Tesla adds Model 3 LR RWD to existing inventory in Europe

Tesla has added its newly re-introduced Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) to the existing inventory section of its website across Europe. The addition to the public website comes about one month after the variant was offered to fleet customers only.

Tesla initially launched the LR RWD version of Model 3 in mid-2017, but it was later discontinued in early 2019 as production of the electric sedan increased. Instead, Tesla opted to focus on the LR Dual Motor configurations. The LR RWD version gained popularity due to its high efficiency and affordable price point. It also had an impressive EPA range of 523km (325 miles) and a decent acceleration rate of 4.9 seconds for 0-60 mph, which was only slightly slower than the AWD version.

In a surprise move Tesla brought it back last month, but only to the European market, and also only for fleet customers through their special B2B (business-to-business) portal. Now the elusive variant has appeared on Tesla’s public website, but only on the existing inventory section, and still only in Europe.

As spotted by enthusiast @tesla_adri, the LR RWD appeared on Germany’s website over the weekend, priced at €46,970, or about $69,100 CAD or $51,025 USD. As announced last month, it comes with a WLTP rated range of 620km (394 miles), a top speed of 233km/h, and a 5.9s 0-100km/h time. Other Tesla fans replied to the tweet saying the vehicle was also appearing in France, where it was priced even lower at €40,990 ($60,300CAD/$44,500USD).

There are some caveats though with this variant. Despite having the Long Range name, it only comes with a partial premium interior, which means no upgraded audio system. Typically the lack of a subwoofer and fewer speakers is only reserved for Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) variants, with the exception being the Model Y RWD which comes with the premium interior.

It is unclear why Tesla has made the Model 3 LR RWD variant available to public just one month after making it only available to fleet customers. It could be that Tesla didn’t receive the volume of orders it was expecting to receive, and with some excess inventory decided to publish them for sale to the public. Whatever the reason they are apparently having no problem selling them because they were gone from the website shortly after they were posted.

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