Tesla Model 3 ‘Ludicrous’ spotted at rumored event in California

Tesla Model 3 ‘Ludicrous’ spotted at rumored event in California

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A batch of the forthcoming Tesla Model 3 Performance seems to have been spotted at a showroom in California, where some sources say the automaker is holding a private event for the yet-to-be-unveiled variant.

In a series of photos posted on Monday, the highly-anticipated Model 3 Performance, dubbed “Ludicrous,” can be seen both covered and uncovered at what appears to be Tesla’s showroom in Malibu, California. First spotted by X user Chris Zheng on Monday morning, many users also remained skeptical in the thread due to it being April Fool’s Day.

Despite the skepticism and the date, the claims were confirmed by multiple sources, with the initial photos showing a row of the electric vehicles (EVs) parked outside under covers, along with an additional covered unit in the center of the showroom with chairs surrounding it.

Later in the day on Monday, fellow X user BooDev shared additional photos surfaced showing the Model 3 uncovered outside, along with a photo of the matte black Cybertruck belonging to Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen. The post said that the showroom was doing a private event for the new configuration.

In addition, you can see the Model 3 Performance’s Texas manufacturer’s license plate, as well as the Ludicrous badge spotted in a Model 3 Performance sighting in late February. One of the shots includes perhaps the best sighting yet of a new aero front bumper design on the Model 3 Ludicrous, along with a brief video of the vehicle as it drives away. BooDev says that they heard the configuration’s 0-60 mph will be 2.9 seconds.

While the Model 3 Performance has been spotted multiple times covered in the U.S. and other markets in the past few months, it was officially confirmed to be coming by von Holzhausen in late January. Reports in China the same month suggested that the variant would be launching sometime in the second quarter of this year, while leaked documents in South Korea last month seemingly hinted at a few of the trim’s specs.

The upcoming trim, expected to eventually hit markets in North America, Asia and Europe, will come as the third of the long-awaited upgraded Model 3 (which Tesla now calls the “Reengineered Model 3” on its website in the U.S.), adding to the currently available rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and dual-motor all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.

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