Tesla Model 3 to get performance version in 2018

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Words: Nile Bijoux
6 Aug 2017

CEO Elon Musk confirmed a performance variant will launch in the middle of next year, as long as the brand can sufficiently deal with the high level of demand so far.

"More versions = deeper in hell," he wrote on Twitter.  Production hell, that is. Currently Tesla is devoting its resources to getting the Model 3 up and running and fulfilling the huge amount of orders. However, there are more variants in the pipeline.

Prior to the launch of the Model 3, Musk was asked on Twitter about the possibility of a Ludicrous Model 3, to which he simply replied "of course". Now we have a rough timeline of when to expect it. 

The Long Range version of the Model 3 allows a 0-100 time of 5.1s, indicating there's plenty of room for improvement with a Ludicrous mode. However, expect to pay for it. Ticking all the current boxes means a bill of nearly US$60,000 and that's without the dual-motor powertrain.

Given how brutally quick the top-dog Model S is, we expect the Model 3 Ludicrous Edition to be a proper menace given that it weighs roughly 600kg less. We'll have to wait and see though...

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