Published on April 24th, 2024 | by Subhash Nair


New Tesla Model 3 Performance Revealed – 0-100km/h In 3.1 Seconds

The facelifted Tesla Model 3 Performance brings loads of enhancements over the last one.

Malaysia was one of the first markets to get the facelifted Tesla Model 3 and we got it in 2 trim levels, the basic rear-wheel drive version and the long-range rear-wheel drive version. BYD responded with the Seal in Premium Extended Range and Performance guise, leaving the Tesla Model 3 in the dust with its 0-100km/h acceleration time of just 3.8 seconds.

Model 3 Performance side profile

Now the facelift Model 3 Performance has been revealed and it’s here to reclaim the top spot. It has a 0-100km/h time of 3.1 seconds (China spec). Total output is 510hp and 740Nm of torque in the US, but the Chinese made model comes with different battery chemistry and has a slightly lower output and acceleration performance. Here’s a list of other changes made over the standard Model 3 and the previous Model 3 Performance.

Performance-Tuned Chassis Upgrades

  • Adaptive dampers with hollow damper piston rods for improved stiffness and reduced mass
  • Multi-sectioned stabilizer bar
  • Ultra-high strength steel springs
  • Stiffer suspension top mounts

Most Powerful Model 3 Yet

  • Next-gen Performance 4DU unlocks up to 22% more continuous power, 32% more peak power, and 16% more peak torque
  • 2% reduction in energy consumption compared to previous Model 3 Performance

Improved Tyres and Wheels

  • Forged 20″ staggered wheels with Pirelli P ZERO 4 performance tyres
  • Larger rear tyres optimize traction and reduce stability control interventions
  • Lower rolling resistance increases range

Advanced Vehicle Dynamics and Braking

  • Rear-biased torque split maximizes traction out of corners
  • Standard track-ready brake pads for improved deceleration and thermal performance
  • Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Controller (VDC) regulates torque hundreds of times per second

All-New Adaptive Damping

  • Real-time damping adjustments optimize ride and handling
  • Three preset modes: Standard, Sport, and Track for different driving situations
  • Fully integrated chassis sub-system allows future adaptability via OTA updates

Enhanced Track Mode V3

  • Unified system integrating motor, suspension, cooling, and VDC controls
  • Re-calibrated handling, stability assist, regen braking, and ABS for track environments
  • Revised UI with more vehicle data and control

Aerodynamic Design Upgrades

  • New front/rear fascias, spoiler, splitter, and diffuser improve airflow
  • Up to 5% reduced drag, 36% lift reduction, 55% better front-rear lift balance

Upgraded Sport Seats and Interior

  • New bolstered Sport seats with deeper seating position
  • 12-way power seats with heating/ventilation
  • Improved NVH treatment and acoustic glass for a quieter cabin

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