2024 Tesla Model 3 Performance Facelift: New Name and Enhanced Specs Expected

Matt Brand
October 21, 2023

The anticipated successor to Tesla's Model 3 Performance is set to inherit some features from its Model S counterpart, with possible visual changes and a power surge.

A Dutch document hinted at a new Performance variant, potentially showcasing a power increase from the dual electric motors.

A recent discovery by X (previously known as Twitter) user, The Kilowatts, shows an updated parts catalog for the Model 3. It reveals a badge hinting at the name 'Ludicrous', complemented by upgraded brakes, suspension, and wheel designs.

Although some speculated about the name 'Plaid', the 'Ludicrous' badge, reminiscent of a scene from the 1987 film "Spaceballs", seems more plausible.

This ties in with Tesla's history, where the Model S had a "Ludicrous Mode" for rapid acceleration.

The same Dutch document confirms the revamped Performance model will maintain its dual electric motor configuration, differentiating it from the three-motor Model S Plaid.

Buzz from China indicates the new version might witness a power bump from its predecessor, which boasted a 393kW output.

While it might retain the "Performance" title, the 'Ludicrous' badge could replace the current red underline found on the Dual Motor badge.

Further catalog details showcase a new 20-inch alloy wheel design, available in both black or silver, possibly named 'Warp'. Additionally, a 19-inch black and silver wheel design different from the already introduced 'Nova' alloy is mentioned.

The Model 3 Performance has historically featured 20-inch alloys like the 'Uberturbine'. The catalog also lists new "sport" brake calipers, pads, springs, and a carbon-fibre rear lip spoiler from leaks in China.

While Tesla hasn't confirmed the revamped Model 3 Performance, its launch seems to be pushed back. European customers, who ordered the car prior to its update, have seen their estimated delivery dates shifted from late 2023 to mid-2024.

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Matt Brand
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