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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volkswagen’s most iconic model after legendary Beetle, the Golf became a performance hatchback all the way back in 1976, only two years after the nameplate was introduced. A popular model since day one, the Golf GTI inspired Volkswagen to design a higher performance version of the smaller Polo too. Although the first Polo GTi didn’t arrive until 1995, the model can trace its roots back to the first-generation G40 version. Following a limited-edition introduction in the 1990s, the GTI has become a regular member of the Polo family, and 2017 brought the latest-generation hatch into the spotlight.

Launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the latest Polo GTI is based on the latest, sixth-generation subcompact, also unveiled in 2017. Built on a new platform, it uses an updated design language based on the latest Golf and a redesigned interior that moves the new Polo into a higher class, closer to the premium market. More importantly, the new GTI gained a 2.0-liter engine instead of the old, 1.8-liter unit. On the flipside, if you were expecting a new Polo GTI with significantly more power, you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. But more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Volkswagen Polo GTi.

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Polo GTI is an Attractive Reminder of Why Volkswagen is King of the Hot Hatch Market

The Volkswagen Polo isn’t exactly a spring chicken, gracing various markets of the world since 1975. In the 47 years the Polo has lived, it’s seen a number of different versions, including the Polo Fun, Polo Soho, Polo Vivo, Polo Dune, and even the funky, jacked up Cross Polo. Come 1995, and the Polo (in Mk3 form) was finally all grown up and was christened with its very first GTI badge, a model that was produced in just 3,000 examples. Since then, the Polo GTI has gotten better and better as it shifted into the Mk4 and Mk5 generations, but come 2017 and Volkswagen was proud to announce the newest, Mk6 Polo GTI– a model that sports GTI-specific bumpers, exclusive 17-inch wheels, large brakes, twin exhaust, sport steering, lowered suspension, and the 2.0-liter from the Golf GTI that has been slightly detuned to 200PS, the most power ever offered by a Polo GTI and the equivalent of 197 horsepower for those of you not on the metric system. 18-inch wheels are also available as an option, and the largest wheel offering in the history of the little hatchback.

On top of all of these GTI extras, the Polo GTI is based on the sixth-generation, 2018 Polo, which means it gets all of the fresh stylings inside and out to go with some standard safety features like front collision detection, blind spot assist, and even automatic emergency stopping. The base model is even available in 14 different exterior colors while the dash inside is customizable with any one of 17 different color options. When you add the extra power, the new styling, the standard safety systems, and the ability to choose from a wide array of different colors inside and out, this is by far the best Polo GTI to date. Let’s give it a quick once over and talk about all the goodness that comes with the sixth-gen GTI before we get to the full review.

PostHeaderIcon Seat Arona Brings New Digital Display In Frankfurt

Major auto shows usually stand out for debuting incredible supercars, thrilling luxury models, and futuristic concept vehicles. That’s because gearheads are more attracted by outstanding automobiles and the hype around them rather than mundane vehicles for the masses. But, as soon as the hype goes away, we of return to those affordable, every-day cars, simply because most of us drive such vehicles and cannot afford fancy supercars. Seat is among the companies that are looking to succeed by selling affordable vehicles, and it brought four new products to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, including its brand-new Digital Cockpit.

Set to make its debut in 2018, the new Digital Cockpit is the firm’s latest instrument cluster and brings forward a more modern and versatile design. The Digital Cockpit will make its market debut in the Arona crossover and Leon Cupra R, both showcased in Frankfurt, but it will also be offered in the Ibiza and Ateca later on. Alongside the Arona, Leon Cupra R, and the Digital Cockpit, Seat also unveiled Amazon Alexa, a new voice-activated digital service. But before we look at the new cars, let’s check out this new Digital Cockpit that should make driving a Seat a more exciting experience.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500X Urbana Edition

The Fiat 500 is, without a doubt, the Italian automaker’s most famous and popular model. Drawing from the legendary and hugely successful model of the same name produced between 1957 and 1975, the modern 500 is a small, quirky little runabout designed for faultless urban transportation duty. The diminutive dimensions assist in tight parking spots, while a fun-loving attitude and nippy suspension set-up make it a blast behind the wheel. Don’t forget a stylish exterior as well. In 2014, Fiat reimagined the 500 as an ultra-compact crossover, and thus, the high-riding 500X was created. Given the popularity of compacts crossovers like the 500X, it makes sense that Fiat is giving it a new aesthetics package. It’s called the Urbana Edition, and it adds unique trim and colors to help it stand out from non-Urbana’d editions.

Based on the Trekking trim level, which Fiat has declared as the most popular trim level for the 500X, the Urbana Edition keeps all the same bits and pieces buyers have come to expect, including a functional interior with lots of space for hauling things, and the option for AWD as well. Mechanically, the Urbana Edition goes unchanged, and still gets the same 2.4-liter gas-burning engine producing 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission (lower trim levels get a 1.4-liter engine with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque). If you’re looking for a unique take on this Italian compact crossover, then continue reading for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 500X Urbana Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Kia Picanto X-Line

The Kia Picanto came to be in 2003 when it was launched on a shortened platform of the Hyundai Getz. Redesigned in 2011, it grew in size and shared underpinnings with the then-new Hyundai i10. Another update followed in 2015, but 2017 brought the significantly modified third-generation model. About half a year has passed since the new Picanto arrived and Kia just introduced a new model, the X-Line.

A range-topping model alongside the performance-oriented GT-Line, the X-Line is a crossover-inspired model in the vein of the larger Volkswagen Cross Polo and Cross Golf, and the Hyundai i20 Active. Modifications include a slightly higher ride height, black cladding on the wheel arches, and a few extra features compared to the standard model. The X-Line also introduces the new turbocharged 1.0-liter engine that will also motivate the GT-Line version.

Continue reading to learn more about the Kia Picanto X-Line.

PostHeaderIcon BMW 1 Series

We didn’t get a chance to enjoy the second-generation 1 Series here in the States, but with the introduction of the third-gen model, BMW has decided we are worthy yet again. So far, very little is known about the new 1 Series, but one big factor could be rather detrimental to its success: it’s shifting from a RWD architecture to a FWD architecture. It’s a move that’s surely ruffling some feathers in the Bimmer community. This switch is made possible by UKL platform that debuted in the 2014 Mini Cooper and now underpins the new 1 Series Sedan, 2 Series Active Tourer, and the X1. Outside of this, the new 1 Series will shed its homely exterior design in favor of a more aggressive look with a slightly longer wheelbase than previous models. Rumor also has it BMW is dropping the three-door model, leaving just the five-door hatch to fight against models like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, among others.

More importantly, however, is the fact that the UKL platform will translate to more space inside for rear seat passengers and cargo. Compared to the Mini Cooper, the new 1 Series will be a bit longer and is even said to be coming back to the U.S. And, to add even more fuel to the fire, the BMW 1M could come back with as much as 360 horsepower on tap – just enough to put the Focus RS and Golf R in their place. But, before we get too far into all of that, let’s take a short walk down memory lane before diving into hints offered by the first round of spy shots.

Update 09/08/2017: It’s been months since we’ve seen the next-gen 1 Series testing on public streets, and it’s finally be spotted again. As it turns out, BMW has been quite busy inching the 1 Series closer to production. Check out the “Spy Shots” section below to learn about what’s new this time around.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype

As the SUV and crossover body style continues to grip European markets with a surge in popularity, automakers are rushing to fill any and all gaps left in their tall-bodied lineup. Honda is no different, and without a green alternative in its compact crossover offerings, competitors like Kia and Toyota are scooping up sales left right. Basically, it boils down to missed opportunities for the H badge, but now, that’s about to change as Honda previews its upcoming hybrid CR-V. It’s called the CR-V Hybrid Prototype, and quite frankly, that “Prototype” in the name is probably completely unnecessary – this thing looks almost totally production ready. Not only is this the first time Honda has brought hybrid tech to a European-market SUV, but it’s also rumored the model could come stateside some time in the future. Either way, expect sharper styling, a 2.0-liter gas engine, and two electric motors.

The prototype will get its big public reveal later this month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, following in the footsteps of an earlier, China-bound hybrid CR-V revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. So then – what does the prototype bring to the table, and what can we expect when the finalized production variant makes its appearance? Read on for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype.

PostHeaderIcon The New 2018 Nissan Leaf Might Be The Best Replacement for the VW TDI

Last night Nissan finally unveiled the all-new 2018 Leaf, and it’s a massive improvement over the old car. The biggest news for EV fans will be the new 150-mile range. That’s nearly double what the original Leaf launched with. It’s even easier on your wallet with a starting price under $30,000, making it nearly $700 cheaper than the current model. But the best improvement is the all-new electric motor. The old car made a useable, but unimpressive 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. But the new 2018 car makes 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and that is more amazing than you realize.

Let us put those power numbers into perspective. The Volkswagen 2.0L TDI engine, the best “performance” fuel-economy engine on the market before the Dieselgate scandal destroyed everything, produces 150 horsepower and 238 pounds of twist.

Nissan just made a viable alternative to scorned TDI buyers.

True, the TDI had some other advantages like a massive 600+ mile range before needing to be refueled, but on a pure day-to-day performance perspective, the new Leaf might work. If you bought a TDI to make your daily commute, and you still want something that is good for the environment while providing the same level of thrust, maybe you should call your Nissan Dealer.

Yes, we do know that other alternatives like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 have even more power and performance, but those cars also have much higher price tags. We aren’t sure about you, but we feel like people buying $26k Volkswagen’s might not be able to afford the $38,000 asking price of a Bolt.

But what do you guys think? Is the new Nissan Leaf good enough to be a real competitor in the market now? And if you are a former TDI owner, please let us now, and be sure to give us your thoughts on this new car.

PostHeaderIcon Mazda3

The Mazda3 has been generating solid sales for the Japanese automaker ever since it was introduced in 2003, but it was the third-generation model, launched in 2013, that established the nameplate as a strong competitor in the compact market. Selling more units than ever, the third-gen car received a mild update in 2016, but Mazda is already working on the next-generation model. Not much is known about the fourth-generation version, but Mazda’s North American design director, Julien Montousse, has recently unveiled that its design will borrow styling cues from the gorgeous Mazda RX-Vision concept.

Believed to preview the next-generation Mazda RX-7, the RX-Vision concept is also expected to inspire several vehicles in the company’s lineup in the future. The Mazda3 will become the first model to make use of the concept’s sporty lines and we just created a rendering of how the hatchback model may look like. The new Mazda3 won’t see the light of day until at least 2018, but having seen the company’s evolution in recent years, it’s not too difficult to predict what the next compact will bring to the table. As a result, we also put together a speculative review to go with our new rendering. Keep reading for all the info and make sure you stay tuned for updates.

Updated 09/01/2017: The next-gen Mazda3 was caught testing for the first time and, as you can see from the stickers on the prototype, it will feature Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine technology!

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Mazda3.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Crosstrek XTI

As an older WRX fan, I lament the loss of the WRX hatch. More than that, I’m downright crestfallen over the loss of the WRX wagon. Once considered a bastion of speed and practicality, Subaru’s most famous performance machine is now no more than a be-winged four-door, downgraded from the glory of “yes please, more junk in the trunk” to “I’m not sure if it’ll fit.” However, if cargo room is what you’re after, then the Crosstrek looks like a decent solution, albeit a boring one. If we had our way, we wouldn’t have to choose – strap on a turbo, drop the CVT, and suddenly you’ve got the best of both worlds. Say hello to the Crosstrek XTI.

The name draws from the 2008 Forester XTI concept, which appeared at SEMA with the same 2.5-liter turbo boxer engine as the WRX STI, plus a six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch S204 wheels, high-performance Yokohama rubber, coilover suspension, big Brembo brakes, leather and Alcantara in the cabin, and a new cabin layout. Output clocked in at 315 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Sounds tasty, but unlikely, no? Not so fast. Subaru has already offered a more aggressive design study for the Crosstrek called the Subaru XV Sport Concept, introduced at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2013, bearing new styling, upgraded suspension, LED lights, STI tower bar, new aero enhancements, STI muffler, 17-inch Enkei wheels, Recaro seats, and Brembo brakes. So what if Subaru went whole hog on the performance crossover thing?

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Crosstrek XTI.

PostHeaderIcon BMW X4

The BMW X4 is another one of those vehicles that mix a car’s body with an SUV chassis, and for some reason, people love them. Evidence for this can be found in the sheer fact that after just three years on the market, BMW has already been caught testing the second-generation X4 – a model that will continue borrowing most of its DNA from the X3 SUV. Well, with the exception of that sloping roofline, of course. As far as what the X4 will offer in terms of chassis enhancements or powertrain options all remains a mystery, but rumor has it that it will use the CLAR platform and that the chassis and engine offerings will mirror those of the X3 once BMW decides to pull the sheet and spill the beans. So, you can expect to see a range of gasoline and diesel engines, depending on the market. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version to help complete the lineup.

For now, that’s about all we know about the upcoming X4, but a few spy shots should offer us a nice little preview and give us a basis for speculation. The next-gen X4 is expected to make its debut toward the end of 2017 with the Frankfurt Auto Show being the most likely venue. So, let’s quit wasting time talking about it and take a closer look at these spy shots.

Update 8/28/2017: The BMW X4 is just about ready to make its debut, and never has that been more evident than this morning when our inbox was filled with new spy shots of an uncamouflaged X4 making its maiden voyage to an undisclosed location. As a special note, it isn’t wearing a front plate or front plate mount, so what we see here could be the first models slated for the U.S., or at the very least the models will be shown off on the big debut day. There’s a lot to make out, and it’s our first real good look at the upcoming X4, so check out our spy shot section below to learn all about it!

Continue reading to learn more about the next BMW X4.

PostHeaderIcon BMW X4

The BMW X4 is another one of those vehicles that mix a car’s body with an SUV chassis, and for some reason, people love them. Evidence for this can be found in the sheer fact that after just three years on the market, BMW has already been caught testing the second-generation X4 – a model that will continue borrowing most of its DNA from the X3 SUV. Well, with the exception of that sloping roofline, of course. As far as what the X4 will offer in terms of chassis enhancements or powertrain options all remains a mystery, but rumor has it that it will use the CLAR platform and that the chassis and engine offerings will mirror those of the X3 once BMW decides to pull the sheet and spill the beans. So, you can expect to see a range of gasoline and diesel engines, depending on the market. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version to help complete the lineup.

For now, that’s about all we know about the upcoming X4, but a few spy shots should offer us a nice little preview and give us a basis for speculation. The next-gen X4 is expected to make its debut toward the end of 2017 with the Frankfurt Auto Show being the most likely venue. So, let’s quit wasting time talking about it and take a closer look at these spy shots.

Update 8/28/2017: The BMW X4 is just about ready to make its debut, and never has that been more evident than this morning when our inbox was filled with new spy shots of an uncamouflaged X4 making its maiden voyage to an undisclosed location. As a special note, it isn’t wearing a front plate or front plate mount, so what we see here could be the first models slated for the U.S., or at the very least the models will be shown off on the big debut day. There’s a lot to make out, and it’s our first real good look at the upcoming X4, so check out our spy shot section below to learn all about it!

Continue reading to learn more about the next BMW X4.

PostHeaderIcon Elio Has Just $4,444 In The Bank, Delays Production Again

Surprise, surprise. The trail of broken promises that is Elio has once again decided to delay production. In a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Elio has stated that production is not expected to begin until the fourth quarter of 2019 [1]. Come on, really, Elio? What kind of nonsense is this? Do you mean to tell us that it takes EIGHT YEARS to put a motorized tricycle into production? I mean, they raised MILLIONS of dollars through crowdfunding and other forms of investment [2], yet they have accumulated over $145 MILLION [3] in debt without a single customer car being built.

If a company has received $145 million in loans or financing or whatever, surely it’s possible to produce ONE production car? I mean, Elio began toting around that they would build a $6,800 car with 84 mpg [4], before realizing that this is quite a big ask. As a result, they effectively developed the Geo Metro-based engine after releasing the specifications, and to date, there is no EPA-approved mpg figure. Oh, and the price has been raised, again, to $7,526 [5]. Furthermore, according to a SEC filing for the six-month period between December 31, 2016, to June 30, 2017, Elio had just $4,444 in the bank. I don’t know whether or not to laugh or cry at that figure. I honestly hope that that was a typo. I’m no accountant or financial analyst, but I think it takes more than four grand to run a car company. Unless Paul Elio was vigorously throwing money off of the Empire State Building, I can’t imagine how funds were mismanaged that horribly to have such little money in the bank. This is absolute madness!

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Showcases The Personalization Potential Of The Macan

Of all the cars in Porsche’s current lineup, the Porsche Macan is the one model that’s still searching for an identity. That’s not a dig at the crossover; it is, rather, a product of circumstance given that it’s one of the newest models in the company’s lineup. But just because the Macan doesn’t have the status of the 911 or the popularity of the Cayenne doesn’t mean that it can’t score a taste of the high side of personalization, as this particular Macan example is proudly showing us.

To be clear, this isn’t a one-off, exclusive take on the Macan. It’s not even a special edition model. Rather, it’s an example of what Porsche is able to do with its baby crossover should a customer want to really dive deep into personalization. It’s based on the Macan Turbo and is decked all around with Porsche’s Performance Package, hence the sportier appearance. It also gets a unique livery that touches on Porsche’s racing history. Think the Macan already looks good dressed in all black? How about a two-tone color scheme with the other half of the body in white and throw in red and silver racing stripes for good measure? I can’t say that this kind of personalized treatment will be universally accepted, but as far as Porsche is concerned, this example isn’t as important as the message it’s conveying, which is to say that Porsche is open for your Macan personalization needs.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model 3 Production Funded as Investors Beg Elon Musk to Take Their Money

The car business is an expensive one, and moving things in the right condition can be quite costly. As such, Tesla was in a bit of a bind when it came to funding Model 3 production – something that could have thrown a monkey wrench into Elon’s whole plan to ramp up production to 500,000 units by the end of 2018. But, when it comes to money, people quite literally trip over their own feet in a rush to fund the pockets of one of the world’s elite and most interesting businessmen. So intensely, as a matter of fact, that it took him just four hours last week to raise nearly $600,000 of the $1.5 billion he was seeking. It’s only been a week since WonderBoy sold more than a half-million worth of Junk bonds to investors, and now we’re seeing word that Tesla’s fearless leader has managed to hit his goal, and even surpass it, securing a total of $1.8 billion in “eight-year unsecured bonds at a rate of 5.30 percent.”

So, at this point, everything looks to be moving full steam ahead for Tesla, thanks to its huge influx of cash. One has to commend Musk for being able to raise so much so quickly. But, it’s not without its risk. If things happen to go south, investors could take a huge blow. That’s the thing about buying up debt – it offers high yields in the long run, but it’s also possible to lose your ass too if things don’t work out as they should. Of course, this also means one thing – Tesla’s Model 3 production may not be plagued by delays and setbacks. But, it’s still possible. Keep reading to find out why.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model 3 Battery Specs, Cost per Battery, and Profitability Projections

Not even a week ago, I brought you the news about a leaked EPA document that give us some figures for the long-range Tesla Model 3 – with the most important figures being the 3,937-pound curb weight and a meager 258 horsepower. These figures allowed us to determine that the long-range model likely had an 80-kWh battery. I later speculated that the standard model would use somewhere between a 50- or 60-kWh battery. Well, in a call with Goldman Sachs for the bondholders that bit onto Musk’s money-raising bait it was confirmed by the big (or little?) guy himself that the standard model gets a battery that is “just over 50 kWh” while the long-range version comes with a 75 kWh battery – turns out that my math and speculation was pretty spot on. Bully for me.

But, that’s not even the most important part – what’s important is that Elon Musk is expecting to see a 25-percent gross margin on each Model 3 Tesla sells. That’s a huge figure when we’re talking about a $35,000 car, but the pivotal deciding factor is the price of each battery that goes into this little EVs. During his call with Goldman Sachs, Musk refused to disclose the cost of each battery but claims that it is cheaper than the competition, and at one point it was said to be less than $190 per kWH. So, how does Musk plan to make so much money of the Model 3? Well, he seems to believe that battery cost could be below $100 per kWh by the end of the decade and even lower in the years to follow. What do these batteries really cost? We can’t say for sure yet, but we have an idea, so let’s do some math.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Golf R – Driven

The Volkswagen Golf R is not the paper champion of the hot-hatch segment. Others in the field might make more horsepower or put down a faster quarter-mile drag time. That could lead some bench-racers to opine that VW needs to ante up and “fix” the Golf R by adding power or decreasing weight. But those armchair critics miss the point of the Volkswagen Golf R. It’s a solid-feeling, rip-roaring hot-hatch, sure. But it’s also easy to live with on a daily commute — something others in this class may not excel at.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R.

PostHeaderIcon New Nissan Leaf to Cost Less than Tesla Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most successful electric cars available right now, but the first-generation model is getting a bit long in the tooth, and it’s quite dated when compared to the much newer Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. A second-gen model is underway for a 2017 launch, but Nissan is still mum on the details, and we know a bit about its design thanks to a few leaked photos. Fortunately, a Russian website got its hands on a few spec sheets, and we now know a lot more about the upcoming EV.

Arguably the most important piece of information leaked here is the pricing. Apparently set at $29,990, the base price of the new Leaf undercuts the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt by $5,000 and $7,500 respectively. That’s a solid plus for the Leaf, but how does it fair on the performance front? Well, output is rated at 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, a significant bump over the 107 horses and 187 pound-feet in the current model. This rating places it below the Chevy Bolt, which comes with 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. A comparison to Model 3 isn’t yet possible as Tesla has yet to release the full details. The battery capacity is at 40 kWh, down from the Bolt’s 60 kWh and the Model 3’s 50 or optional 75 kWh capacity, but up from the previous Leaf’s 30 kWh.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen T-Roc

Remember back in 2014 when Volkswagen put the T-Roc Concept on display at the Geneva Auto Show? Well, you should, because it was one of the few VW concepts that we could actually appreciate and the one that we really looked forward to seeing in production form. Fast forward to today, and VW has decided to spill the beans on the all-new T-Roc just a month before it’s set to make its first major appearance at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Billed as an innovative compact crossover, the T-Roc boasts a large number of standard features, a sporty exterior design, lots of cargo room for its size, and a massive list of drivetrain options. Driver assistance features fill the list of standards as well, while there are enough options to make the T-Roc customizable to just about any taste, whether your bland and boring or like to stick out like a sore thumb. Three trim lines make up the T-Roc family tree, with the base model offering a good, affordable starting point, while the upper two trim levels – Sport and Style – bring lots of personalization and stand-out options that are exclusive only to those trim levels.

As an all-new model, that we really haven’t known too much about until now, we truly have a lot to talk about. But, you can rest assured that Volkswagen wasn’t playing games or being lazy when it came up with this compact crossover. It’s very well thought out, full of all the goodness that should drive sales and should certainly stand out in the very crowded segment for which it now resides. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and talk all about it – you never know; this just might be your next new car.

PostHeaderIcon EPA Documents Show that the Tesla Model 3 is not a Powerful Vehicle

The Model 3 has finally entered production and the first 30 orders we fulfilled at a special handover event in Australia just a little over a week ago. During the handover event, we learned some new things about the Model 3 and Tesla as a whole. Production of the Model 3 is set to ramp up significantly over the next year, but what was more important were the specs that we received. The Model 3 starts out at $35,000 and offers up a Tesla-estimated range of 220 miles. It can hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and tops out at 130 mph. If you opt for the long-range model, you’ll get 310 miles along with the ability to hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 140 mph. And, those specs sound great and all, but our man Elon doesn’t exactly like to disclose all information up front, which means we were left with at least a few questions. We had no idea about system power output or even how much the car weighs. And, while we still haven’t gotten word from WonderBoy Musk or Tesla, the EPA has gotten its hands on an example of the Model 3 and issued a report that gives us some fresh info.

There’s really not much, but the EPA did test the long-range model, so we’re talking about a cost of at least $44,000. Reading the EPA report kind of feels like reading a different language at times, but if you dig through the report, more specifically on page four, you’ll find that the long-range model offers up just 258 horsepower. That means that the standard model probably offers a bit less. So, how is it still able to hit 60 mph so quickly? Well, you can credit the 3,837-pound curb weight. That, and the fact that the electric motor is a direct drive unit and it can deliver near-instantaneous torque. It may be able to beat out a lot of cars rated at the same output, but this baby won’t be beating any sports cars anytime soon. To put this into perspective a bit, the Model S tips the scale at 4,647 pounds, so the Model 3 is upward of 1,000-pounds lighter. We still don’t know for sure what size battery the Model 3 is toting around, but if you do the math, it should come out to be about an 80-kWh battery pack. That means the standard-range model likely makes use of a 50 or 60-kWh battery. And, for those of you who want to call out that the Model 3 should only support a 75-kWh battery, that figure was usable capacity, not maximum capacity, so be nice in the comments section. 😉

With all of this being said, we’ve obtained a PDF version of the EPA report that you can review for yourself. It has been embedded below. Is there anything important you can spot that we might have missed? Let us know in the comments section.

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