For the first time since it started taking reservations for its new “affordable” Model 3, Tesla has opened up the car’s configurator to the public. Anyone can now order a Model 3 without a reservation, provided that they pay a $2500 order fee. (We’ve included this fee in the price of the vehicle, because it’s not a deposit and it is nonrefundable once your order is matched with a vehicle in the build process.)
That means we now know how much the Model 3 costs with all the options-and “affordable” is kind of a stretch. The new Dual Motor Performance variant, which starts at $67,500, can be loaded up to $83,500, putting it in a similar price range as the BMW M3 with which Tesla chief Elon Musk says it competes. That price includes options such as $5000 for a Performance upgrade including 20-inch wheels and tires, upgraded brakes, and a 10-mph-higher, 155-mph top-speed limiter; $1500 for metallic paint (red and white are $1500, while gray, black, blue, and silver cost $1000 over the no-cost Solid Black); $1500 for white upholstery; $5000 for Enhanced Autopilot that brings additional driver-assist and active-safety features; and $3000 for so-called Full Self-Driving Capability that vaguely presents a future in which the Model 3 will be “capable of conducting trips with no action required by the person in the driver’s seat.”
Two other versions are also now available to order. The rear-wheel-drive Long Range model starts at $52,500, while the all-wheel-drive Dual Motor drivetrain adds $4000 to that. The configurator now estimates that the Standard Battery model, which was once said to start at $36,000 including destination (it’ll now likely be $38,500 including the order fee), will be available six to nine months from now.
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Those who order Model 3s now will also have to wait; paying the $2500 fee begins the ordering process, but Tesla estimates delivery wait times of two to four months for the Performance model and three to five months for the other Long Range versions.
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