We know from the Model S that Tesla underquotes the performance of its cars. Heck, we’ve seen a Model S P100D with Ludicrous Plus mode hit 60 mph in a mindboggling 2.389 seconds.

So with Tesla stating at the Model 3’s launch last summer that the small electric sedan will do 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, we’ve been keen to discover the accuracy of the figure. Now we know.

Using a VBOX data logger and a Model 3 fitted with rear-wheel drive, the 75-kilowatt-hour Long Range battery, plus the Premium Upgrade Package, the folks at DragTimes recorded a 0-60 mph time of 4.66 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 13.3 seconds at 103 mph. The numbers are similar to a Mercedes-AMG C43.

2017 Tesla Model 3, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

2017 Tesla Model 3, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

But it's made more incredible when you consider the times should drop further once the Model 3 has the extra traction of a dual-motor all-wheel-drive option coming later this year. Tesla is also planning a proper performance model that will likely see the Model 3 join the Model S in the sub 3.0-second club for 0-60 acceleration.

The Model 3 with the Long Range battery ($9,000) and Premium Upgrade Package ($5,000) is the only version in production right now, and it starts at $49,000. Tesla hasn’t revealed a power rating but the EPA rates the car at 258 horsepower. The EPA also rates the range at 310 miles.

Tesla is expected to start production of a 50-kwh Model 3 this spring. This is the model with the much heralded $35,000 starting price. It will deliver an EPA-estimated range of 220 miles.