Tesla is in the process of rolling out a software update that sees the company's Model 3 power boosted by five percent, per Teslarati. The car has been in production for over a year but it's set to get a bit faster with Tesla unleashing more potential following rigorous testing.
The update was announced in a blog post which unveiled the $35,000 Model 3. And Tesla CEO Elon Musk subsequently revealed that it would increase the vehicle's power by five percent while boosting the top speed by 10 km/h or 7mph.
"Firmware update coming later this month will increase power by ~5% & top speed by 10 km/h or 7mph," he tweeted.
Firmware update coming later this month will increase power by ~5% & top speed by 10 km/h or 7mph— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019
Two weeks removed from the announcement regarding the Model 3's performance boost, certain owners have begun receiving the update, with release notes for firmware 2019.8.2 being revealed in a Reddit post.
"Your vehicle’s peak power has been increased by approximately 5%, improving acceleration and Performance," the update description reads.
Some Model 3 Performance drivers have carried out independent tests and have confirmed that the car is already able to go from 0-60 seconds in 3.18 seconds, which means that the five percent increase in power will only allow it to hit that mark faster.
Musk had previously stated that the Model 3's 155 mph top speed was an electronic limitation, not a physical one. So the car's speed could be increased via over-the-air instructions that prompt the engine's motors to spin faster.
The CEO also explains that the decision to hand the car more speed via the new firmware was reached after lots of testing.
“We’d electronically limited the Model 3 Performance to 155 mph," he said. "That was not a physical limit but an electronic limit.
"After a lot of testing, we now feel we can increase that limit by 10 km/h or 7 mph, and that just ends up being an rpm increase in the motors. The two motors just spin faster. I think they’re going somewhere along the lines of 19,000 rpm."
This upgrade covers all Model 3 vehicles, the Long Range rear-wheel drive and the Dual Motor variants included.