Elon Musk promises dual-motor AWD and ‘more cowbells’ for the Model 3

Tesla Motors debuted the $35,000, 215-mile Model 3 on March 31, but the day before, brand CEO Elon Musk ramped down expectations a bit by saying the car would be unveiled in two parts. The second half of the reveal would be the “super next level,” the executive said, but because it would come at a future date, we weren’t going to get the full lowdown on the everyman EV until later.

In celebration of the Model 3’s unprecedented popularity — Tesla received 276,000 preorders by the end of April 2 — Musk held an impromptu Twitter AMA on April 3, during which he divulged a few more details about the entry-level electric. We already knew the base Model 3 would have a range of at least 215 miles and a 0 to 60 time of less than 6.0 seconds, but we weren’t sure what powertrain options would be available for more coin. Now we know.

“[The] Model 3 will be RWD, with dual-motor AWD optional,” the CEO explained. “Even RWD will have great traction on ice due to fast torque response of Tesla drivetrain.”

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 design sketches

Exact performance specs are still under wraps, but considering how much the Model S’ 0 to 60 mph time improves with the addition of a second motor, the range-topping Model 3’s acceleration could be very “Ludicrous” indeed. On the issue of luxury trimmings and high tech features, Musk kept it feverishly brief.

“And, of course, it will have more cowbells,” he said.

The Model 3 may be the king of the Internet for now, but considering it won’t be delivered to customers until the end of 2017 at the earliest, the Model S and Model X will serve as your main sources of on-road EV hi-jinks for the time being. The latest example? A Ludicrous-equipped Model S P90D racing a Boeing 737 in Australia. Check out the video here.

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