|Tesla Discontinues Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive Model 3|
Jun 17, 2019 at 8:35am
By: Mark Kane, European Editor
In the latest edition, the Model 3 LR RWD was rated at 325 miles (523 km) of range. Now, customers need to choose between shorter range or all-wheel drive versions.
One of the latest change in the constantly changing Tesla offer is reportedly the discontinuation of the Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive version of the Model 3.
The Long-Range RWD was the first version of the Model 3, introduced in mid-2017. In recent months, Tesla removed the LR RWD and Standard Range RWD from the online design studio, offering the two only through direct call or a visit in the store.
Now, it seems that LR RWD Model 3 will not be available anymore - at least temporarily - probably to simplify the production process.
The news comes from customers, via Jeremy Judkins' video, who received info about the halt of LR RWD production at the Tesla plant.
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The Tesla Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive was one of the best value propositions on the market because it offered 325 miles (523 km) of EPA range, while the 0-60 mph acceleration of 4.9 seconds was not far from the AWD version (4.4 seconds).
It's a shame for price-sensitive Tesla customers who wanted long range, but not necessarily the top performance.
On the other hand, Tesla probably didn't produce a lot of those and the AWD version will be sold at a higher margin we guess. The streamlining of production at a busy Tesla Factory is also a likely reason.