An updated version of the flagship Tesla Model 3 Performance has appeared in certification documents in Europe, suggesting it’s on its way soon.
When the updated Tesla Model 3 electric sedan was revealed earlier this month it was only shown off in single-motor RWD and dual-motor Long Range guises.
The Model 3 Performance now has a ‘T’ as the 8th digit of the VIN, which identifies the type of motor/drive unit in the vehicle. The outgoing model for context has ‘L’ as the 8th digit of the VIN.
The filing continues to list the updated Model 3 Performance as having a dual-motor setup, unlike the tri-motor setups in the Model S and Model X Plaid.
Unverified reports speculate one of the electric motors, potentially the front, will be upgraded to the same one that is found in the high-performance Model S and Model X Plaid.
The outgoing Tesla Model 3 Performance is powered by a dual-motor setup with an undisclosed system output. It has a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.3 seconds.
At this stage we’re yet to see what the updated Model 3 Performance will look like, nor when it will be revealed and go into production.
“Unfortunately, Performance is not currently available, and we are unable to complete your Model 3 order,” says a message from Tesla shared on the group.
Customers are instead being asked to choose another vehicle and being offered “priority matching”.
The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now in Australia. The Model 3 RWD is priced from $61,900 before on-roads (+$4500), while the Model 3 Long Range is $71,900 before on-roads (+$500).
Both models will start arriving locally between January and March 2024.