With a 0-100km/h dash time that places the common Porsche 911 within the shade, the Tesla Mannequin 3 Efficiency isn’t sluggish… however it’s not as loopy quick as the larger, dearer Mannequin S Plaid.
That may very well be set to alter. Twitter consumer The Kilowatts has revealed the Tesla Elements Catalogue has a Plaid badge for the Mannequin 3 in it, suggesting an excellent quicker flagship is coming.
Mixed with a brand new set of wheels in the identical catalogue, the badge factors to a brand new flagship for the Mannequin 3 to take a seat above the Efficiency – a facelifted model of which hasn’t but been revealed.
Previous to the most recent facelift, the quickest Mannequin 3 hit 100km/h in 3.3 seconds. Though that’s removed from sluggish, it’s not a patch on the Mannequin S Plaid and its 2.1-second run to triple figures.
It’s not clear if Tesla will slot a tri-motor powertrain into the Mannequin 3 Plaid, or whether or not it can extract extra energy from the present dual-motor setup.
The Mannequin S Plaid has as much as 761kW of energy and 1424Nm of torque from its triple motor setup, and might be optioned with a Observe Pack that mixes all that energy with stickier tyres, larger brakes, and a track-optimised tune for the adaptive air suspension.
Just like the broader Mannequin S vary, the Plaid isn’t accessible in Australia.
Tesla in Could 2023 confirmed anybody ready for a Mannequin S or Mannequin X would have their deposit refunded, and can be supplied a $3000 credit score in the direction of an order on the smaller Mannequin 3 or Mannequin Y.
Within the UK, the model has taken a extra artistic answer.