The new Tesla Model 3 Performance has just been revealed – and it comes with supercar-rivalling performance and a distinctive interior look.

The Performance variant of Tesla’s extremely popular electric saloon delivers some powerful driving stats. This includes acceleration from 0 to 60mph in 2.9 seconds, a top speed of 163mph and 460 horsepower.

It’s available to order from today (Wednesday 24 April) with prices starting at £59,990 – and UK deliveries set to arrive this summer.

The Tesla Model 3 is back after a short hiatus (since 2022) and is the fastest Performance model to date.  The £59,990 model will do 0-60 in 2.9s, with a top speed of 163mph and produced 460hp

The Tesla Model 3 is back after a short hiatus (since 2022) and is the fastest Performance model to date.  The £59,990 model will do 0-60 in 2.9s, with a top speed of 163mph and produced 460hp

The Performance variant follows on from the recently updated Model 3 – it had a facelift in 2023 – joining the Rear-Wheel Drive and Long Range models to complete Model 3 offerings.

It’ll use a 75kWh battery, and range is estimated to be 328 miles – this is 10 more miles than the Rear-Wheel Drive version, but 62 miles less than the Long Range version.

The Model 3 Performance has lower energy consumption than the previous (2022) Model 3 Performance and a more aerodynamic exterior design.

The latter is said to have helped shave 0.2 seconds off the outgoing Performance’s 0-to60mph acceleration time.

The Performance trim joins the less expensive Rear-Wheel Drive and Long Range Model 3s, and will offer 328 miles on a single charge

The Performance trim joins the less expensive Rear-Wheel Drive and Long Range Model 3s, and will offer 328 miles on a single charge

The exterior receives the same updates as the rest of the Model 3 range with a new aggressive front and rear fascia, cooling ducts, rear diffuser and carbon-fibre spoiler

The exterior receives the same updates as the rest of the Model 3 range with a new aggressive front and rear fascia, cooling ducts, rear diffuser and carbon-fibre spoiler

The Performance comes with Tesla's latest Track Mode V3 with better handling, stability controls and adaptive suspension.

The Performance comes with Tesla’s latest Track Mode V3 with better handling, stability controls and adaptive suspension.

The ‘new generation performance drive unit’ also has a specially-tuned bespoke chassis and track-ready brakes with high-performance brake pads. 

The Performance comes with Tesla’s latest ‘Track Mode V3’, which integrates adaptive suspension controls and the performance-optimised powertrain under one system. 

A number of tweaking options means you can go full Lewis Hamilton and  customise everything from handling balance, stability control and regenerative braking.

The exterior receives the same updates as the rest of the Model 3 range with a new aggressive front and rear fascia, cooling ducts, rear diffuser and carbon-fibre spoiler.  

The interior is different to the other Model 3 interiors - it has special Sports Seats that are designed to improve stability for the driver

The interior is different to the other Model 3 interiors – it has special Sports Seats that are designed to improve stability for the driver

The rest of the Model 3 Performance cabin follows the same minimal look Tesla is known for, with that main 15.4-inch touchscreen

The rest of the Model 3 Performance cabin follows the same minimal look Tesla is known for, with that main 15.4-inch touchscreen

The Performance model also comes with carbon-fibre detailing - with Tesla's first ever special carbon weave

The Performance model also comes with carbon-fibre detailing – with Tesla’s first ever special carbon weave

At £59,000, it's a steep mark-up on the other Model 3s on sale in Britain. It's £20,000 more than the entry-level model and £10,000 pricier than the Long Range mid-level trim

At £59,000, it’s a steep mark-up on the other Model 3s on sale in Britain. It’s £20,000 more than the entry-level model and £10,000 pricier than the Long Range mid-level trim

Inside, customers get a Model 3 interior first.

New heated and ventilated ‘Sports Seats’ with enhanced side cushions and bolsters (to improve support when cornering) and carbon-fibre trim detailing are debuting on this latest Tesla and will likely prove popular among the Teslarati fanbase. 

It also gets the 14.3-inch Tesla touchscreen infotainment system that comes with inbuilt sat-nav, charging info, music, games and Spotify. 

At £59,000, it’s a steep mark-up on the other Model 3s on sale in Britain.

It’s £20,000 more than the entry-level model and £10,000 pricier than the Long Range mid-level trim. 

Order books are open with deliveries expected in by the end of June. 

This post first appeared on Dailymail.co.uk

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