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Tesla's new Model 3 Performance does 0-100kph in 3.1 seconds and is available in Singapore now

By Kenny Yeo - on 24 Apr 2024, 2:03pm

Tesla's new Model 3 Performance does 0-100kph in 3.1 seconds and is available in Singapore now

The new Tesla Model 3 Performance (Image source: Tesla)

Speed junkies waiting for Tesla to release the ultimate version of its recently updated Model 3 saloon can rejoice because the company has just announced the new Model 3 Performance and it is available now in Singapore.

Tesla is coy about the power output of the version we are receiving but says the Model 3 Performance can get from a standstill to 100km/h in just 3.1 seconds. Seeing other markets are getting 510hp variants that can do the same in just 2.9 seconds leads us to believe that the version we are getting in Singapore will have around 450hp.

The updated Model 3's cabin is even more bare and sparse. (Image source: Tesla)

Crucially, the Model 3 Performance will get other bits to allow drivers to take full advantage of all that power, this includes more supportive sports seats, a larger rear spoiler for improved high-speed stability, an all-new adaptive suspension system that is tuned for sporty driving, lighter forged wheels, and bigger brakes.

There's also a new version of its Track Mode software that allows owners greater customisation over the Model 3 Performance's powertrain and suspension. According to Tesla, you can adjust the car's handling balance, stability control, and its regenerative braking.

Since this is the updated Model 3, the cabin is extremely bare. Gone are the column stalks for the indicators, and even the gear shifter is missing. Everything has to be controlled either using buttons on the steering wheel or the large 15.4-inch infotainment display. Read our first impressions article to find out what that is like to drive.

The Model 3 Performance gets larger brakes and special 20-inch forged wheels. (Image source: Tesla)

Tesla didn't disclose the Model 3 Performance's battery capacity, but it claims that it has a WLTP range of 528km. The company didn't say anything about charging times too, but the new Model 3 Performance should support up to 250kW charging, which means that you should be able to get up to 80% in half an hour as long as you find a powerful enough charger.

The Model 3 Performance's biggest rival would be the BYD Seal Performance. On paper, the two are quite evenly matched. The Tesla is faster, but BYD counters a more conventional cabin and a lower sticker price.

Pricing and availability

(Image source: Tesla)

The Tesla Model 3 Performance is available now with prices starting at S$89,800 (excluding COE). Based on today's COE prices, the final price would be S$247,830. You can find out more at Tesla's website.

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