One of the most intriguing reviews from season 27 of Top Gear featured Chris Harris, the Tesla Model 3 Performance, and three of the market’s finest European sports sedans.
The review kicked off with a drag race between the all-electric Tesla, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S, an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and a BMW M3. To ensure the race was as competitive as possible, it was held over half a mile (804 meters) as opposed to a normal quarter-mile.
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Unsurprisingly, the Tesla Model 3 Performance powered off the line at frightening speed and easily out-sprinted its combustion-engined rivals to 100 mph (160 km/h). Slowly, though, the C 63 S, Giulia Quadrifoglio, and M3 started to close in on the Tesla as they passed 130 mph (209 km/h). The Mercedes managed to overtake the Model 3 just before the finish line, but the EV did beat out the Alfa Romeo and BMW.
For the second test, the Top Gear crew set up a tight and twisty handling circuit to see if the Tesla could beat the potent Alfa Romeo in the handling department. According to Harris, the Giulia is beautifully sharp and a joy to drive through the corners. By comparison, the Tesla rolls more through the corners, feels lazier, and isn’t as controlled as the Italian sedan. Nevertheless, it managed to beat the Alfa Romeo, primarily because of its ability to launch out of corners with so much speed.