Ahead of a third quarter 2024 Australian release and not long after a comprehensive mid-life update was revealed for the regular Model 3, the new Tesla Model 3 Performance has been revealed. Priced from $80,900 plus on-road costs, the new model is actually $2,500 less expensive than the pre-updated model – that’s despite adding more performance and standard equipment.

According to the Tesla, “Six years after the first Model 3 Performance deliveries, we are launching the new Model 3 Performance: a highly differentiated performance trim that leverages Tesla’s latest manufacturing and engineering capabilities to create what we consider to be a perfect, high-performance daily driver.”

“Building on the quality and platform improvements of the latest Model 3, the new Model 3 Performance delivers our most driver-focused experience, yet.”

Under the body of the Model 3 Performance are a number of enhancements aimed at increasing the car’s performance and handling. The chief update is more performance, with its 380kW combined figure from its dual motors a reasonable upgrade from the already-potent 358kW of the pre-updated model. That has further enhanced the 0-100km/h sprint time by 0.2 seconds to just 3.1 seconds.

Aside from extra performance, the updated Model 3 Performance has also added larger brake callipers and rotors, while new 20-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero 4 tyres also now feature. The Model 3 Performance also now features adaptive suspension by Koni, which was previously only available on the Model S Plaid. The suspension has three modes: standard, sport and track and each mode adapts to the surface on which the car is being driven on.

Inside the Tesla Model 3 Performance has also been upgraded with new sports seats, carbon fibre trim and metal pedals giving a sportier feel inside compared to the regular Model 3. The new sports seats are 12-way electrically adjustable and include both heating and ventilation as standard.

Drivers can choose from four drive modes – chill, standard, insane and track – and the latter now allows for drivers to adjust the torque split between the front and rear wheels for handling tailored to them. The Model 3 Performance has also been given the same upgraded NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) package as the regular Model 3, which includes 360-degree acoustic glass, improved body baffles and extra sealing for better suppression from the outside.

2025 Tesla Model 3 pricing (plus on-road costs):

  • RWD: $58,900
  • Long Range AWD: $67,900
  • Performance AWD: $80,900

The first local deliveries of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance will land in the third quarter of 2024. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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Jake is the veteran automotive journalist in the DiscoverAuto team having been in the industry since 2017. His first word was Volvo, he nitpicks every piece of practical design and has an unhealthy obsession for cars that feature rain-activated headlights.

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