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Tesla Model Y Performance wait times up by a couple of months

If you’re looking at the more expensive Tesla Model Y Performance grade, be prepared to wait an extra two months or so.

Tesla’s delivery calculator now advises expected arrival times for the $96,700 before on-road costs (also excluding $4000 in luxury car tax) Model Y Performance of between April and June 2023.

Previously it advised delivery times of between February and May 2023. This same delivery window remains in place for the cheaper ($72,300 plus on-roads) base Model Y RWD.

Over the base Model Y, the more expensive Model Y Performance upgrades to a dual-motor AWD system, has an extra 59km of range (514km WLTP) from its higher-energy battery, and slashes the 0-100km/h time from 6.9 seconds to 3.7 seconds.

It also adds 21-inch ‘Überturbine’ wheels, performance brakes, lowered suspension, alloy pedals, and has a higher top speed of 250km/h.

After a series of delays, and further snags from the Shanghai plant, Model Y deliveries got underway in Australia during August. The company has been taking more right-hand drive interest than it expected, as Elon Musk said in June.

“We’re working on accelerating RHD Model Y production. Didn’t expect demand to be so high!” Musk said on Twitter, replying to a tweet about strong demand for the EV crossover.

The Model Y and Model 3 are the two most in-demand EVs on sale, with Tesla accounting for more than half of all EV sales this year in Australia.

Model Y deliveries in August were 1017 units, making it far an away the nation’s top-selling premium mid-sized SUV (the next closest was the BMW X3 petrol, hybrid and EV range at 420 units).

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