Tesla Model 3 Performance delivers 0-62mph in 3 seconds for £60k

The Tesla Model 3 Performance has gone on sale in the UK, offering the most powerful variant yet for just under £60,000.

Priced from £59,900, the new high-performance rival to the Polestar 2 and BMW i4 promises a 0-62mph time of just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 163mph thanks to a 454bhp dual-motor powertrain.

Alongside the power upgrade over the regular all-wheel-drive model, the Performance spec brings a number of chassis and drive control changes, including adaptive damping for the first time. Structural stiffness has been improved and springs, anti-roll bars and bushings stiffened for a sharper response. Tesla has also upgraded the standard car’s brakes with ‘track ready’ pads for sharper braking and better thermal endurance.

The latest generation Track Mode integrates the adaptive suspension controls with powertrain management to allow the driver to customise handling balance, stability controls and regenerative braking via an all-new interface.

The Model 3 Performance comes as standard with 20-inch aluminium wheels. These have a staggered setup to bring sharper and more predictable turn in and are fitted with performance-focused tyres.

The Performance also gets a more aggressive design than the recently facelifted regular model, with more cooling ducts and a rear spoiler and diffuser the American firm says helps “optimise lift balance and high-speed stability”.

Inside there are new sports seats with improved lateral support and a carbon fibre trim to set it apart from other Model 3s.

Orders for the new Model 3 Performance are open now with first deliveries due this summer.

Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.

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