Rear-drive Tesla Model Y is on sale from £51,990

The entry-level rear-drive variant of the Tesla Model Y has gone on sale in the UK, with prices starting at £51,990 ahead of deliveries from December this year.

Previously, the Ford Mustang Mach-E rival was only available with a twin-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration in Long Range or Performance specifications.

The new rear-wheel-drive Model Y cuts the long-range variant by £6,000. Tesla doesn’t disclose battery sizes, but the company claims WLTP range of up to 267 miles on 20-inch wheels and 283 miles on a 19-inch set.

Performance is rated at around 260 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.6 seconds, making the rear-wheel-drive Model Y almost as fast as the Volkswagen ID 4 GTX at all-wheel drive (6.2 sec). Top speed is capped at 135 mph.

Tesla doesn’t sell its cars with specific trim levels, so equipment includes standard Tesla features, such as the company’s Autopilot system, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and a premium 13-speaker audio system.

Drivers of the car will also have access to Tesla’s supercharging network. It currently has around 9,000 chargers across Europe, with charging speeds of up to 170 kW.

The Model Y first went on sale in the UK in 2019. Built at Tesla’s gigafactory in Shanghai, the electric crossover is currently Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle.

From the start of the year to the end of June 2022, the firm sold 44,468 Model Ys across the continent, according to data from analytics firm Jato Dynamics.

This is about double the number of Volkswagen ID 4 cars (22,570) sold during the same period. The Tesla Model 3 also sold 39,897 units.

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