2024 Tesla Model 3 Performance Revealed: Cheaper, Faster and More Features!

Matt Brand
April 24, 2024
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Tesla has unveiled the latest iteration of its Model 3 Performance for the 2025 model year, showcasing significant performance enhancements. The new model introduces a power increase with its dual electric motors now generating 380kW, up from the previous 358kW. This enhancement facilitates a quicker acceleration time from 0 to 100km/h, now just 3.1 seconds, improving by 0.2 seconds.

Complementing the power boost, the vehicle features upgraded brakes with larger calipers and rotors behind new 20-inch 'Warp' wheels fitted with Pirelli P Zero tires. For the first time, the Model 3 Performance is equipped with Koni adaptive suspension, a feature previously exclusive to the higher-end Model S Plaid.

Aesthetic modifications include a more aggressive front bumper, a rear diffuser, and a lip spoiler, distinctively setting it apart from the base model. The interior of the car has been refined with performance-specific enhancements such as sports seats, carbon fiber trim, and metal pedal covers. Drivers can now select from four modes, including an exclusive Track mode for race-track driving.

The steering setup remains the same controversial design with integrated indicator buttons. However, the model retains its robust infotainment system, featuring a 15.4-inch touchscreen along with a rear 8.0-inch screen for climate and entertainment controls.

The starting price for the 2025 Model 3 Performance in the US is set at $52,990 before on-road costs, reflecting a 10% increase from the Model 3 Long Range. Meanwhile, Australian buyers can anticipate a pricing range of $75,000 to $80,000 following recent price reductions across the Model 3 range.

The 2024 Model 3 Performance, set for release in Australia later this year, boasts not only a facelift but also a price reduction. Now priced from $80,900, this model is $2,500 cheaper than its predecessor. It features substantial upgrades including a new adaptive suspension system, a first for the Model 3 series.

Power upgrades are significant, with the new model’s motors producing up to 380kW, enabling a faster 0-100km/h time of 3.1 seconds. Tesla has also implemented design and functionality enhancements like new 'Warp' wheels with aerodynamic inserts and updated brake systems designed for improved performance and heat management.

Aesthetic changes to the exterior and interior underscore the vehicle’s performance capabilities, including unique front and rear styling and enhanced seating. These updates come alongside a slight decrease in driving range to 528km in European testing, due to more powerful drive units and slightly increased energy consumption.

In summary, Tesla's latest Model 3 Performance models for 2024 and 2025 bring significant enhancements in power, design, and functionality, paired with changes in pricing strategy to offer more value in key markets.

Matt Brand
Matt Brand, the esteemed car critic from Car Sauce, offers unparalleled expertise on all things automotive. From new car releases to pre-owned options, he provides in-depth analysis and honest evaluations to guide readers through the car-buying process. Join us as he delves into the exciting world of motoring.

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