Tesla Model 3 Performance Tidbits: ‘Insane’ Acceleration, Track Mode V3 and More

Model 3 performance hero 1

Tesla today finally announced a new Model 3 Performance, built on its latest upgraded design of its electric sedan (Highland).

The Model 3 Performance has started making its way to select U.S. showrooms, and now we are learning some interesting tidbits Tesla has not talked about yet.

For starters, Acceleration modes are the regular Chill, Standard and now “Insane” to give you that 2.9 second 0-60 mph time in the U.S. Image shared by @klwtts below:

model 3 insane acceleration

Despite “Ludicrous” badging on the back of the Model 3 Performance, there is no mention of the latter in vehicle settings for now.

Also for Steering Weight, you get Light, Standard and Heavy modes. The new Model 3 Performance also gets Auto Shift out of Park (Beta), as expected.

As for Tesla owner Zack (@BLKMDL3), he shared some more pictures of the Model 3 Performance as well, particularly Track Mode V3.

track mode v3

“Model 3 Performance finally lets you disable Stability Assist in Track Mode V3. Disables oversteer support to allow wheel spin and some fun slides,” said Zack. “Handling balance is also now judged by oversteer or understeer balance.”

Now, Tesla is advertising two versions of the Model 3 Performance it seems. Here are the differences:

  • USA: 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds with 510 horsepower; 82 kWh Panasonic battery pack
  • World: 0-100 kph in 3.1 seconds with 460 horsepower; 79 kWh LG battery pack

In Canada, the Model 3 Performance is at price parity before rebates with the Model Y Performance at $69,990 CAD. But the latter qualifies for the $5,000 CAD federal incentive as it’s below the $70,000 limit for SUVs. The Model 3 Performance does not because it is priced above the $65,000 CAD limit for cars.

As for Model 3 Performance U.S. pricing, it starts at $52,990 before incentives, which is a great deal. After tax credit it drops to $45,490 which is unreal.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said today the Model 3 Performance is faster than a Porsche 911.

Nonetheless, the Model 3 Performance looks like an incredible update. The first reviews are already on YouTube, such as the one below from MKBHD:

YouTube video