Tesla Model 3's Upcoming Plaid: Sport Seats and a 'Ludicrous' Power Boost?

Matt Brand
October 27, 2023

Tesla's Model 3, a top-selling electric car, has always featured a consistent front seat design across all trim levels. However, recent findings suggest a change on the horizon. A software code digger, Hacker Green, unveiled a "Sport" version on X (previously Twitter) that showcases a more assertive seating design. These seats seem to have enhanced side bolsters and headrests compared to the standard ones.

It remains uncertain whether this "Sport" interior will be exclusive to the unrevealed high-performance Model 3 or if it will extend to the budget-friendly RWD and Long Range versions.

If these revamped seats are reserved for the high-performance Model 3, it will be a first-time interior modification for this variant. Historically, Tesla's upgrades for its sportier sedan have been centered around powertrain, suspension, and brakes.

To date, Tesla has only introduced the updated single-motor Model 3 RWD and the dual-motor all-wheel drive Long Range. Both are slated for an Australian release between January and March 2024.

Adding to the intrigue, a prior discovery by The Kilowatts on X hinted at a 'Ludicrous' badge for the Model 3, accompanied by enhanced brakes, suspension, and wheel designs. This aligns with Tesla's past, as the Model S once boasted a "Ludicrous Mode" for swift acceleration.

A Dutch document also alluded to the revamped Performance model retaining its dual electric motor setup, setting it apart from the three-motor Model S Plaid.

There's chatter about a potential power increase from the earlier 393kW output.

The Model 3 Performance might still bear its title, but the 'Ludicrous' badge could take over the existing red underline on the Dual Motor badge.

Catalog leaks suggest new 20-inch alloy wheels, possibly named 'Warp', and a distinct 19-inch wheel design.

Historically, the Model 3 Performance has sported 20-inch alloys like 'Uberturbine'. The catalog also hints at new "sport" brake calipers, pads, springs, and a carbon-fibre rear lip spoiler.

Although Tesla remains tight-lipped about the updated Model 3 Performance, its debut might be delayed. European customers have reported delivery date shifts from late 2023 to mid-2024 for pre-update orders.

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Matt Brand
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