Model 3 Highland “Ludicrous” variant found in the Tesla car configurator code, performance specs leaked

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Tesla (TSLA) held the launch of the top-end “Performance” variant of the new Model 3 Highland globally when it introduced it last year. Still, to date, only the base RWD and Long Range AWD versions are available for sale.

However, some evidence has surfaced online that shows that the Model 3 Highland Ludicrous is just around the corner. By looking at the source code of the Tesla Model 3 online car configurator, we can find the Ludicrous variant mentioned in it.

Tesla enthusiast Justin (@hoonigan37) tracked the Ludicrous Model 3 in the configurator first. When I saw his tweet, I checked it myself — and yes, it was there. I dug a bit deeper into the code (thanks to my Web Dev background), and I found a few more details.

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Screenshot: The source code lines that detail the Tesla Model 3 Ludicrous variant and its performance specifications.
Screenshot: The source code lines that detail the Tesla Model 3 Ludicrous variant and its performance specifications. Source: Tesla, Inc. online studio.

The more interesting aspect of this reveal is that the online configurator source code also contains the range and vital performance figures of the new Tesla Model 3 Highland Ludicrous variant. According to this leaked information, the Ludicrous Model 3 has the following specs:

  • Range: 310 miles (499 km)
  • Top Speed: 162 mph (261 km/h)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.2 seconds

Update: These values might be placeholders in the car configurator code, so the final specs at launch might differ. Stay tuned as we will be posting an update as the new Model 3 Highland Ludicrous becomes available for sale.

The Performance variant of a Tesla vehicle has a lower range compared to the mid-tier Long Range variant. This is primarily because both vehicles have the same battery pack capacity installed. To provide optimum performance, acceleration, and speed, the owners will have to compromise on the range a bit.

While the Long Range AWD Model 3 Highland goes 341 miles on a single charge (EPA est.), Model 3 Ludicrous will output 310 miles (499 km). The degradation of 31 miles is a bargain for the bumped-up performance specs.

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Tesla Model 3 Owner's Manual contains a reference to the Ludicrous launch mode for the performance variant in its Normal Operating Sounds (cabin noise) demonstration section.
Screenshot: Tesla Model 3 Owner’s Manual contains a reference to the Ludicrous launch mode for the performance variant in its Normal Operating Sounds (cabin noise) demonstration section. Credit: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) / link to source.

The Ludicrous version of the new Model 3 Highland is currently appearing in the backend code of both the US and European Tesla car configurations. This suggests that this version might be simultaneously launched in Europe along with the US.

The improved performance figures of the Model 3 Highland Ludicrous are also due to the better aerodynamics as well. Tesla modified the front bumper design of the Tesla Model 3 Ludicrous and added new wheels as seen in the recent sighting in Spain.

A camouflaged Tesla Model 3 Performance was also sighted in the US last week. Interestingly, it was getting transported along with the Cybertrucks. Tesla was probably shipping it from Giga Texas to the Engineering HQ in Palo Alto, California for further testing purposes (pice below).

A Tesla Model 3 Highland Ludicrous variant spotted on a car transport carrier trailer along with the Cybertrucks.
A Tesla Model 3 Highland Ludicrous variant spotted on a car transport carrier trailer along with the Cybertrucks. Credit: u/Salty_Astronaut_7567 via Reddit.
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Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Alihttp://www.teslaoracle.com
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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