As performance optimization and individual styling specialists, the Ingelheim am Rhein-based
technicians at Senner Tuning have built an outstanding reputation in recent decades – not
only in the Rhine-Main area and the surrounding region, but well beyond as well. Senner
Tuning is renowned for its genuine technical expertise, which it combines with stringent quality
standards, consistently faultless documentation and accurate entries in vehicle
Benno Senner and his team have now turned their attention to a rather unusual subject for the
tuning scene: the Tesla Model 3. You might well be wondering whether tuning an electric car
actually makes sense? Well, the answer is clear: yes, it does! The benefits appear not only in
terms of a more sporty look and optimized driving behavior but also in terms of a parameter
that is far more important to EV owners than those who drive cars with combustion engines,
namely the vehicle’s range.
As an established KW Performance Partner for more than 20 years, Senner Tuning naturally
turned to a product from the Fichtenberg-based experts to upgrade the Tesla Model 3’s
suspension. In their work on the Tesla Model 3 Performance shown here, the tuners installed
a KW Variant 3 coilover suspension that not only allows for stepless body lowering but also
makes it possible to configure the compression and rebound stages separately.
The ability to make such delicate adjustments enables more dynamic yet also comfortable
handling than with the series suspension, which is often criticized as being wooden and
indifferent. That’s not all, though, as lowering the body also reduces overall wind resistance.
Tests by the leading German electric car rental company Nextmove showed that a Tesla
Model 3 (RWD) fitted with the KW Variant 3 coilover suspension benefited from a reduction of
up to 7%. You can expect even more from this Model 3 Performance if Senner Tuning tunes
its suspension to perfection and equips this EV with weight-optimized tire/rim combinations in
OEM dimensions, which can reduce the rotating mass by up to 40% compared to the factoryfitted
wheels.This can boost the range by up to 10% – which, in the case of the top-of-therange model with all-wheel drive (which Tesla claims has a range of 567km when leaving the factory), means an additional 57km.
Senner Tuning fitted the Tesla Model 3 Performance shown here with lightweight Kharma rims
from Cor.Speed Sports Wheels. Produced using the flow-forming process, these rims
measure 9×20″ with Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires measuring 245/35ZR20 on the front axle
and 10×20″ with 275/30ZR20 tires on the rear axle. While the Kharma wheels on the left side
of the vehicle have a hi-gloss brushed bronze finish, the rims of the right side have a more
neutral brushed silver finish.
Senner Tuning completes all modifications, tuning work and TÜV entries in-house as a matter of
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