Behold the most track-focused Tesla Model 3 yet.
Spy shots taken from the Nurburgring have shown Tesla is preparing a hardcore version of the Model S with an upcoming Plaid variant that will incorporate a three-motor powertrain. Elon Musk has already confirmed that Plaid versions of the Model 3 and Model X are also in the pipeline. If you can't wait until they arrive, an aftermarket tuner has unveiled a new track-focused version of the Tesla Model 3.
Unveiled at the SEMA show in Las Vegas by aftermarket tuner Unplugged Performance, the hardcore Model 3 is called the 'Tesla Model 3 Ascension R.' Unplugged Performance specializes in Tesla tuning and aftermarket accessories, and now the company's experience has resulted in this hardcore conversion project.
Based on the Model 3 Performance, the Ascension R features a custom race valved adjustable coilover suspension kit to improve the handling, along with billet adjustable front upper control arms, billet adjustable rear camber and toe arms and a beefier three-way adjustable front/rear sway bar set with uprated bushings.
Massive six-piston, 15.5-inch uprated brakes and competition brake pads provide additional stopping power, and the electric sedan rides on 20-inch forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Cup 2 tires. The wheels are custom machined out of 6061-T6 billet APP forgings - the same forgings used by Koenigsegg and Lamborghini. A carbon fiber body kit also adds a new front and rear bumper, side skirts, and a massive rear wing. Inside, there are racing bucket seats and a racing harness.
Unplugged Performance hasn't revealed any powertrain upgrades, however. As standard, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is powered by a dual electric motor setup that produces 450 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, enabling the electric sedan to hit 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 162 mph.
Each Ascension R conversion starts at $35,000 excluding the cost of the base car and takes four-eight weeks to build depending on the specification. Unplugged Performance sources new vehicles from Tesla for each build but also accepts existing donor cars for the conversion.