Officially, Tesla claims the Model Y will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.
With customer deliveries of the Tesla Model Y now underway, owners are finally getting to experience Tesla's electric crossover. Some owners are wasting no time conducting real-world tests to see how Tesla's performance claims hold up. Officially, the dual-motor Performance version of the Model Y will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds when fitted with 19-inch Gemini wheels or the Performance Upgrade package that adds larger brakes and 21-inch Uberturbine wheels.
YouTube channel DAErik recently tested the Model Y's acceleration after the owner received delivery of the electric crossover and discovered it's much quicker than Tesla is advertising. Using a Racelogic VBOX Sport device, the YouTuber performed three 0-60 mph acceleration tests of the Model Y with the Performance Upgrade installed with the battery charged up to 90 percent and the tire pressure set at 40 psi.
In the first run, the Tesla Model Y sprinted from 0-60 mph in 3.30 seconds, 0-100 mph in 8.12 seconds, 30-70 mph in 2.72 seconds, and 50-70 mph in 1.53 seconds. During the second run, 0-60 mph took 3.43 seconds, while 0-100 mph took 8.19 seconds, 30-70 mph took 2.72 seconds, and 50-70 mph took 1.55 seconds.
In the final run, 0-60 mph was achieved in 3.40 seconds, while the 0-100 mph sprint was achieved in 8.15 seconds, 30-70 mph took 2.77 seconds, and 50-70 mph took 1.53 seconds. Impressively, the Model Y Performance's quickest 0-62 mph time was 3.30 seconds, which is two-tenths of a second quicker than what Tesla claims.
Taking an average from the three tests, the Tesla Model Y will hit 0-62 mph in 3.376 seconds, meaning it would destroy similarly sized SUVs and crossovers in a drag race. For comparison, the Mercedes-Benz GLC300 will do the same sprint in 6.1 seconds.
We're not very surprised about this discovery since Tesla's claimed performance figures are often very conservative. When the Tesla Model 3 Long Range launched, it was advertised with a 0-62 mph time of 5.1 seconds but it was soon discovered the electric sedan was capable of much faster sprint times.