The Tesla Model X Performance is not only one of Australia’s fastest accelerating EVs on sale, but it also manages to have the largest cargo space while cramming in the option of having the most (seven) number of seats.
The Performance variant is the fastest and most expensive version of the Tesla Model X on sale. At $187,000 drive away, it’s $20,000 dearer than the Long Range Plus. It’s also the most expensive car in Tesla’s Australian line-up — for the price of one Model X you could buy two Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus‘, and still have just about enough change over for an MG ZS EV.
That said, with a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, the Tesla Model X Performance is insanely fast for an SUV. The Performance variant has 580kW of output from both motors, producing 1,140Nm of torque. To put that in perspective, the Model X Long Range Plus makes do with “only” 398kW and 755Nm.
In ICEV terms, the Model X Performance is quicker than a Ferrari 488 GTB, McLaren 720S, and every Porsche 911 bar the top-flight Turbo and Turbo S. Just some food for thought.
All Model Xs are all-wheel-drive, which helps with handling but doesn’t shy away from the fact that this SUV weighs a hefty 2,500kg. As such, despite the supercar-like acceleration, don’t expect similar handling characteristics.
Regardless, the performance figures are truly impressive for a vehicle that can seat seven. However, the seven-seater option is an extra $5,100 over the base five-seater. If given a choice, we’d opt for the bizarrely more expensive ($9,400) six-seat configuration. With six chairs, you get a more spacious second row, and an aisle that improves rearward visibility and overall airiness within the cabin.
Cargo space is excellent thanks to the inclusion of a front boot or “frunk”, in the same style as the Model S.
The Model X Performance’s interior options are slightly different from what is found on the Long Range Plus, as they include the choice of carbon fibre trim.
All Tesla vehicles have the hardware capable of level 2 autonomy, but to access it, it must be unlocked with a $10,100 add-on.
Driving range is down on the Performance variant, but not by much. Tesla claims 619km per charge, which in reality is 450km of real-world range, just 20kms less than the Model X Long Range Plus’s real range.
Also included, as with any Tesla, is access to Tesla’s Superchargers — one of the best EV fast-charge networks in Australia.