Tesla Unleashes New Model 3 Performance, Claims It’s Quicker Than A Porsche 911 w/0-60 MPH in 2.9 Seconds

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Tesla is making headlines once again in the automotive world with the launch of their latest iteration of the Model 3 Performance, promising a driving experience that challenges even the most revered sports cars. This new model boasts impressive specs, including a blistering 0-60 mph time of just 2.9 seconds, thanks to its 510 horsepower and 741 Nm of torque (548 lb-ft of torque). With a top speed of 163 mph, it’s clear that Tesla is aiming to redefine what it means to be a high-performance daily driver.

One of the standout features of the new Model 3 Performance is its performance-tuned chassis, which combines the latest in Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) improvements with bespoke hardware aimed at enhancing stiffness and reducing mass. This includes adaptive dampers, multi-sectioned stabilizer bars, ultra-high strength steel springs, and stiffer suspension top mounts, all working together to deliver a more capable and dynamic driving experience.

Tesla has introduced their latest generation performance drive unit, the Performance 4DU, which offers significant improvements in torque, power, and efficiency compared to its predecessor. This translates to more immediate and sustained acceleration, particularly noticeable when exiting corners. Despite the increase in performance, Tesla has managed to reduce energy consumption by about 2%, showcasing their commitment to efficiency.

In a Tweet today on the X platform, Elon Musk claimed the new Model 3 Performance is quicker than a Porsche 911, which rings true for many of the new 911 trim levels considering the Model 3 Performance hits 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

The new Model 3 Performance also benefits from forged and staggered 20” wheels paired with Tesla-specific Pirelli P ZERO 4 performance tires, providing better traction, comfort, and range. Additionally, Tesla’s in-house Vehicle Dynamics Controller (VDC) ensures precise control of front and rear motor torque output, optimizing traction and enhancing the driving experience.

For the first time in a Model 3, Tesla has introduced an Adaptive Damping system, which adjusts to driver and road inputs in real time, optimizing ride and handling while improving comfort. This system, along with the powertrain, is controlled by Tesla’s in-house software, allowing for future adaptability and improvement through over-the-air software updates.

Track enthusiasts will appreciate the enhancements to Track Mode V3, which now integrates motor controls, suspension controls, powertrain cooling, and the VDC under a single, unified system. This results in a more predictable and stable driving experience, allowing drivers to explore the car’s performance limits with confidence.

From a design standpoint, the new Model 3 Performance features aerodynamic enhancements that not only look sleek but also contribute to reduced drag, lift, and improved airflow. Inside, the car is equipped with new Sport seats for enhanced support during dynamic driving, while still maintaining comfort for daily use.

Overall, the new Model 3 Performance represents Tesla’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle performance, offering a compelling alternative to traditional sports cars while retaining the practicality and sustainability that Tesla is known for.


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