Tesla Model 3 Performance/Ludicrous Launch Imminent Following Media Event in Malibu

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April 1 brought us intriguing rumors about a media event that Tesla was preparing for the Model 3 Performance. As new information about the event surfaced, it turned out not to be an April Fools' prank but a legitimate launch event attended by some of the most famous YouTubers and influencers.
Not every news you read on April 1 is a joke. The most famous example is Google launching Gmail 20 years ago on April 1 as the first email service with 1 GB of storage. At the time, competing services like Yahoo! and Hotmail offered 10 MB of storage, making Google's offer even less credible. However, Gmail was not an April Fools' hoax, and it changed the email forever.

The rumors about a Tesla Model 3 Performance media event that surfaced on April 1 were also confirmed by several sources. The event definitely happened, as shown by pictures and videos shared on social media. Tesla is using the same recipe as for the Cybertruck, which was tested by several influencers before the Delivery Day event on November 30. MKBHD, Jason Cammisa, and others were spotted this time at the Tesla event in Malibu.

At the same venue, people saw several Model 3 Performance vehicles lined up for testing, first with the covers on and later in their full glory as they were prepared for departure. Another covered Model 3 Performance was in the center of the Tesla showroom in Malibu, apparently in preparation for the media presentation. A matte black Cybertruck belonging to Tesla's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen was also spotted in the same parking lot, giving more substance to the event rumors.

Several pictures and videos shared online show the best view yet of the Model 3 Performance's unique front bumper design and the rear diffuser. However, the most intriguing detail was the Texas manufacturer plates of those vehicles. Last week, several Model 3 EVs were spotted in the outbound lot at Giga Texas, leaving people scratching their heads about what they were doing there.

Tesla has produced the Model 3 in only two gigafactories: Giga Shanghai for European and Asian markets and Fremont for North America. However, it appears that the Model 3 Performance might come from Giga Texas, which is something nobody expected. If true, the sportiest Model 3 variant might be very different from its brothers, starting with the battery pack. Tesla produces 4680 cells at Giga Texas, which means the Model 3 Performance might use them if they are also made in Austin, as the manufacturer plates suggest.

The media event indicates that Tesla might officially launch the Model 3 Performance in the coming days, at the same time as the embargo on the test drives is lifted. We know very little about it, although some rumors indicate a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds. This compares favorably with the first-generation M3P, which needed 3.1 seconds for the same performance. An earlier report from the Korean Ministry of Environment revealed that the upcoming Model 3 Performance will have 627 horsepower thanks to a new 412-hp rear motor. We've also seen a leaked video showing the car's user interface and some of its unique details.

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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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