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Ford Caught Benchmarking Tesla Model Y Performance

Since its launch last year, the Tesla Model Y has been a steady seller for the all-electric automaker. In fact, the Tesla Model Y Performance is currently sold out until February, while the Long Range has an estimated delivery date of next summer, according to Tesla’s official site. The EV crossover is also the main rival of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the two have been compared endlessly by critics and consumers alike over the last year-plus. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Ford Authority spies recently captured Ford benchmarking a Tesla Model Y Performance model.

While the Long Range and Performance are virtually identical in terms of exterior appearance, this particular Midnight Silver Model Y is wearing the 21-inch Uberturbine wheels that are exclusively available on the Performance model, as well as red brake calipers and the tell-tale red line underneath its “Dual Motor” badge on the rear.

Sales Numbers - Electric Midsize Crossovers - Q3 2021 - United States

MODEL Q3 21 / Q3 20 Q3 21 Q3 20 Q3 21 SHARE Q3 20 SHARE YTD 21 / YTD 20 YTD 21 YTD 20
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E * 5,880 * 12% 0% * 18,855 0
TESLA MODEL Y +796.00% 44,800 5,000 88% 100% +403.42% 132,400 26,300
TOTAL +913.60% 50,680 5,000 +475.11% 151,255 26,300

Tesla has sold a grand total of 132,400 Model Ys year-to-date, compared to 18,855 Mach-Es. In Q3, Tesla moved 44,800 units of its EV crossover, while Ford sold 5,880 Mach-E models.

Tesla does not advertise power figures, but the Model Y Performance does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 miles per hour, along with an EPA estimated range of 303 miles, according to the automaker. The Performance model also comes equipped with performance brakes, the aforementioned wheels, a lowered suspension, and aluminum alloy wheels for an MSRP of $63,990. It’s worth noting that Tesla has raised the price of the Model Y numerous times in 2021, however.

Ford – which has previously admitted that Tesla is a “major threat” to its business, was previously spotted benchmarking a Model 3 sedan – which rental car giant Hertz recently added to its fleet – around its headquarters in Dearborn by Ford Authority spies. However, while that model sported the tell-tale yellow sticker on its windshield often seen on FoMoCo prototypes and competitor vehicles used for benchmarking purposes, this Model Y only has manufacturer plates, so it’s possible that it hasn’t been processed in the automaker’s system yet.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Rinzler

    Hopefully they’re trying to resolve why the Model Y can make it to the quarter mile much quicker than the GT Performance off the line and in the 1/4 mile while having less power and torque.

    Ford seems to be afraid of letting the Mach-E go all out and has been conservative at every bend. You can’t really beat the Model Y in sales if you keep losing to your closest competitor in every metric.

    A dedicated Launch Mode for the Mach-E is absolutely necessary.

  2. Lurch

    Caught? It’s not like it’s corporate espionage, just smart engineering practice and wise business strategy.


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