The Tesla Model Y track review: Rips like a rally car

Tesla Model Y Performance does not have a dedicated Track Mode like the Model 3 Performance. That said, a recent video from Out of Spec Motoring provides a brief test worth watching. Hopefully, detailed testing will take place later on as deliveries ramp up and the COVID-19 situation slows down. 

Above: Tesla Model Y Performance (Source: EVANNEX; Photo by: Casey Murphy)

The crew testing Model Y on a dedicated race track conclude that the 'Tesla Model Y rips like a rally car' — and why shouldn't it? Clocking a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 secs, the Model Y Performance outperforms muscle cars like the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. LOL, what else could someone expect from a 5-seat family SUV? 

When Kyle from Out of Spec Motoring started driving the Model Y for the first time he felt a little difference in the steering wheel when compared to the Tesla Model 3. One other adjustment was improved sound insulation in the Model Y as it's quieter inside compared to the Model 3. Tesla Raj's test results in the following video determines that the Tesla Model Y door shut noise is also better than the 3.

Twitter: @ModelYNews via Tesla Raj / YouTube

Driving at both medium and high speeds, Kyle says, "Wow, I am genuinely impressed at how good the handling of this car is" — even being larger than a Model 3, the handling capability of the Tesla Model Y on the track is notable.

To disable traction and stability controls on Tesla Model Y (like other Teslas), some use  'Dyno Mode' — even though it's not recommended. Why? Its supposed to be used to test cars on a chassis dynamometer (not for drifting). But professional drivers like Kyle are using it drift. Obviously, this shreds the tires of any car, therefore, Kyle swapped out the wheels (with 18" standard ones) from his original 21" Uberturbine ones.

Above: Drifting a Tesla Model Y Performance (YouTube: Out of Spec Motoring)

End result: yes, if you're a professional driver, your Tesla Model Y can drift — just don't try it on the public roads!


Written by: Iqtidar Ali. An earlier version of this article was originally published on X Auto.