The $2,000 'Acceleration Boost' is now available to Model Y owners.
No one has ever accused Tesla of being slow - well perhaps with the exception of Lucid Motors. To the rest of the world, a Tesla is a piece of green technology that will slay supercars in a heartbeat. Still, there have been those who tried to hack the software to get even more performance from their Tesla Model 3. This was in lieu of paying $2,000 to Tesla for the exact same upgrade, dubbed 'Acceleration Boost', which is a software upgrade that unlocks an extra 50 horsepower from the Model 3 Dual Motor that improves acceleration to 3.9 seconds.
Now, that same upgrade has been made available to owners of the mechanically identical Tesla Model Y SUV.
According to Electrek, owners of the Model Y have had the new option appear in their Tesla mobile app, which allows owners to upgrade their vehicles at the press of a button. Tesla locks away many features behind a proverbial paywall and has historically been able to grant owners extra range in times of crisis, or in this case, improve acceleration by half a second. Only available on Model Y Long Range derivatives, the boost allows the SUV to race from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, down from the standard model's 4.8-second effort.
As for why this isn't available to those who purchased the Model Y Performance, well that's because that model already has the functionality enabled. The Acceleration Boost package from Tesla allows owners to enjoy the benefits of more power, without having to shell out $10,000 for the upgraded brakes, suspension, and bigger wheels of the Performance derivative. For $2,000 you might be contemplating going the illicit route to unlock the same performance, but be warned, there have been several reports of Tesla vehicles picking up these hacks. While the ramifications are yet to be determined, we wouldn't want a warranty voided because we were too stingy to get the official software.