UPDATE: Tesla Working On Aftermarket Model 3 Performance Package Upgrade


It wasn’t initially clear that you have to purchase a package to get ‘Track Mode’ on the Model 3 Performance.

***UPDATE: It appears that either Tesla already had a plan in place when deciding to make Track Mode only available on the Model 3 Performance with the $5,000 Performance Upgrades Package or the automaker listened to people’s concerns. Either way, it now looks like if you didn’t order your Tesla Model 3 Performance with the necessary package, you’ll eventually be able to add it as an aftermarket option:

This situation can and will be looked at from two different perspectives. This will be especially true if the aftermarket option is significantly more expensive than the original package, which is to be expected since that’s how Tesla has historically treated upgrades and packages after the fact. Some may say that the automaker is attempting to “fix” the situation so that these owners don’t miss out on the option to get Track Mode. Others will insist that this was Tesla’s plan all along, coinciding with its drive toward profitability. Tesla added the option after people had already placed their orders, but now may be able to make extra profit on it by offering it as a more expensive aftermarket upgrade.

Until we have more concrete information related to specifics and pricing, it’s difficult to form an opinion. The bottom line is that anyone who ordered a Tesla Model 3 Performance may now at least have the option to get the Track Mode feature.

In what some may call an unfair move, Tesla has clarified that you must opt for the Performance Upgrade Package on the Model 3 Performance in order to get Track Mode. Being that many people have already placed their order without having this information, they may have made different choices. However, Tesla has a history of leaving details like this out and making changes on a regular basis. Who knows, perhaps the availability, price, etc. will change again down the road.

While many people may not be ordering a Tesla Model 3 Performance primarily for track use, we can only imagine that there are certainly aficionados out there who were very excited to learn that the car will offer track mode. They may have even opted for the performance variant with its track capabilities in mind. This is especially true since this feature sets the Model 3 apart from the automaker’s previous vehicles, which have never been known for their track prowess. But, being that the car is already quite pricey, some buyers may not be choosing to add the $5,000 Performance Upgrade Package. Now, Track Mode will not be available to these owners.

It costs $10,000 more to get the Performance version over the non-performance dual-motor, all-wheel drive Model 3. For that $10k, buyers are essentially getting the same powertrain with higher rated motors. The additional $5,000 Performance Upgrades Package gives you another 10 MPH in terms of top speed, as well as other upgrades, including red performance brake calipers, 20-inch wheels, sport tires, and a sport-tuned suspension.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think that Track Mode should be available without the purchase of the additional $5,000 package? Have you placed an order for a Model 3 Performance? Please share the details with us in the comment section below.


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28 Comments on "UPDATE: Tesla Working On Aftermarket Model 3 Performance Package Upgrade"

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Of course it should have the better brakes for a track mode. Unfair? – hardly. Honestly the track mode could be an additional $5k and that would be reasonable. Track is all about cache anyway 95% of the time.
You have to pay to play….

5 grand for a software uprade? It’s not even like autopilot where there’s a lot of work going into it. It’s just some different handling settings and the ability to change some yourself.

And why not let people upgrade to better brakes themselves and then offer track mode? I think they should just let the owner descide wether they can handle track mode or not in their car.

It’s certainly much cheaper to develop than Autopilot; but there will also be much fewer buyers — so the cost per sell is not necessarily much lower…

As for bundling, one possible reason might be that it’s tuned to the specific components in the performance upgrades package, and wouldn’t work too well with just random after-market replacements?…

You can always go to the aftermarket and try to beat the factory performance package. Do you have any idea what a Brembo brake upgrade kit cost? Just remember is you go DIY your resale value will not reflect your investment while factory performance upgrades will.

That’s a great point. If it’s factory, it’s going to improve resale value. The world is full of guys who tack on aftermarket parts and gadgets then hike the price of the car at resale thinking Joe Blow used car buyer is going to pay retail for his stuff. For me, it just means he expects me to share his taste in wheels and parts, mods and gizmos then pay through the nose for it. Its like diamonds – The value is to the beholder-how good it makes the owner feel. Diamonds are ridiculously valued because they are anything but rare. Just ask DeBeers, or try to sell that used ring and think you’ll get much for it. I’d rather choose my own stuff, then return the car to stock when I’m done with it. The market agrees. Another truth is that a person who buys a performance Tesla has beaten the crap out of it. The whole reason for stiffer springs or track mode is to push the machinery and wear it out faster. I want to buy a NON PERFORMANCE Tesla pre-owned. Chances are that car has not been hammered as much or pushed to LUDICROUS MODE to… Read more »

Track mode = Unadulterated by nannies. “IT” is valuable, but Tesla’s package offers little useful hardware beyond brakes. And folks are already paying up.

I disagree. The suspension modifications are very useful as well. Developing suitable alternatives could be very time consuming and expensive. To make a good track car requires a lot of time on the track and in the machine shop. The factory can do it cheaper by amortizing it across a lot more drivers.

Can you cite Tesla using different suspension parts, for M3P? The 1cm lowering might suggest other things, but it is also easy to just “ring” the strut perch 1cm lower. Any different spring/shock selection? I haven’t test driven the RWD M3, but can’t imagine it being softer than the M3P I have. All I did confirm was that M3P shocks say ‘Made in Mexico’, just like RWD versions. No rear sway. Reading this story again, as updated, I think no matter everyone’s opinions this is a place Tesla needs to be careful how little they step away from the M3. To offer a ~60-70k car, with the word “Performance” in it, and have a single drive-mode doesn’t fly (“Chill” notwithstanding). It doesn’t match other marques “performance” offerings. Model S slip is super-conservative and, when triggered, power doesn’t recover until the steering wheel is substantially straight. -I hope non-track mode isn’t the same, here (I didn’t do any more than find out a little under-steer doesn’t shut things down). Not giving M3P orders ‘track mode’ is a separate bad move. The cars are super stable, and hard to provoke, but this buyer should expect every ounce of power, no matter how… Read more »

That should have been clear from the start but it makes perfect sense.

Agreed… I can see the extra cost. Just make it clear when ordering the car. I struggle with the options when I ordered mine and the most important aspect of making that decision is knowing what the your getting for the extra money.

Silly money for a silly upgrade. Guess that’s what you get for being stuck in the publicly traded it’s all about next quarter’s profit mode.

Yes, people buying this kind of car are out for fun, not practicality. In a way it’s silly — but not more so than most other hobbies.

Either way, I pretty damn sure this has nothing to do with Tesla being public or private.

While Track Mode looked cool as he11, I couldn’t justify the $10k for the P model, little lone another $5 for that. Plus, while I love spoilers, not a fan of that one. Would love to have it…heck yes. Just couldn’t justify that additional spend.

That goes with just about any car with sporting intention. Take for example the BMW 3-series, the Model 3’s direct competition. Its lowest priced model is 320i starting at $35 up to the M3 around $70K. The BMW M3 Competition Package costs upward $100K. The Model 3 starts at $35K and maxes out at $80K with all options including Track Mode, EAP and FSD software suite.

So pay for what you want, and be thankful you have the option to do that (except the $35K Model 3 at the moment).

As for the Model 3 Performance with Performance Upgrade Package – yes it’s a silly and confusing use of word – I do expect a slight bump in peak power from 450hp by optimizing the power curve once they are finished with Track Mode. That will justify the $5K extra cost although I think the package is well priced. A similar upgrade for the BMW M3 will cost several times that.

Having track mode without the track brakes and track wheels/tires is like grabbing an umbrella to walk in the rain, while not wearing any clothes.

If they sold the track mode without the rest of the track package, there would be some maroons who overheat their non-track brakes and slide off the track in their non-track All-Season tires, and then claim that the TM3 sucked on the track.

If you are going to the track, don’t half-arse it, do it right.

If an extra $5k is too much for you to afford for going to the track, you have no business taking your $65K+ car to the track. There is no car insurance while tracking a car. You are risking a total loss. If you wreck, you own a $65K+ salvage vehicle. Get an old Miata for the track if $5K for a track package busts your budget.

The two brake options are Hawk pads, that don’t melt, or Mountain Pass Performance aftermarket rotor/hats. Nothing against M3P’s bigger rotors and calipers.

People who track economize more than most think. Don’t assume $5k comes easy, especially if it’s for the “rear spoiler”.

Some insurers still offer “driver ed” events under their default policies, but read before you wreck.

Don’t be daft, You can, and arguably should, track any car to learn its limits and improve your car control skills. Get your car inspected for track worthiness and get a good instructor in the right seat.

I bought the Performance model specifically so I could take it to the track before knowing Track Mode was a thing. I ordered light weight 19″ wheels with PS4s and the MPP brakes in anticipation.

I want the performance package but I dont want to pay for it. Does that sum up their argument?


“In what some may call an unfair move…”

Anytime someone talks about how “unfair” something is in real life, I have to wonder how they got to be an adult without learning… Well, William Goldman said it best in The Princess Bride (the book; this was after the printing press, but before the movie), where a child’s mentor tells him:

“Life isn’t fair, Bill. We tell our children that it is, but it’s a terrible thing to do. It’s not only a lie, it’s a cruel lie. Life is not fair, and it never has been, and it’s never going to be.”

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But okay, certainly Tesla should have clarified to those ordering Model 3’s, when Tesla added “Track Mode”, that this was not available without adding the Performance Upgrade Package on top of the Performance package.

The article makes no sense to me. You need the performance option for the performance model of the car??? You mean you need the performance option for the dual motor car???

You can’t just buy the Model 3 Performance if you want track mode. You have to buy the Model 3 Performance and also add the Performance Upgrade Package. Track mode is not available if you don’t add the extra $5,000 package. Simply paying the extra $10,000 to upgrade the dual-motor all-wheel-drive Model 3 to the Performance trim won’t get you track mode.

I would love to get the Track Mode whit the regular Dual Motors. Reduced maximum performance vs Performance Model but great fun and more affordable.

How does charging ridiculous amounts for track mode advance Tesla’s mission statement?

It increases their profit which allows investing in the infrastructure and R&D.

If it means Tesla’s profit margin for the Model 3 will improve, then that might let them put the Standard Range, $35k Tesla Model 3 into production sooner. That would most definitely be advancing Tesla’s mission statement!

So thanks for raising the subject. And here you thought you were just trolling for comments! 😆

It robs Peter to pay Paul. If your mission is to make roads safer, you believe AI can do it, and the customers you like most lust for no-steering wheel, you’d logically ask “ridiculous amounts” from drivers.

The biggest AV profits come when we all have to get in one, for the greater good.

To put my business hat on, I say Tesla has got it right. When Ben Sullins of Teslanomics who is an economy and data analyst buys a stock Model 3 and has to justify to the wife why lowering the car and making it ride like a chuckwagon over common roads while scraping the battery pack over speed bumps and steep driveways, I think some sound thinking would be refreshing. Ben’s wife tells him in retrospect she feels lowering the car was a bad idea. Ya Think? That was Ben the logical fighting Ben the testosterone-filled, emotional and “I still got it!” married dad guy. “But honey, the rubber band thick tires on big wheels and blackout treatment just makes the car….um….safer! Yeah, That’s it!” We all have that immature boy inside, who wants to impress his buddies and make chicks think he’s sexy…or rich…or both. Disposable income is sexy, right? Sometimes wives just put up with this irrational behaviour. God bless ’em! Musk has hundreds of little boy Ludicrous Mode wowee and dragstrip videos on YouTube to back up the decision to cash in on our immaturity, Of course 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds isn’t enough. I need to scratch… Read more »