First released in 2017, the Tesla Model 3 quickly became the one of most popular vehicles Tesla had ever created. In the past, Tesla offered a Performance variant of the Model 3 that looked almost identical to the regular version. However, this time, in 2024, Tesla has finally created the ultimate Model 3—faster, more efficient, and with a distinctive look that truly stands out.

So, should you upgrade to the new Tesla Model 3 Performance? Let’s dive in.

tesla model 3 performance

DRIVING & HANDLING

First, let’s talk about ride quality. Climbing into the Tesla Model 3 Performance, you immediately notice the improvements. Tesla has not only maintained the fast acceleration Tesla is known for but has also refined the driving experience. The Tesla Model 3 Performance hits 0-60 mph in a blistering 2.9 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the previous Model 3 Performance. This is thanks to an updated drive unit that delivers more torque and power, with a rear-wheel drive bias for maximum traction.

The updated Model 3 Highland already improved ride handling significantly. The Performance variant takes it a step further with adaptive damping that adjusts ride comfort based on the mode you select: Standard, Sport, or Track mode. Whether you’re cruising or carving canyons, the suspension adjusts to provide the perfect balance of comfort and performance.

Despite being a performance car with 20-inch wheels and special Pirelli P Zero tires for enhanced traction and efficiency, the Tesla Model 3 Performance offers a surprisingly smooth and quiet ride. Even with the performance-oriented tires, road noise is kept to a minimum, making it a great daily driver.



WHEELS

Stepping outside, you’ll notice the stunning new wheels with aero covers that add to the car’s efficiency while looking sleek. Beneath these covers, the rims feature red-painted performance brake calipers. The Tesla Model 3 Performance model sits slightly lower than the Model 3 Long Range, enhancing its sporty stance.

Tesla has also distinguished the Performance model with unique front and rear bumpers, a front splitter, a rear diffuser, and a carbon fiber spoiler—all designed to improve aerodynamics and give the car a distinctive look. And let’s not forget the eye-catching ultra red paint.

 

tesla model 3 performance tires

INTERIOR

Inside, the seats are brand new, designed specifically for the Performance model with enhanced bolstering and a Performance Ludicrous logo. These seats are not only stylish but also incredibly comfortable, offering 12-way power adjustments, heating, and cooling. At 6’3″, I find the thigh support and shoulder room more than adequate.

 

The interior also features carbon fiber accents, setting it apart from the regular models. For those who take their cars to the track, the new Track Mode V3 offers a plethora of data and configuration options, making the Tesla Model 3 Performance a true driver’s car.

tesla model 3 performance seats

PRICE

Here’s the kicker: the Tesla Model 3 Performance is actually cheaper than the Model 3 Long Range by around $300 (as of 6/1/24 where the base price Model 3 performance iis $54,990), if you qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit. However, here’s the catch. The price of the Model 3 Performance cannot exceed the $55,000 price cap in 2024. This means that if you upgrade to a white interior or upgraded paint color, it will not qualify. 

Otherwise, It seems like a no-brainer, right? But let’s consider the practical aspects.

While the Tesla Model 3 Performance is fantastic in every way, there are a few trade-offs. Performance tires wear out faster, and you might find yourself replacing them more often. Insurance rates are higher due to the performance branding, and the Model 3 Performance range is slightly less at 303 miles, compared to the Long Range’s 341 miles. Additionally, the lower stance increases the risk of bumper damage.

tesla model 3 performance ludicrous badge

CONCLUSION - IS IT WORTH IT?

In the end, the choice is yours. The Tesla Model 3 Performance offers an exhilarating driving experience, unmatched style, and impressive efficiency. While there are a few practical considerations, the joy of driving this car might just outweigh them.

Don’t forget to check out my Youtube video version of the Tesla Model 3 Performance. Thanks for joining me on this ride, and see you next time!

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