Tesla Model 3 Performance NI Road Test

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We review the £60k Tesla Model 3 Performance, and bring along Mark McCall from the EV Association NI (EVANI).  Dual motor all wheel drive, producing around 450bhp and sprinting to 60 in 3.1s in silence.

The review turns to long form conversation as Mark and Andy wax lyrical on EV Ownership in general in NI, and the Tesla Model 3 in particular, Mark being a prior Model 3 owner.

Want to know more about EV ownership in Northern Ireland?  Listen to Andy’s interview with Mark on the Sold as Seen Podcast.

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About Author

Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

RMS Forum Comments

EVANI replied at 11:26, Wed 02 Feb, 2022
Thanks Andy, great to chat and enjoyed the drive around Co Down in the Performance Model 3. M.
Nigelo replied at 12:48, Thu 03 Feb, 2022
I'm seriously considering one for my next car, but it's kind of off-putting as a private customer rather than a business owner due to the differences in tax allowances etc. What's the best way as a private customer to buy one? Am I missing any tricks?
gary1365 replied at 12:58, Thu 03 Feb, 2022
| I'm seriously considering one for my next car, but it's kind of off-putting as a private customer rather than a business owner due to the differences in tax allowances etc. What's the best way as a private customer to buy one? Am I missing any tricks?
@Rocko
Cooper replied at 12:58, Thu 03 Feb, 2022
| I'm seriously considering one for my next car, but it's kind of off-putting as a private customer rather than a business owner due to the differences in tax allowances etc. What's the best way as a private customer to buy one? Am I missing any tricks?
Your options are - buy/PCP direct from tesla, or try and find a decent lease from the usual PCH suppliers. Price also seems to be 'the price'. That being said they do come fully loaded and residuals are good, as I said in the vid, if you were planning to keep long term, perhaps buying out right isn't the worst. But with any EV at the moment don't be expecting to save piles of cash, they are expensive up front!
Rocko replied at 12:59, Thu 03 Feb, 2022
| I'm seriously considering one for my next car, but it's kind of off-putting as a private customer rather than a business owner due to the differences in tax allowances etc. What's the best way as a private customer to buy one? Am I missing any tricks?
Bend over. Especially for a Performance. If you want to go the lease route, give Paddy @ Carmercial in Bangor a call. He sorted mine out. https://www.carmercial-leasing.com/contact-us/
Nigelo replied at 13:57, Thu 03 Feb, 2022
| Your options are - buy/PCP direct from tesla, or try and find a decent lease from the usual PCH suppliers. Price also seems to be 'the price'. That being said they do come fully loaded and residuals are good, as I said in the vid, if you were planning to keep long term, perhaps buying out right isn't the worst. But with any EV at the moment don't be expecting to save piles of cash, they are expensive up front!
| Bend over. Especially for a Performance. If you want to go the lease route, give Paddy @ Carmercial in Bangor a call. He sorted mine out. https://www.carmercial-leasing.com/contact-us/
usually I would like to purchase (as you said, residuals are good, and I like to modify), although the pace of technology might mean it's been rendered 'old hat' in 4 years. M4 is due it's 'pay up or return' time in November, which will end up being me buying and selling to make the most of the lowish final payment. That coupled with the selling up of parts and some car saving up should mean I've a chunky deposit. Maybe a 2/3 year lease is the safe option, what ball park figure are we talking for 8K miles a year @Rocko ? Can keep it general to protect your privacy. :-D
Rocko replied at 14:05, Thu 03 Feb, 2022
| Maybe a 2/3 year lease is the safe option, what ball park figure are we talking for 8K miles a year @Rocko ? Can keep it general to protect your privacy. :-D
Give or take a few quid... 348612
Nigelo replied at 10:55, Fri 04 Feb, 2022
Hmmmm, will have to do some man-maths. My M4 was £10k down, £500 a month (plus near £50 tax, £80 warranty and fuel per month.) so it wouldnt be about savings, more about whether I liked the car more than the M4.... that might not work out in the teslas favour.....
Cooper replied at 11:03, Fri 04 Feb, 2022
| Hmmmm, will have to do some man-maths. My M4 was £10k down, £500 a month (plus near £50 tax, £80 warranty and fuel per month.) so it wouldnt be about savings, more about whether I liked the car more than the M4.... that might not work out in the teslas favour.....
Drive an M3P first and come back to us!
Kerzo replied at 11:12, Fri 04 Feb, 2022
| Give or take a few quid... 348612
Those figures are eyewatering, if you could buy it outright you'd be well up after 3 years I'd imagine? I guess there's going to be a lot more Model 3s on the road at that point though.