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Is it me or does the model 3 has tighter tuning ratio

May 1, 2013
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320
Millington, NJ
I have been driving sporty cars all my life and never had a rear wheel touch the curb when making sharp turns. Now with the model 3 it had happened twice already, lucky didn't do any damage, only the tire rubbed against the curb. It kinda feels like the car is much longer than my other cars, 335xi and 3000gt VR4.

Got to get used to make wider turns.
 

Kermee

It's Not Easy Being Green
Jul 31, 2018
507
760
WA, BC & HKG
The longer wheelbase took me a while to get use to coming from an '08 Lexus IS250 AWD on making U-Turns and such. 6 inch longer wheelbase on the Model 3.
 

longshot49

Member
Sep 14, 2018
139
126
Montreal
It's 113 which is the same as the mercedes E series and between the sizes of the BMW 4 series and 5 series. I have curb rash to prove it o_O

I think it was my first week of ownership. Easiest right hand turn ever (90 o) - cars in the opposite lane so I figure i'll do a "short" turn and not take it wide trajectory.... ERRRRR... I hit the curb with the rear right wheel....

I feel your pain.
 
Sep 6, 2017
12
6
CA
In additional to the long wheel base, you also sit closer to the front wheels in a Model 3 since the "engine" bay is shorter than other sports sedens.
 

Thp3

Member
Aug 21, 2017
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515
Michigan
Yeah, I wish I’d read this thread a few days ago. The turning characteristics are very different than other cars I’m used to. Sadly, some curb rash in my learning curve. Wide turns are now my standard.
 

Remonster

Member
Jul 10, 2018
117
91
San Jose
I have been driving sporty cars all my life and never had a rear wheel touch the curb when making sharp turns. Now with the model 3 it had happened twice already, lucky didn't do any damage, only the tire rubbed against the curb. It kinda feels like the car is much longer than my other cars, 335xi and 3000gt VR4.

Got to get used to make wider turns.

The 5 link suspension in the Model 3 allowed the engineers to set the rear wheels up for passive steering when you really rail into a turn. Essentially, your car has 4 wheel steering that only gets stronger as you get more body roll.
 
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