Tesla’s China Edition Model 3 Performance Has A Special Set Of Wheels

A selection of images of the Chinese-specification Tesla Model 3 Performance has surfaced online in the People’s Republic.

The images were first shared by Twitter user JainShanghai and reveal that the sports sedan comes equipped with a set of wheels distinctive from those of the U.S.-spec Model 3 Performance.

At 19-inches, these alloy rims, dubbed the Power Sports wheels, are slightly smaller than the 20-inch shoes of the North American models. Not only do the Power Sports wheels have a different spoke design but they also feature exposed lug nuts and make do without center caps. However, it is likely that the center caps simply weren’t fitted on these units as they were being transported. The official renderings in the gallery below show the new wheels with the aero caps installed.

Beyond the wheels, it doesn’t seem as though Tesla Model 3 Performance vehicles bound for China are any different than those sold elsewhere. If that is indeed the case, the potent sedan comes outfitted with a pair of electric motors delivering an impressive 450 hp. This is enough grunt to leave European rivals like the Mercedes-AMG C63 and BMW M3 in the dust.

While deliveries of the Model 3 Dual Motor and Model 3 Performance have kicked off in China, local customers won’t get their hands on the Standard Range variant until mid-2019 at the earliest.

The arrival of the Tesla Model 3 Performance in China comes about a month after the electric automaker cut local prices of the Model 3 by 7.6 per cent in response to declining sales.

Earlier this month, Tesla broke ground at its 860,000-square-meter facility in Shanghai. Dubbed Gigafactory 3, this facility will start building the Model 3 before the end of the year and start building the Model Y crossover in 2020.

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  • Knarck

    I like the paper that just says Chinese on it

  • no25

    okay, cool?

  • NOT VERY ATTRACTIVE. AT LEAST THE AERO WHEEL COVERS ON THE BASE MODEL CAN BE REMOVED TO REVEAL ATTRACTIVE RIMS UNDERNEATH.

  • These wheels look special and beautiful for the Chinese.

    • Matt

      Erm, they don’t really look that good.

  • europeon

    Really, you wrote an “article” about this?

  • Dude

    The design is reminiscent of the wheels I’ve seen on niche European sports cars in the 2000-10s (it’s a very specific vibe lol) though I think they’re just kinda good here

  • Ilbirs

    Considering Chinese tastes, can we expect that this model will be elongated when compared to the other specs sold around the globe?

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