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Tesla's Model 3 Performance subtly adds the power

The Model 3 Performance doesn't offer much in the way of visual upgrades, but it's got it where it counts.

Tim Stevens
Tim Stevens got his start writing professionally while still in school in the mid '90s, and since then has covered topics ranging from business process management to video game development to automotive technology.
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This is the Model 3 Performance!

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You start with the dual-motor Model 3, then add the Performance package for a starting price of $64,000. 

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But you'll also want to add the $5,000 wheel and tire package, which gives you bigger brakes that are much better-suited for performance driving. 

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The Performance also comes with this dry-carbon lip spoiler, which gives the rear of the car a bit more personality.

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Really, though, there's not a lot to distinguish it from the base car. 

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This white interior, however, is far from subtle...

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The Model 3 is still controlled primarily via this touch interface, but Tesla has improved things quite a bit, making the car far easier to live with. 

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Rear seats offer plenty of headroom. There's a generous trunk, too, so the car is pretty easy to live with.

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It's a good looking machine, too, and fit-and-finish has improved markedly from the earlier cars -- though it still isn't perfect. 

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Indeed the Model 3 Performance isn't perfect overall, but it's a remarkably quick machine. 

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