Watch: Tesla Model 3 Runs a 13-Second Quarter Mile

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Considering the huge production delays, it may be hard to believe that some people actually have a Tesla Model 3, but they do exist in the wild.

YouTuber JR Garage recently took his Tesla Model 3 to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland, claiming to have set a new quarter-mile world record with a 13.330 @ 104.07 mph pass. That is, of course, in the long-range version of the Model 3 since the standard version hasn’t even entered production yet. It does, however, give us an idea of what to expect when the dual motor, all-wheel-drive version arrives sometime in the future.

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It’s a far cry from the Tesla Model S P100D’s world record quarter-mile time of 10.723 seconds, but it is nonetheless impressive for the more affordable Model 3. That also means the Model 3 likely does zero-to-60 in the mid-four second range, making it pretty quick.

There’s little doubt the Model 3 is the fastest of all its competitors, with a system output of 271 horsepower and 307 pound-feet of torque. To put it all into perspective, the Honda Civic Type R with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque does the quarter mile in around 14 seconds. A better competitor to the Model 3 in a drag race? The Ford Focus RS, which Motor Trend tested to a 13.3 @ 103.3 mph time.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Noe Japan Noe Japan on May 08, 2018

    Really does not matter how many of these 'clips' 'films' you can see ..... they are just boring / dull ...... the tesla we all know is fast for what it is ........ but then on the other hand - look at it - look at that car shape / design - its thoroughly dull and boring to look at