The power figures of the Tesla Model S, X, 3 and Y have just leaked thanks to the approval data of the American administration. With some bad surprises in the program.
If you are used to the Tesla configurator, you may have noticed that it is almost impossible to find out the power of the cars sold there. “Almost” because there is indeed a version whose power is one of the key arguments: it is the Plaid. On the Model S like the Model X for that matter. The only version currently available on the large sedan as the imposing SUV of the Californian firm (now Texan), indeed proudly displays its 1020 horsepower. It’s written black on white, on the site, in the middle of their amazing features.
Official figures from the administration
On the other hand, by selecting the most popular Model 3 and Model Y, it is impossible to know the real power of the different versions. But then why so much secrecy around what is often a strong argument in buying a car? And how do you know what real power the cars currently have in the configurator? To find out, the serious media Clean Automotive was able to have access to the documents of the American administration, more precisely the homologation sheets, in which one finds the values as announced by the manufacturer.
Since the Model S Plaid and Model X Plaid proudly announce 1020 horsepower on the Palo Alto firm’s website, let’s start there. And there, according to the figures revealed by our colleagues, the Model S would indeed be faithful to the figures announced. On the other hand, with regard to the Model X, the more than 1000 horsepower would be misleading. Indeed, the power would only be 938 horsepower or 690 kW, or 82 horsepower differences with the commercial plate.
As for the Model S and Model X “just short”, or Dual Motor versions, which will be available again from us in 2023 according to the online configurator, the 670 horsepower announced are indeed in line with the data. administration: the sedan is selected for 671 horsepower, the SUV for 669 horsepower.
The case of Model 3 and Model Y
Let’s come to the power figures of the best-selling Tesla in France and in the world: the Model 3. Three versions are in the catalog: Propulsion, Long Autonomy and Performance. Still according to our colleagues from Automobile Propre and the approval figures obtained, the sedan has powers between 269 and 436 horsepower.
For the Model Y, offered only in the Long Autonomy and Performance versions, the powers retained during homologation are 395 and 423 horsepower, i.e. slightly lower than those of the Model 3 sedan.
Values that can change overnight
Note that these power values correspond to the 2022 models, but may not exactly correspond to the versions of previous years. In effect, different production sites can affect the power, due to different technologies, especially in terms of motors and batteries, which have changed on different occasions. Which could reserve different figures on previous versions.
Take the example of the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+), which has since become Propulsion, which started with 50 kWh NCA batteries, to swap them in 2021 for 55 kWh LFP batteries which were heavier. But despite this extra weight, the car had an identical 0 to 100 km/h.
We can therefore imagine that the power between these two versions was different as announced by some sites (286 hp against 325 hp). And to make matters worse, the new Model 3 Propulsion and its 60 kWh LFP battery incorporates a less powerful 269 hp engine, which explains the 0 to 100 km/h set back (6.1 seconds against 5.6 seconds for previous models).
Also, it would seem that the Tesla, when they pass on a test bench, display powers higher than those of the homologation. The “real” powers will therefore be even higher than those indicated in the table. Anyway, they are more than enough for daily use.
Tesla power ratings
|Model||Power in hp||Power in kW|
|Tesla Model 3 Drive||269||198|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy||398||293|
|Tesla Model 3 Performance||436||321|
|Tesla Model Y Long Range||395||291|
|Tesla Model Y Performance||424||312|
|Tesla Model S Long Range||671||494|
|Tesla Model S Poster||1020||750|
|Tesla Model X Long Autonomy||669||492|
|Tesla Model X Performance||938||690|
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