Tesla Model 3 Performance Is Now Even Faster

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Along with upgraded brakes, 20" gray wheels, and Track Mode.

Tesla has taken a step toward reducing the build complexity of its top-selling Model 3 sedan, it seems, which could help the company save money and speed up production a tad as it resumes North American manufacturing operations after several weeks under lockdown.

Specifically, Tesla has done away with the so-called "sleeper" Model 3 Performance - that is, the Model 3 Performance without the Performance Upgrade Package (PUP). That package was offered as a no-cost option, unlocking a 162-mph top speed (vs. 145) at the expense of some amount of range; the PUP-equipped Model 3 Performance has a claimed maximum driving range of 299 miles, to the non-PUP 3's 322 miles.

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Beside the extra speed, the Performance Upgrade Package also included some distinctive gray 20-inch wheels and a carbon-fiber spoiler, without which the Tesla Model 3 Performance was hardly recognizable as a Performance model at all - hence the "sleeper" moniker. Additionally, the package included higher-performance brakes, a lower ride height, and even a Track Mode. Those options are all now standard on the Tesla Model 3 Performance.

We don't know whether this change will be permanent, or if it's just a temporary measure as Tesla looks to reduce build complexity and streamline the assembly process as much as possible while manufacturing is being gradually ramped back up.

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Interestingly, the equivalent package for the Tesla Model Y Performance still appears to be optional instead of compulsory, according to the online configurator, giving customers a choice between more top speed (155 mph vs. 145) or more range (315 miles vs. 280). The Performance Upgrade Package for the Y doesn't include Track Mode or a carbon-fiber spoiler, but it does have some wicked-looking gray 21" wheels with just about the coolest name ever: "Überturbine." Oh mein Gott.

The mechanically similar Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are built side-by-side at both of the company's existing vehicle assembly plants: Fremont, California; and Shanghai, China.

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