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Dual-Motor Tesla Model 3 Spotted At Racetrack

A while ago, Elon Musk promised a performance version of the Model 3 that would come in the middle of 2019, or in Musk time, 2025. Nevertheless, they seem to be jumping the gun a little.

Electrek dug up a thread on the Tesla Motors Club forums in which a user spotted a Tesla Model 3 testing at Thunderhill Raceway in Glenn County, California last week, hinting that Tesla may indeed be working on the performance version we’ve been hearing so much about. TMC user sreams┬ástuck his phone under one front wheel and captured what definitely looks like a CV joint, indicative of driven front wheels. Other commenters on the TMC thread noted that the photo also hints at the Model 3 having air suspension instead of the base car’s firm springs.

The poster also noted that the car was wearing approximately 20-inch Pilot Sports, and oversized break rotors underneath, meaning the Performance version will likely also be focused more on handling improvements than straight-line speed, though that will naturally be improved too. Many reviews have lauded the Model 3 for its reportedly fast, sharp steering and the inherently good roadholding afforded by the battery, and the performance version should be a proper little hot hatch if it ever comes out.

It’ll probably cost a pretty penny more than the base Model 3 too, and if Tesla requires it to be loaded with the available options first, the price could get dangerously close to a base-spec Model S. At that price point, I’d probably take the Model 3.

Written by Sam Person

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