Australian Tesla customers pining for a Model Y with more range have finally had their calls answered.

Tesla has quietly added the Model Y Long Range to its Australian lineup, filling the gap between the base RWD and top-spec Performance models.

The much-requested Long Range model was added to Tesla’s online order portal with it priced at $81,900 before on-road costs, with first deliveries of the new Model Y variant estimated for May-to-June this year.

Tesla claims a WLTP range estimate of 533km for the Model Y Long Range, compared with 455km for the RWD and 514km for the Performance variant.

Its top speed is limited to 217km/h like the RWD model, but thanks to the addition of a front motor to give it all-wheel drive, it will scoot from 0-100km/h in just 5.0 seconds rather than the RWD’s 6.9 seconds but behind the Performance’s 3.7-second claim.

As with the Model Y RWD, the Long Range comes in Pearl White Multi-Coat with a black interior and on 19-inch Gemini wheels as standard. Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, and Deep Blue Metallic are $1500 extra, Red Multi-Coat paint is a $2400 option, and 20-inch Induction alloy wheels also ask for $2400 extra. A white interior is also available for $1500.

As with all Model Y variants, Enhanced Autopilot is a $5100 option, while Full Self-Driving Capability charges $10,100 extra.

Coinciding with the quiet launch of the Long Range model, Tesla has also lowered the pricing on the Model Y RWD by $400, bringing it back to its original launch price of $68,900.

2023 Tesla Model Y Australian pricing

  • RWD – $68,900 (down $400)
  • Long Range AWD – $81,900 (new)
  • Performance AWD – $98,435 (unchanged; including LCT)

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Tesla Model 3 prices slashed in Australia

Also coinciding with the launch of the Model Y Long Range, Tesla has slashed prices across the Model 3 sedan lineup.

The most popular electric vehicle in Australia, the price of the cheapest Model 3 has been dropped by $3400, bringing the entry point to the range down to just $60,900 before on-road costs.

The mid-spec Model 3 Long Range variant has also incurred a $3400 price cut, while the top-spec Performance variant has had $3880 cut from its price tag inclusive of Luxury Car Tax (LCT).

As revealed by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries in its 2022 Zero and Low Emission Vehicles Report, the Tesla Model 3 was easily the best-selling EV in Australia last year with 10,877 units shifted, while the Model Y sat behind it in second with 8717 units sold.

2023 Tesla Model 3 Australian pricing

  • RWD – $60,900 (down $3400)
  • Long Range AWD – $73,900 (down $3400)
  • Performance – $88,035 (down $3880; including LCT)
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