One unexpected (or expected) demographic that will absolutely love the Model 3 is the young adult/street racer/tuner/import crowd. Think Fast and Furious. Think SEMA (which will have an absolute field day with Model 3). Think 1994-2001 Acura Integra. In its time, the Integra was fuel efficient, high performing, highly customizable, and relatively affordable. It captured the imagination of a generation of car enthusiasts. A base Model 3 is RWD and has 0-60 of 5.6 seconds for $35k, about the same price (adjusted for inflation) as the Acura Integra GS-R Sedan. Once people start tinkering with aftermarket batteries and software hacks, drop the car, and throw on a big ugly spoiler, all bets are off. Combined with twice-as-efficient-as-Prius EPA rating, cheaper-than-gas refueling, 5-star crash safety rating, drive-me-home-when-drunk autonomous capability, mega-iPad touchscreen, and classic sport compact styling, Model 3 will be at the top of every high school and college student’s (and their parents’) wish list. This is the Acura Integra reborn.
1994 Acura Integra GS-R Sedan
- 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds
- $20,180 MSRP ($33,300 in 2017 dollars)
2017 Tesla Model 3
- 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds
- $35,000 MSRP
Interestingly, the 1994 Acura Legend LS Sedan had an MSRP of $41,100 which equals about $67,815 in 2017 dollars. Does that price point sound familiar?
The Type R returns this summer in the form of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. Estimated 0-60mph of 5.4 seconds (with summer performance tires) for the front wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission, premium gasoline car. MSRP $33,900. But even granny in a base Model 3 would give the Type R a run for its money at the stoplight especially when factoring in the 3’s instant torque (and lack of shifting) vs the R’s turbo lag (and need to switch into “Sport+” mode for the best launch). Plus, the Model 3 doesn’t scream “pull me over”.