Tesla: $ 2,000 update saves half a second of acceleration – 20 Minutes

A Tesla dealership in Colorado, June 7, 2020. – David Zalubowski / AP / SIPA

2,000 dollars, or 1,700 euros. This is the price that Tesla Model Y owners have to pay to get an "acceleration boost," reported on September 25. Electrek, relayed by Numerama. How much is there to really gain by accepting this update from the Californian manufacturer? “Half a second less” to go from 0 to 100 km / h behind the wheel of the crossover.

In detail, the Model Y reaches 100 km / h from a standing start in 4.8 seconds. With the software update offered by Tesla, this speed will be reached in 4.3 seconds. To access these new performances, simply go to the vehicle's dashboard and go to the "refresh" tab. However, the crossover update is only offered for the "Dual Motor AWD" model.

Restricted cars

What then is the secret of this half-second gained? Tesla vehicles are restrained, explains Numerama. The Model Y Performance is designed to reach 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds. But for Tesla, there is no question of offering this acceleration on the cheaper models. The Model Y Performance is sold for $ 10,000 more than the Dual Motor AWD.

This is not the first time that Tesla has offered such updates. At the end of December 2019, the Model 3, the last vehicle marketed by the American manufacturer, had benefited from an increase in acceleration.

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