This is the 2024 Tesla Model 3 Performance Before You're Meant To See It

Matt Brand
February 19, 2024
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The forthcoming release of the Tesla Model 3 Performance, currently shrouded in secrecy and sporting a camouflage wrap, has been the subject of recent online buzz. This excitement stems from leaked photos showcasing a prototype version of what is dubbed the 'Highland' project, seen recharging in Santa Monica, California. These images not only provide a glimpse into Tesla's latest iteration of its Model 3 lineup but also hint at significant upgrades and design tweaks that are bound to captivate Tesla aficionados and car enthusiasts alike.

Image Credit: U/Pristine_Floor7545 via Reddit

Tesla has already introduced the single-motor RWD and Long Range dual-motor configurations of the updated Model 3 to the market. The spotlight now turns to the Performance variant, which promises to elevate the driving experience with its high-powered capabilities and refined aesthetics. Notable features visible in the leaked photos include the 'Sports' wheels from the previous model iteration and the new, slimmer headlights that distinguish the Highland model.

Interior upgrades are equally impressive, with the Performance variant boasting deep bucket seats designed for superior comfort and support, marking a departure from the base model's standard seating. Further details emerged through additional images shared on X (previously known as Twitter), offering a closer look at these seats.

Tesla's commitment to innovation is underscored by comments from Daniel Ho, the director of vehicle programs, who teased that the new Model 3 Performance would be "pretty special." Expected to make its debut in the first half of 2024, this model is anticipated to introduce new 'Warp' 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, and suspension components, enhancing its performance and handling.

While rumors suggest the Model 3 Performance might adopt the 'Ludicrous' moniker, mirroring the naming convention of the Model S's 'Plaid' variant, official confirmation from Tesla remains pending. Speculation aside, the Performance variant is poised to see a power increase from its dual-motor powertrain, building on the previous model's 393kW and 660Nm output. Pricing and final specifications are yet to be announced, leaving potential buyers and enthusiasts eagerly awaiting further details.

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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