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Model 3 Performance...Plaid [speculation]


Mar 22, 2021
Now that the Model S has gone Plaid and demonstrated significantly better performance throughout the battery pack range, when do you all think we'll start to see these enhancements trickle down to the 3?

While it does seem as though Tesla certainly has its hands full with other, more important models such as CyberTruck, Roadster, etc, eventually the 3 will get a more significant refresh with performance enhancements, and I can't help but wonder if the battery improvements, better motors and the like would add up to a truly track-weapon-capable M3P. The question is... how long will that take?



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Jul 31, 2017
Tesla never even offered the old ludicrous mode on the 3-and currently the X plaid isn't even going to be out until much later this year or early next- no reason to suspect any of that will show up on the cheaper cars anytime soon.

Note, too, the LR (non plaid) refreshed S comes in 0-60 same as the current 3P. I suspect that's intentional (since we know from the 1/4 mile trap speeds there's more than enough power to have made the S quicker if they wished)


Jul 12, 2021
I know the motors are probably maxed out. But it would be sweet for a $2000 upgrade and 0.5 0-60 faster. And a little top end.
10.9 1/4 mile would be awesome.


Oct 14, 2019
As much as I would love for there to be a Model 3 Plaid, I’m with Knightshade on this one; ain’t gonna happen.

At this point, I’d rather Tesla focus on Giga Texas; I want my Cybertruck. 😁
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Jun 9, 2021
Western NC
I doubt this will ever happen but here's my dream model 3:
  • Tri motor powertrain
  • Similar power curve to plaid where it pulls hard beyond 60mph
  • 2.5ish 0-60
  • 5.5ish 60-130
  • Base price around 80k so you could add paint, wheels, FSD and be under 100k. (not counting taxes/fees of course)
They drop that and I'd be the first one placing a preorder.

I totally understand why they don't want the performance of their "budget" car getting too close to their flagship. But personally I'm not huge on the S just because of the size of the vehicle. I also just flat out can't afford a optioned out plaid. If I could I'd probably get one anyway despite my issues with the S.


Apr 19, 2019
Westford MA
At some point they will switch to 4680 batteries which can deliver more current. My guess is when that happens the Plaid+ will happen and a Ludicrous 3 and Y will also happen. My guess is that will happen in two years, first they have to get the 4680s into production and produce enough of them for the Cybertruck and Semi. When the production is really ramped up they can start using them in the 3 and Y but not before. BTW Elon's claim that the Berlin Ys will have 4680s from the start is BS, they will have 2170s for at least the first six months, then they'll transition to the 4680s in the long range, the SR+ in Berlin is likely to be using CATL LFPs. Eventually there will be an LFP 4680 but that can't happen for a couple of years at least.
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Apr 19, 2019
Westford MA
I don't think Tesla would ever allow a Model 3 that's quicker than the slowest Model S.
Not quicker than a Model S just quicker than the current Model 3 Performance. The Plaid is 0-60 in 2 seconds, a Model 3 Ludicrous that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds would be a big step up from the current P while not challenging the S. As I said I suspect they will offer that when the 4680s make it to the 3 in about two years. One more assumption, the S will get the 4680s around the same time as the 3 which would up it's performance over the current Plaid so the gap between the 3 and the S will still be large.

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