Tesla Model 3 slays Dodge Hellcat and Mercedes CLS 53 in drag race

Teslas are really quick cars, with even the company’s non-Performance vehicles proving formidable in a straight line. This was proven recently when a Model 3 Dual Motor AWD took on two powerful gas-powered vehicles in a classic drag race: a Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG and a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Fortunately for the Tesla Model 3, it had the edge in terms of its tech. The Fast Lane Car, the group that held the test, checked the vehicle’s performance before the electric sedan received an over-the-air update that increased its peak power by 5%. Considering that the acceleration tests were conducted about a mile above sea level, Model 3 AWD’s 0-60 mph times of 4.66 seconds and 4.59 seconds were pretty close to Tesla’s listed 4.5-second time for the vehicle.

Once the software update was complete, the group tested the Model 3 AWD’s acceleration once more. Just as mentioned by Elon Musk, the Peak Power Increase did improve the electric sedan’s acceleration. After the recent update, the Model 3 AWD immediately improved its acceleration, performing 0-60 mph runs in 4.45 and 4.42 seconds.

The Tesla Model 3 AWD needed all the power it could get to topple its two challengers, a Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 and a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The CLS 53 is nothing to scoff at, with its turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 429 hp. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, on the other hand, is pretty much the quintessential muscle car, with its roaring  6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces an overwhelming 707 hp. In comparison, the non-Performance Model 3 Dual Motor AWD has 367 hp.

Despite lacking in some horsepower compared to its gas-powered competition, the Model 3 put up a good fight, and then some. The electric sedan battled the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 in a straight-line drag race, and it immediately made quick work of the German-made sedan. The Dodge Hellcat fared much better, but the Model 3’s instant torque proved enough to overtake the iconic muscle car. At the end of the test, both the CLS 53 and the Hellcat had to bow down to the Model 3.

What is notable is that the Model 3 AWD is not even the fastest version of the electric sedan. That title goes to the Model 3 Performance, which can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. With its over-the-air peak power increase, the Model 3 Performance actually proved enough to topple a Ferarri 458 in a 1/8-mile race.

Watch The Fast Lane Car’s test of the Model 3 AWD in the video below.

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Tesla Model 3 slays Dodge Hellcat and Mercedes CLS 53 in drag race

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Kia Habaniro concept to spice up the New York auto show

It appears Kia’s surprise debut for the 2019 New York International Auto Show has been spoiled. The South Korean brand plans to show off the Habaniro concept at the upcoming show and a photo has dropped ahead of time.

The sole low-quality image of the Habaniro comes from a New York show newsletter sent via email. Either Kia purposefully wanted to create some buzz, or it was a major slip-up. Nonetheless, the photo doesn’t reveal the entire concept car, just the front fascia and side profile. The front foregoes Kia’s tiger nose grille in favor of a rugged fascia with a zig-zagging stream of LED lights. There’s also a decorative skid plate at the bottom of the fascia.

It’s hard to tell, but the concept may also feature slim lights just below the hood, too. Breaking up the silver-gray exterior color is a darker gray that runs from the rugged front bumper into the lower side panel. Out back, a bright splash of red streaks across the C-pillar.

One other note from what we see: the Habaniro doesn’t feature side mirrors, which could hint there’s a camera-based system on board. Otherwise, standard concept car wheels and tries are present.

We can’t quite tell if this is an SUV or not, but there’s likely to be some relation to Kia’s Niro. The play on the word “Habanero” links the concept with the Niro, which is an SUV that offers both hybrid and battery-electric options.

What the car could preview for the U.S. market is unclear since we know Kia will show another concept car that previews a mid-size SUV planned for global markets as well.

We’ll have all the details soon as the New York auto show starts April 17. For more coverage, head to our dedicated hub.

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Tesla holdout purchases Model X after witnessing SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch

For the longest time, Billy Hurin knew that his son’s electric car from Tesla was an excellent vehicle. His son, Chad Hurin, runs Frunk Yea, a Tesla rental service with operations in Southern California and Florida. For years, Chad had been trying to get his dad to buy a Tesla for himself, but the man remained a holdout. He loved the cars, but he was just not ready to commit yet.

Things changed when Billy joined his son on a recent trip to Launch Complex 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL to see the first commercial launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. After witnessing the awe-inspiring flight of the rocket and the synchronized landing of its two side boosters, the longtime Tesla holdout decided that the time was finally right. In a shuttle back from the event, Billy went over to Tesla’s website and ordered a white Model X 100D with white interior and six seats.

In a comment to Teslarati, Chad Hurin noted that it was the entire experience that really sealed the deal for his dad. Apart from the awe inspired by the massive rocket’s launch, the electric car rental service owner stated that his dad’s firsthand interactions with members of the Tesla community may have influenced his decision to purchase a Model X. The Tesla community is a close-knit group, and this was particularly true for owners who attended the Falcon Heavy launch.

Tesla owners were invited to the SpaceX event as a reward from the company’s previous referral programs. The Falcon Heavy launch invitation was one of the “secret levels” offered by Tesla, and it involved having an owner inviting a guest of their choosing to witness the historic Falcon Heavy flight. Chad Hurin was among these owners, and so were other active Tesla community members. A number of social media influencers were at the event as well.

Perhaps what is quite remarkable with Billy Hurin’s story is proof that Elon Musk’s private space firm and his electric car company could work together to inspire people. The now-Model X owner always knew that Teslas were great cars, but it took an experience with SpaceX that ultimately encouraged him to pull the trigger. Poking fun at the circumstances, Chad joked that after failing for years, he might have found the perfect way to sell Teslas. “I guess we’re not good enough salesmen. We’ve literally tried to tell him what’s up for the past 2 yrs. How to close deals on Tesla: Invite them to (a) SpaceX launch,” he wrote.

What is rather interesting is that both SpaceX and Tesla are companies that Elon Musk founded with a larger mission in mind. SpaceX exists to make it possible for humans to be a multiplanetary species. Tesla exists to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. While both companies are still taking the first steps towards their respective goals, they are already, even at their current state, establishments that truly inspire people.

Tesla holdout purchases Model X after witnessing SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch

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