Tesla Gives Model 3 A 5% Power Increase Via Software Update

As promised by Elon Musk a while back, Tesla has come out with a new software update that should make the Model 3 even faster.

Thanks to firmware version 2019.8.2, the entry-level Tesla gets a 5% increase in peak power output.

That power increase applies to all Model 3 variants, including the Long Range RWD version, which according to Electrek’s Jeff Benjamin now feels “a bit more peppy”, while the Performance version gets a 162 mph top speed.

An image shared by a user with the alias 22marks on Reddit also shows us what else is new in the update. So aside from a message that reads “Your vehicle’s peak power has been increased by approximately 5%, improving acceleration and performance”, owners are also informed about how they can initiate the Summon function using their key fob.

Then there’s the Sentry Mode function, which “continuously monitors your car’s surroundings” when stationary, using cameras to scan for potential threats – and it’s already proved that it works as advertised.

In any case, we’d like to hear from other Model 3 owners too, as we’re curious to know just how much of a difference a 5% power output boost can make in a car that can already accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 3.2 seconds in Dual Motor AWD Performance spec.

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    • Jay

      Not many of them but AFAIK some infotainment systems can be updated. Does that count? No, okay.

      • S3XY

        No. All their infotainment systems are trash.

      • S3XY

        Majority of infotainment systems in other cars are slow and unresponsive.

      • Dude

        That counts as an improvement

    • Arthur Burnside

      I hope the extra speed doesn’t put you in the morgue.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Well, the speed part is up to the driver. Tesla has provided a POWER upgrade. Not a speed upgrade.

    • Mr. EP9

      Plenty of manufactures in the form of a mid-cycle refresh.

      • S3XY

        No. Tesla enhanced the actual performance of the vehicle through a software update.

        Owners woke up with their car being faster

        No automaker has or can do that to their vehicles.

        • Mr. EP9

          They don’t need to because they can spend the time making the vehicle better by the time a new generation is due.

      • You mean you need to buy a new car when they do that 🙂 I won’t even go into how much I would need to pay on my Beemer to “update” the navigation. Traditional companies are a joke compared to Tesla and you know it.

  • Arthur Burnside

    Elon Musk talks safety and then allows his cars to travel at more than twiuce the legal limit. Worse yet, he trumpets the fact as an inducement for braindead customers. Volvo restricts their electrics to a little over 100MPH.
    If Musk believed in safety rather the almighty profit margin, he woulldn’t be
    accused of killing his customers

    • TheBelltower

      Volvo “restricts their electrics?” Which ones? So you’re clear, Teslas are safer than Volvos.

      • Rahul Mandala

        I have to Respectfully Disagree. Actually, what Volvo did was just them putting a limiter on the speed to 112 MPH, which I agree is not the brightest of moves, but it’s also part of the “No deaths in Volvos” promise that Volvo gave for 2020. As for safety, Volvos have always been proven to be safe, even after Tesla came in to the auto industry, they are just as safe as any Tesla, if not more.

        • TheBelltower

          I grew up with Volvos in my family, and they used to be able to claim “no deaths” for several years. But that’s when they were niche. While I believe it’s smart to have that as a goal again, it’s unlikely that they will be able to claim this since they’ve gone mass market. Today, no Volvo is as safe as the comparable Tesla. Though they may all get the same star rating, the Teslas fare better in crash tests. Limiting a car to 112 MPH is not meaningful since most crashes occur at speeds below that. Even though I’ll never drive 140 on public roads, I want a car to be able to safely travel at those speeds because it requires a much higher level of engineering to achieve.

          • Rahul Mandala

            I can see your point, but Volvos today are arguably stable at such speeds, because they are engineered much better than when Ford owned them, not that I hate Ford or Volvos that came out when they were under Ford. The new XC90, S90, XC60, etc. all got very great ratings even when the company itself is mass market now. The Volvos today are robustly built. The Teslas are safe and a have a lot of tech to them, but when you see Volvos of today hold up in much, much worse crashes they end up protecting the owner, because not only shall their owners be safe, but it is what Volvo stands for.


    • stockinbug

      …Elon Musk talks safety and then allows his cars…

      Tesla’s cars all have perfect 5-star safety ratings in every category from NHTSA. This beats every automaker for safety (even Volvo.)

  • S3XY

    People use to and still do take their cars to shops, tear out their engines, upgrade camshafts, install tuning chips that increase HP

    Tesla owners wake up in the morning with a full charge and their cars acceleration and top speed increased via a software update.

    Welcome to the future.

    • TheBelltower

      Increasing the performance of a tractor is a lot different than increasing the performance of an EV that’s been developed by a modern company.

      • Matt

        Throwing shade on ICE…. sad to all the enthusiasts who love engines.

        • TheBelltower

          I own ICE cars too. But be honest now… it’s a massive Rube Goldberg device, and a lot of work goes into suppressing the noise and racket. Otherwise they would literally sound like farm tractors. Maybe I’ve owned too many British cars, which do all sound like tractors.

    • Bash

      where is the fun of working on your own car? the whole concept of Project car is gone!.

    • PhilMcGraw

      Just thought I’d point out that there are OBD II hookups that can also increase power and torque by about the same percentage if not more.

      Not saying that this isn’t neat that this happened, but just an FYI that it is possible for other vehicles to increase power with just a hookup to a computer.

    • salamOOn

      yeah, unless you need to replace your 6000 dollar bumber.

  • Dude

    Nice. A 5% boost doesn’t seem like much that that’s really important for the RWD version. Those models use a permanent magnet motor instead of an induction motor like the S, X, and AWD 3 models use. These are cheaper but because of a phenomenon called reluctance the torque isn’t as instant (which is a big thing that pushes people to upgrade to the AWD model). I’m betting that added “pep” is an improvement to the motor controller that allows for more fun and instant acceleration.

  • Daniela Wolf

    Tesla pls boost our range to a acceptable 1000 km level with via Update, thx….

    • 1000 for what? The 0.01% who doesn’t stop even for a pee break?

      • Daniela Wolf

        Mine can even reach 1100 km…..

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