Tesla Model Y Performance is higher than that of the Model 3 Performance, according to measurements of power output from the vehicle’s dual electric motors.
Weisblat’s measurements of both motors on each vehicle reveal that both the Front and Rear motors on the Model Y have a higher energy output than that of the Model 3, despite them being the same. The front motor of the Model Y has a higher output by 18 kW, while the rear motor of the Model Y is producing 15.5 kW more energy. Why would Tesla decide to have the Model Y’s motors both produce more power than the Model 3’s? Weisblat has a theory.
“I’m thinking the motors [on both vehicles] are the same, and they’re just giving more power to the Model Y to make it a little bit quicker to compensate for the weight,” Weisblat implies. However, a higher horsepower doesn’t necessarily mean a faster vehicle, especially in a quarter-mile setting.
Weisblat took the following power out reading on his Model Y with Performance Upgrade and Model 3 Performance:
Tesla Model Y Performance Power Output
- Maximum Discharge Power: 433 kW
- Maximum Battery Power: 402 kW
- Maximum Front Motor Power: 198.5 kW
- Maximum Rear Motor Power: 270.5 kW
Tesla Model 3 Performance Power Output
- Maximum Discharge Power: 431 kW
- Maximum Battery Power: 416 kW
- Maximum Front Motor Power: 180.5 kW
- Maximum Rear Motor Power: 255 kW
Based on the power output readings from both vehicles, it appears that Model 3 Performance is limited to approximately 579.215 horsepower, while the output from Model Y’s electric motors churn out roughly 44.56 more horsepower at a total 623.77 horsepower.
Recently, the Model Y Performance was pegged against the Model 3 Performance in a drag race performed by Tesla enthusiast Brian Jenkins of i1Tesla. The race found that the Model 3 Performance was the quicker of the two vehicles on a quarter-mile drag strip, however, 0-60 sprints proved very similar.
Tesla’s ability to increase power output in their vehicles isn’t something new to the Silicon Valley-based electric carmaker. The company released a 5% power boost via an over-the-air software update in late 2019, ahead of its regular “Holiday Update”. Because Model Y Performance shares the same electric motors as its sibling Model 3, yet determined to have higher power output, one can presume that Model 3 Performance may still have a few extra electrons that can be “uncorked” down the road.
Watch DragTimes’ Model Y Performance vs. Model 3 Performance power output test below.