Tesla’s Model Y Performance Brakes Lowered?

Tesla Model Y Performance customers are suffering from the braking system. For them, it is nothing more than a Long Autonomy model system with a red cover.

The tweet sparked a backlash from Tesla Model Y Performance owners as of January 8, 2023. Several users have already complained about the change in the braking system of their cars at the end of 2022 in the specialized forums of the brand. However, with Tweet from ZEVcentricthis information is now spreading like wildfire.

At the heart of the controversy is the Model Y Performance’s brakes. Ultimately, they would have nothing but the system installed on the Model Y Long Range. However, customers pay for the “performance package” in this version, especially with “performance brakes”. A red-painted brake caliper alone isn’t enough to qualify it as a performance brake.

What’s in the Model Y Performance Package?

For €5,000 more than the Long Autonomy version, Tesla Model Y Performance buyers have a more powerful model. In addition to extraordinary performance, the Model Y Performance comes with mechanical and cosmetic changes (according to Tesla’s website):

  • Maximum speed: up to 250 km/h,
  • 21″ Überturbine wheels,
  • performance brakes,
  • Reduced suspensions,
  • Aluminum crankset.

The trade website does not even mention the carbon spoiler that is unique to the Performance versions in the list of items.

Model Y. // Source: Tesla

Tesla has never been very vocal about brake features on its retail site, allowing customers to change features without justifying the change. If you want to know more about the technical features, you should join to find information that is usually updated with the latest changes in the user manual.

Tesla has changed its supplier for a brake part in the summer of 2022

As of August 15, 2022, Tesla has changed the supplier for the rear brakes of the Model Y Performance rolling off the assembly lines. Brembo has changed from the famous Brembo brand brakes to the Mando brand brakes.

However, Tesla maintains that performance remains the same between the two suppliers. If the performances remain the same, it is easy to imagine that the reason for the change is cost optimization. Could it also be a price issue that has Model Y Performance customers wondering if Tesla lied to them about the performance of the braking system, as revealed on Twitter?

The rear brakes appear to be identical to the Model Y Long Range

User ZEVcentric took off the wheels of his Model Y Performance and found that the brake calipers under the red cover for aesthetic purposes look exactly like those of the Model Y Long Range. However, it is useful to note that the brakes on the rear wheels are secondary, with the brakes on the front wheels doing most of the work.

Observing the front brake system, the user comes to the same conclusion and gets the impression that he paid more for the red paint. Here’s what he shared on Twitter: At some point, Tesla decided to put caliper covers on the Model Y. What does it mean? At the rear there is a smaller brake caliper and also a smaller rotor like the Long Range models. So now you’re just paying for the same brakes, but red. »

He then went so far as to compare it to another older Model Y Performance: ” Older caliper, bigger rotor = more surface area = better braking power! »

We can also read this statement on the Tesla Motor Club forum: “ My 9/22 MYP was built with Performance dummy brakes. It is very bad. I feel really cheated. »

Without access to the respective different Model Y Performances, it’s hard to confirm today that the brakes are identical in every way, aside from the red color characteristic of the Performance versions. Therefore, these statements should be taken with caution.

However, if it were to be confirmed, Tesla would likely have to explain itself to customers who were hurt by a braking system that was less efficient than expected. This would certainly be a misstep for some of the brand’s customers.

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