Tesla's much-anticipated 2024 Model 3 'Highland' Performance is now in production, setting the stage for its debut in showrooms soon. Slated for a mid-year launch, this updated version is expect to bring upgrades to the performance, exterior and interior.
Insider sources from Tesla, including Teslascope – a renowned account on X (formerly Twitter) known for reliable Tesla leaks – have shared that the initial production of the revamped Model 3 began early December in the United States. The mass production is expected to increase before the end of March 2024, aligning with Tesla's plans for a release in the first half of the year. This schedule has electric vehicle enthusiasts in Australia buzzing with anticipation.
Power and Performance Boosts
The 2024 Model 3 Performance is set to receive a power boost while retaining a dual electric motor and all-wheel-drive setup. This contrasts with the tri-motor arrangement found in the Model S Plaid.
Leaked government certification documents indicate an increased power output from the previous 393kW.
This will almost certainly result in faster acceleration times, with a 0 to 100 km/h time of well below 3 seconds expected. For reference, the outgoing Model 3 Performance hits the 100 km/h mark in 3.3 seconds.
2024 Tesla Model 3 Key Specs
Interior Upgrades: A Sleeker, Sportier Look
Inside, the 2024 Model 3 Performance will sport unique sports bucket seats. This marks a significant departure from the standard seat design across earlier Model 3 variants.
These new seats, first hinted at by Hacker Green on X, come with enhanced side bolsters and headrests, giving the car a more assertive and sporty look.
It's a first for Tesla's high-performance Model 3, which has primarily focused on enhancing powertrain, suspension, and brakes in the past.
Possible 'Ludicrous' Badge and Sporty Additions
There's also speculation about a possible 'Ludicrous' badge, taking inspiration from the famous Model S Ludicrous Mode.
It's expected to be accompanied by enhanced brakes, suspension, and unique wheel designs, including 20-inch 'Warp' alloy wheels and an eye-catching 19-inch option.
The sporty theme extends to new "sport" brake calipers, pads, springs, and a carbon-fibre rear lip spoiler.
Australia Launch Date
While Tesla hasn't officially confirmed these upgrades, European customers have noted delays in delivery, indicating a potential unveil soon.
The new Model 3 Performance is expected to arrive in Australia between January and March 2024.
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