Model 3 may not arrive until next year now, as Tesla continues focusing on selling higher-priced variants first while improving production.
Yes, AWD P first and then AWD. Production costs are always high when line first gets going, so we have to sell higher price versions first or each car will have very negative margins. As production efficiency rises, we can make lower cost versions & not lose money.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 29, 2018
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