Manhart's first electric tuning project includes adding a fake grille.
Manhart is best known for tuning cars made by the likes of BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen. To show what it can do, the German tuner recently gave the M5 CS a 777-hp upgrade. The tuner is not, however, renowned for modifying electric cars, so it comes as a surprise to find that Manhart's latest aftermarket project is based on the Tesla Model 3 Performance.
In stock form, the standard Tesla Model 3 Performance produces 430 hp from two electric motors and will accelerate from 0- 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. This already makes it one of the quickest four-door sedans on the market, but that hasn't stopped Manhart from extracting more power from Tesla's dual electric motor setup.
Dubbed the TM3 700, Manhart's first-ever ever EV project boasts an extra 37 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque, bringing the total output to 543 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels. This power boost was achieved thanks to Manhart's MHTronik Powerbox, while the original 82-kWh lithium-ion battery has been retained.
Manhart has yet to release any performance specifications, but the TM3 700 should be slightly quicker than the stock version. Manhart has also used H&R springs to lower the suspension and improve the handling. As for cosmetic upgrades, a carbon-fiber bumper extension and tinted windows have been added.
The custom Model 3 Performance also rides on 21-inch Baracuda wheels finished in platinum grey wrapped in 235/30 R21 tires. Elsewhere, red and grey racing stripes adorn the hood, trunk, and profile, and red accents are applied to the mirrors. While Tesla has stopped adding faux grilles, TM3 700 features a honeycomb pattern that looks like a fake grille. Overall, the upgrades are surprisingly subtle compared to some of Manhart's wild tuning projects.
These upgrades aren't cheap, however. While the standard Tesla Model 3 Performance starts at $51,190, Manhart's modified version will set you back €74,900 ($88,768), which is a substantial premium.