A few days ago, we got our first hint that Tesla is working on a Performance version of the refreshed Model 3. Now called the Model 3+, the refreshed Model 3 features several improvements including an updated, sleeker front facia, a new single-piece headlight and rear light design, and a better opening frunk and trunk.
The vehicle also saw major improvements in the noise, vibration, and harshness front, getting a completely redesigned softer suspension, new double pane glass on the back windows to decrease road noise, and more premium and sound-absorbing interior liners to again decrease cabin noise.
In the tech and features front, the refreshed Model 3 saw the addition of an 8-inch second display for rear passengers, a new air ventilation 2.0 system that allows split airflow between the driver and the passenger, new ambient interior lighting, ventilated seats, touch screen gear stalks, and many more improvements.
Tesla representatives have said that 50% of the components of the refreshed Model 3 have been updated. This is all exciting however, one thing missing from the refreshed Model 3 launch is the lack of a Performance model to replace the Model 3 Performance in the lineup.
As alluded to at the start of the article, a few days ago we received our first hint that Tesla is indeed working on a performance version of the refreshed Model 3. Not only that, but thanks to a now-deleted post on Tesla’s online catalog, we received some specifications about the upcoming vehicle.
The two main pieces of information we learned about the refreshed Model 3 Performance are, first, Tesla is working on a new badge similar to the one found on the Model S Plaid. The badge is not exactly identical to that of the Model S which suggests that the upcoming performance Model 3 will be called “Ludicirous” rather than Plaid.
If you happen to be unfamiliar with Tesla’s naming scheme for the company’s performance vehicles, starting with Insane, then Ludicrous, and currently Plaid all come from Elon Musk’s favorite movie Space Balls, where the three modes convey increasing speed in that order.
The Plaid moniker is currently reserved for the Model S and X with tri-motor configuration and carbon-sleeved motors. However, the badging for the new refreshed performance Model 3 appears to be a Ludicrous badging which suggests that the vehicle will have 2 motors as opposed to the tri-motor setup found on the Model S & X.
The second thing we learned about the Model 3 Ludicrous is the fact that the vehicle will launch with several never-before-seen wheel designs, new sports brakes, and a new sports suspension.
The new wheel designs include 19-inch and 20-inch wheels that Tesla calls “Warp’ wheels” and a couple of more wheel designs with black and silver finish that Tesla has not named in the parts catalog.
All this information leaking out through Tesla’s online parts catalog was practically a confirmation that the EV maker is working on a performance Model 3+ and that the vehicle will be launching soon.
And today adding to the Ludicrous Model 3+ hype, Tesla white hat hacker @greentheonly (green) has found new information regarding the brand-new vehicle. According to information he was able to dig up in Tesla’s software code, the EV maker has new sportier seats designed for the Performance Model 3.
Looks like the @Tesla Model 3 Ludicrous will get upgraded seats with bigger side bolsters and a new headrest.
As you can see from the picture above, the new sports seats have much bigger side bolstering as compared to the seats in the regular Model 3. The new seats should come in handy given the increased performance of the vehicle.
Additional seat-related information that green was able to find out is the fact that Tesla is also working on an updated headrest for the vehicle.
This week, this is the second leak we have received regarding the Ludicrous Model 3 which suggests that Tesla is making final preparations to launch the vehicle.
At the recently held Q3 2023 earnings call Tesla executives refused to confirm when Tesla will launch the refreshed Model 3 in North America which will likely coincide with the Ludicrous Model 3 launch.
As a result, it’s currently impossible to say when exactly Tesla will launch the performance Model 3. However, we’ll be sure to keep you posted when we learn more about Tesla’s plans. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see the new sports seats for the Ludicrous Model 3+? Do you think the vehicle will launch this year? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.