Then again, this is Tesla we’re talking about so expect some delays

An all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 has been in the cards for some time. We all know it’s coming; we just don’t know when it’s coming. Turns out, it could arrive sooner than we thought because Tesla appears to be rolling out the dual-motor all-wheel drive Model 3 as early as the Spring of 2018. Unless your calendars are acting up, the dual-motor Model 3 could arrive as early as March 2018 or as late as June 2018.

An AWD Version of the Tesla Model 3 Could Break Cover in Spring 2018
- image 762981

The current timetable for the all-wheel drive Model 3 is intriguing. Spring 2018 is just around the corner so it could really happen anytime. Then again, we’ve seen this song-and-dance from Tesla before. It’s usually accompanied by delay announcements, so I’m taking the current schedule with a grain of salt.

An AWD Version of the Tesla Model 3 Could Break Cover in Spring 2018
- image 762980

Then again, that doesn’t mean that we’re not seeing a dual-motor Model 3. It’s still happening because Tesla appears to have leaked it in its online configurator for the Model 3. It’s still available by invite, but those who were able to play around with it found a dual motor option listed just below the standard rear-wheel drive drivetrain. That same option is accompanied by a note saying that it’s arriving in “Spring ’18.”

If you need more proof, another image shows a Model 3 with two motors, one on the front axle and another on the rear axle. According to a Reddit user, the image was found in the HTML code of Tesla’s recently updated configurator.

Franz showing off the Model 3

Posted by Tesla Owners Los Angeles on Friday, January 19, 2018

Take these pieces of evidence however you like, but it’s looking more likely that a dual-motor Tesla Model 3 is arriving sooner than we expected. That doesn’t mean that it’s arriving on schedule, though, because production delays are common occurrences for Tesla. Even if it doesn’t meet its target, it wouldn’t be too bad to get a delay. The important thing is that a dual-motor Model 3 is coming.

Editor’s Note: There has also been what some are saying to be a "performance version" of the Model 3 spotted somewhere in California as posted by TeslaOwnersLA and it was also found that Tesla has registered 19 dual-motor VINs in recent days as shown in the social embeds above

References

Tesla Model 3

2018 Tesla Model 3 High Resolution Exterior
- image 727971

Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.

AUTOMAKER LOGOS - DO NOT DELETE
- image 746180

Read more Tesla news.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
About the author
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: