New Tesla Model 3 Performance appears to pop up in Florida ahead of launch

Credit: Reddit u/ChaddoSan

A new Tesla Model 3 Performance vehicle has been spotted in Florida, popping up ahead of its launch later this year.

In January, Tesla’s Head of Investor Relations, Martin Viecha, confirmed that the company was working on a new Model 3 Performance.

Since the confirmation, we have spotted some new features in early vehicle builds, including bucket seats, a carbon fiber dash, and potentially a Ludicrous mode based on badging.

Documents show that Tesla is planning to increase the performance specs of the new Model 3, as horsepower has dramatically increased compared to past versions.

Now, it appears Tesla is testing the vehicle in the public once again, as it was spotted on multiple occasions over the past week.

Credit: Reddit u/ChaddoSan
Credit: Reddit u/ChaddoSan

The revised front bumper design, which features air intake vents, tells us it is a performance configuration of the Model 3.

These have been spotted in past pictures of the revised Model 3 Performance:

There is a lot of speculation surrounding the Model 3 Performance, as Tesla already brought major improvements to the Rear-Wheel-Drive and Long Range configurations of the vehicle.

Teslarati was lucky enough to drive a unit last month, and it had a lot of new and exciting features and improvements from past vehicles, including quieter cabin noise, better suspension feel and handling, and a more minimalistic interior.

However, Tesla is seemingly looking for even more improvements moving forward as the car is set to be one of the best in the company’s lineup, based on documents spotted in February.

Nevertheless, Tesla is expected to push out the first Model 3 Performance units in the coming months, and it should help bolster the vehicle’s performance in terms of sales. For the past few years, the Model Y has simply passed the Model 3 by due to its storage space and versatile body style as a crossover.

A new Model 3 Performance might be just what the doctor ordered for Tesla to revamp its mass-market sedan.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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