A possible Tesla Model 3 Acceleration Boost has been leaked via Tesla source code, and it costs $2,000.
Brooks, from Dragtimes, reported on this news confirming that Tesla is offering an imminent Acceleration boost for the Model 3. The leaked performance upgrade comes to light a few weeks after the company had already released a new update to the Model S and Model 3, slightly increasing the horsepower for both of them.
However, the new Tesla Model 3 Acceleration Boost seems much more powerful as it promises to shave off almost half a second of its 0-60 mph acceleration time.
Brooks explained everything about this new upgrade in his latest video.
Tesla Model 3 Acceleration Boost: Here’s How To Get It
You can view the performance upgrade by going onto the Tesla Model 3 car configurator page. From there you need to right-click on any empty space and select the “view source code” option.
A new window will appear consisting of several lines of code. Inside the code, search for the term “Acceleration Boost” and you’ll see an upgrade. It’ll be written in the following manner:
Now, if you’ll view the source code from your laptop or PC, then the site won’t reveal any specific performance metrics. If you want to know exactly how fast your Tesla Model 3 will become after the Acceleration Boost then you need to log in to your Tesla account using your car.
From your Tesla account, view the upgrade section and view the source code, you’ll easily be able to see the available performance metrics for the Acceleration Boost. In the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, the source code reads “improve your 0-60 mph acceleration from 4.4 seconds to 3.9 seconds with an over-the-air update.”
The code also states: “You must have 2019.40.2 installed for the upgrade to be complete.”
We can see the performance upgrade shaves off 0.5 seconds from the acceleration time of the Tesla Model 3 Long Range. Brooks did some asking around and found that the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor (non-performance) variant also gets a 0.5-second acceleration boost.
Brooks also checked his new Tesla Model 3 performance for any over-the-air paid performance updates, but he couldn’t find any. Apparently the fastest Tesla Model 3 has no available performance Acceleration upgrade, at least not at the moment.
According to Brooks, with a 0.5-second performance upgrade, the Tesla Model 3 performance will go from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds instead of the 3.2, which it currently does. This could bring the quarter-mile timing of Tesla’s Model 3 performance to almost 11.1 seconds.
Currently, the Model 3 Performance does 0-60 mph in around 11.6 to 11.7 seconds.
Brooks says he will get the $2000 Tesla Model 3 performance upgrade as soon as it becomes available. However, I’d like to argue that you shouldn’t, here’s why.
Why You Shouldn’t Get The Tesla Model 3 Performance Acceleration Upgrade
First, I’d like to argue that the 0.5-second acceleration upgrade for the Tesla Model 3 performance, simply via a software update, seems less likely. The simple reason for it is that it takes more effort to make a fast car even faster.
Tesla Model 3 is no slouch. After its latest software update, the car can hit 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, albeit with some effort. So shaving another 0.3 or 0.4 seconds from its acceleration timing seems very difficult.
Therefore, the $2,000 Tesla Model 3 Performance acceleration boost, if it exists, would only marginally improve the performance, all the while straining the electric motors and putting extra stress on the battery.
Also worth noting is the point raised by Jonas Granlund, one of the channel’s viewers, who says:
“This update does not show the power increase, it shows the 0-60 time after update (not quarter-mile), and since two different Model 3 both increase their 0-60 time with the same amount, which is 0.5 seconds, it is safe to say that the increase in HP in those two Models is not the same.”
“Now I question if the performance model will also get the 0.5s faster 0-60 time, which will also need an even larger amount of HP gain.”
Another viewer, ‘flyonbyya’ also commented:
“The performance improvements aren’t linear. Depending on the existing power level. The higher the horsepower, the less impact a given increase will reduce ET. Instead of 0.5 sec. you’re likely to see 0.25 to 0.3.”
“Example: Add 100hp to a 100hp, 2,300 lb car, one now has 200hp, and goes from 16.50’s to 13.15’s….a gain of over 3 seconds in the quarter-mile Now…Add 100hp to a 1000hp, 2300 lb car, one now has 1100 and goes from 7.70’s to 7.40’s…a gain of only 0.3 sec!”
However, I’d love to be proven wrong. If Tesla can manage to offer a huge HP increase for $2,000, then it’s simply another great reason to own a Model 3.