Note: Even though the Tesla M3P is probably not included in your Luxury Matrix since it did not make the Top 3 in Price, the Model 3 P used for MotorTrend* both the Pre-Randy and Post-Randy times were not stock Model 3's. Tires and pads were admitted to. Customizing the tuning for a specific driver was also admitted to. None of that was done to the other cars in the test.
The Model 3 absolutely was included. Read the full article that the matrix came from. I posted it previously but I will link again below. Here are the highlights from the article:
- Tesla was the luxury vehicle story again in Q2 for shopping, consumer perception and sales.
- Tesla accounted for all of the gains in Q2 luxury registrations. Without Tesla, Q2 luxury sales would have fallen.
- Tesla Model 3 was the most-considered model by luxury shoppers in Q2 for the first time. Tesla Model S makes the Top 15 most-shopped models. The brand ranked sixth most-shopped luxury brand.
The Tesla Model 3 jumped to the No. 1 most-considered luxury model in Q2, up from No. 6 in Q1, according to Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch. For the first time, Tesla had two of its three models in the Top 15 most-shopped list. The Tesla Model S sedan ranked No. 8 on the most-shopped list; it was not in the Top 15 in Q1.
As you pointed out Tesla hired Randy Pobst as a tuning consultant for Track Mode. The "customized tuning for a specific driver" is what went into the next OTA update to track mode:
Less than a week after that test session, Randy's tuning expertise will be available to all. Today—November 8—Tesla expects this "Release Version" software to be accessible to owners of all Model 3 Performance cars (with the redundant-sounding Performance option, now standard). The combined wizardry of engineers in Fremont, California, and our own Randy Pobst is being beamed via over-the-air updates. All you have to do is find a track and push a button.
Just to review the numbers one more time, including the Model S
1:20.67 Camaro SS 1LE, R compound tires
1:21.49 Model 3P with 245 width Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Brembo pads
1:22.78 Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio (comparable tires to Pilot Sport Cups)
1:23.9 Model 3P stock (older track mode, Pilot Sport 4S tires)
1:27.0 i-Pace with 255/40R22 Pirelli P Zeros
1:28.0 2012 Model S P85 driven by Randy Pobst