Tesla Model 3 Long Range rear-wheel drive axed

Tesla has apparently discontinued production of the original Model 3 long Range RWD, a version of the electric sedan that was first introduced in mid-2017. According to InsideEVs, the Model 3 LR RWD and Standard Range RWD were taken down from the online design studio, but customers can still order the cars through direct call or in-store visitations.

The actual news came from customer Jeremy Judkins’ video, who received info about the production stoppage. It seems that the move may be temporary, perhaps to simplify the production process.

To recap, the full-electric Tesla Model 3 is priced from US$35,000 (RM145k) and comes with a range of 354 km. It has a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 209 km/h. An extra US$9,000 (RM37k) buys a long-range model which can stretch to 499 km, do 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and top out at 225 km/h.

A higher performance AWD model with the dual motor all-wheel drive is also available, which accelerates from 0 to 98 km/h in 3.5 seconds. It has a sportier look, wearing huge 20-inch wheels with bigger brakes and lowered suspension. There’s also a carbon-fibre spoiler that helps improve stability at higher speeds.

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