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Tesla Kills Off The Best Model 3


You can no longer buy this specific version of the Tesla Model 3.

Introduced in 2017, the Model 3 Long-Range Rear-Wheel Drive was the first version of Tesla's compact electric sedan. In its current guise, it delivers a range of 325 miles on a single charge. In recent months, both the Long Range RWD and Standard Range RWD were removed from Tesla’s online design studio, meaning you could only order them on the phone or visit a local Tesla store.

At the time, Tesla said the change was made to "ensure that our online order process is focused exclusively on the three Model 3 variants customers want most.” Now, it seems it’s no longer possible to order the Long Range RWD version of the Model 3.

As revealed by InsideEVs, a message sent to customers by Tesla confirms that production of the Long Range RWD Model 3 has been "immediately halted by the plant”.

"This means that this version is no longer available,” the message continued. "Current offers are no longer delivered. We are currently examining the extent to which the plant has always produced [sic] produced your previously placed orders… Next week, we will inform you of the orders we can no longer deliver and the alternative we can offer.”

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It’s a shame the Tesla Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive has been discontinued because it offered excellent value with a its 325-mile range and a 0-62 mph time of 4.9 seconds, which is only 0.5 seconds slower than the AWD version. This means Model 3 customers will now have to either downgrade to the $31,850 Standard Range Plus, or upgrade to the $41,850 Long Range AWD model.

Tesla hasn’t said why it’s discontinuing the Tesla Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, but the company is most likely trying to streamline production of the Model 3. Let’s also not forget that Tesla probably makes a higher profit margin on the AWD version.