More potent Tesla Model 3 Performance model due next year

Elon Musk has confirmed a more powerful performance Tesla Model 3 variant for release in 2018

Tesla’s compact electric car, the Tesla Model 3 has only just reached production, but Tesla co-founder CEO Elon Musk has already confirmed via Twitter that a new, hotter ‘Performance’ variant will be released next year.

After being quizzed about the possibility, Musk responded: “Probably middle of next year. Focus now is on getting out of Model 3 production hell. More versions = deeper in hell.”

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This response is an unsurprising one considering the issues encountered with the Model X SUV, launched amid a mess of quality issues and delivery delays. In an effort to streamline the process, Musk is keen not to replay the circumstances by offering too many options and models too early. 

As for the Model 3 ‘P’, it is likely to take the same form as the P versions of the Models S and X, following its larger siblings in offering dual motors and as such all-wheel drive. Larger wheels and Tesla’s usual array of cheeky Easter eggs and drive modes should also make an appearance.

The Model 3 is currently available with a 75kWh battery pack in its most potent form, Tesla will not confirm whether the P variant will maintain the same pack or increase it in line with its larger siblings. Regardless of the possible performance upgrades, Tesla’s push into the mainstream looks set to expand at a massive rate, whether the market is ready for it or not.

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