Tesla Model 3 Performance Price = 50% of BMW M3 Price in China

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If the BMW 3 Series seems to be in trouble in the US due to the Tesla Model 3, it appears it might have a much bigger problem in China. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range is already at the top of the price range of a BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and lower-trim options should eventually arrive to compete with those models’ lower-trim options.

Additionally, at the highest end, the Tesla Model 3 Performance crushes the prices of the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 — as in, it’s approximately half the price of those premium-class competitors.

Don’t let the prices fool you, though — the Tesla Model 3 offers superior performance. As our friend Vincent, who shared all of this info with us, points out, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is even quicker than the BMW M4.

As Vincent shares, the prices of midsize luxury sedans in China (in USD) are as follows:

  • Audi A4 — $43,000–60,000
  • BMW 3 Series — $42,000–72,000
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class — $46,000–72,000
  • Tesla Model 3 Long Range — $72,000

As far as the performance versions, you get:

  • BMW M3 — $162,000
  • BMW M4 — $184,000
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 — $173,623
  • Tesla Model 3 Performance — $81,160

Here are the original tweets about these comparisons:

In addition to those comparisons, Vincent highlighted that prices for the Tesla Model S and Model X dropped notably in the past week:

Taking into account huge fuel and operational savings from driving a Tesla Model 3 rather than a BMW or a Mercedes, as well as the many extra benefits of an electric car and especially a Tesla, I have to agree with Vincent’s comment that “I can’t find a reason to buy BMW … sorry, just can’t.” However, same goes for Mercedes, Audi, etc.

Expect a good first quarter for Tesla in China.

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Images via Tesla


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