Tesla Model 3 Performance makes a comeback

After a brief absence since the launch of the updated Tesla Model 3 Highland, the sporty Performance model is now back and better than ever, thanks to a new motor, improved aerodynamics, and better suspension. And the price is quite reasonable, too.

The facelifted Tesla Model 3 range is now complete. After initially launching the Model 3 RWD and Long Range AWD in September 2023, the Performance model is finally back and ready to order immediately. It gains the same improvements as the rest of the range, including the new face, but adds a sporty twist.

Thanks to a new nose and aero elements, the new Tesla Model 3 Performance achieves less drag and lift, while the new motor increases efficiency even more /Tesla

New rear motor

To begin with, a new rear motor was fitted, which Tesla calls the ‘Performance 4DU’. It delivers 22% more continuous power, 32% more peak power, and 16% more peak torque while consuming about 2% less energy. The total power is limited to 460 hp in Europe, however, but that still allows for a 0-100 km/hour sprint in 3.1 seconds, for a top speed of 262 km/hour. The WLTP range is 528 km.

To increase corner performance, the new Tesla Model 3 Performance gains forged and staggered 20-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, track-ready brake pads, and new adaptive dampers, which can be controlled via preset driving modes: Standard, Sport, and Track.

On the inside of the new Model 3 Performance, drivers can enjoy new sports seats and adaptive dampers for more comfort on the road and more control on the track /Tesla

Speaking of Track Mode, the updated Model 3 Performance gets the newest V3 version of this function to improve responsiveness and stability control.

Lower drag, more downforce

In terms of design, apart from the new wheels, the Tesla Model 3 Performance for 2024 gets a new front splitter, rear diffuser, and a more prominent spoiler on the trunk lid to reduce lift by 36% compared to the pre-Highland version. Drag is also reduced by 5%. On the inside, there are new sports seats that offer more support, but they still feature heating and ventilation.

The new Tesla Model 3 Performance is available to order now, with deliveries starting in May-June 2024. Thanks to recently-cut pricing, it is also more affordable than before: from €56,970 in Belgium, compared to €49,970 for the Long Range AWD and €41,970 for the entry-level Model 3 RWD.


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