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Published on August 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla Model 3 Is “Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum” … “Drives Like A Porsche”

August 23rd, 2017 by  

In a recent EV Annex article, I discovered a Jason Calacanis, who Wikipedia tells me is an Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, author and blogger. I should have known he had the blogger force in him — he nailed the headline above for me.

The rich Internet dude apparently has a few Teslas in his stable (well, every model) and had the right connections to get an early Tesla Model 3.

Despite already having plenty of experience with Tesla’s other awesome vehicles, Jason seems ecstatic about his Model 3. It seems the topic came up at the end of a CNBC Squawk Alley interview about other things. He first called the Model 3 “yum yum,” but then corrected himself and said it was a “yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.” He added that it “drives like a Porsche and it costs the same price as a Prius.”

Future generations may ask, “What’s a Prius?”

When Kyle and I spent a couple of hours filming and photographing the Model 3 on its first unveiling night, we and others kept bringing up the Porsche name. It certainly looked a bit like a futuristic Porsche to us. It looked like it also drove in a mighty fun way, but we’ve yet to get behind the wheel of one. Young Jason Calacanis may be biased, but his word that his Model 3 drives like a Porsche matches our expectations.

Jason also took a moment to slam Tesla naysayers, which is rather easy to do these days. Tesla Model 3 has arrived. It’s probably better than most of us presume.

One of the hosts brings up one of the key anti-Tesla talking points being tossed around right now — service. Naturally, a dramatic rise in demand means pressure on your service network, and scaling up service to quickly means burning cash you need for other things, but Jason answers wisely and with a smile on his face: “If you can make a product this good, you can solve the service problem.”

Ah, but assuming that removes one of the remaining things naysayers and shorts can hang onto. No fair.

Jason’s last lines on Tesla’s loud critics from the early Roadster days to today are also brilliant, and then he hammers home the critical importance for humanity for a final exclamation mark: “Betting against Elon Musk is betting against the future of humanity. It is an incredibly stupid thing to do.”

Anyway, just think for a moment: What looks like a futuristic Porsche or Aston Martin after its dad mated with a Tesla also happens to drive like a Teslafied Porsche and cost as much as a Prius. Sorry, but I stand by what I kept saying on the night of March 31 — Big Auto boardrooms must be full of tears.


  1. Honestly, What Can Automakers Do About Tesla Model 3 & Model Y?
  2. What Goes On In The Minds Of Auto Execs?
  3. What Now, Tesla Naysayers?
  4. How Far Behind Tesla Is Big Auto? How Long Till It Catches Up?
  5. 700,000 Tesla Model 3 Sales Per Year — Optimistic? Pessimistic? Spot On The Money?
  6. Tesla Model 3 vs 22 Competitors — The Straight Specs
  7. Will Tesla Model 3 Become Top-Selling Car In USA? #2? #3? #5?
  8. 1–2 Million Tesla Model Y & Model 3 Per Year? Stop Smoking Crack
  9. Tesla Drastically Underestimated Model S & X Demand (Financials Flashback)
  10. Is Tesla Model 3 The Next Toyota Camry?
  11. Tesla Model 3 Cost Comparable To Toyota Prius Cost In California (With Incentives)
  12. Tesla Model 3 vs 22 Competitors (The Straight Specs)
  13. Tesla Model 3 vs Electric Competitors (The Straight Specs)



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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in NIO [NIO], Tesla [TSLA], and Xpeng [XPEV]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.

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