Tesla has officially started offering the Model Y crossover in a Standard Range rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configuration in Europe. As the most affordable version of the Model Y in the UK, pricing has been set at £51,990 which is £6,000 less than the Model Y Long Range.
When Tesla first unveiled the Model Y, it became very clear that it was really just an inflated Tesla Model 3. It looks like a Model 3 after an all-you-can-eat buffet, it's built on the same platform, and initially, it seemed it would be offered in the same configurations.
The new Model Y trim in the UK is listed as "Rear-Wheel-Drive.” The new variant came as part of an update to Tesla's online configurator in Europe, and it is now available in a number of European countries.
The "entry-level" Model Y has 283 miles of WLTP range. The Model Y Long Range in Europe offers 331 miles, which is about the same as the US version, though we're talking about two very different range estimates.
Electrek writes that the Model Y RWD has the same 135 mph top speed as the Model Y Long Range in Europe. However, the new variant doesn't accelerate nearly as quickly. A sprint from zero to 62 mph takes 6.9 seconds.
With that said, the most compelling piece of news is the Model Y Rear-Wheel-Drive's price. The report notes that in the Netherlands, it starts at just €50,000, which is a €16,000 savings over the Long Range version. The price includes VAT of about €8,850, so the car's actual price is €41,150.