ZEVCentric stated that the calliper cover added no major benefit apart from an aesthetic improvement.
According to reports, Tesla is said to have secretly downgraded the performance brakes on its Model Y Performance model and put a cover over it to hide the change.
Reports claim that Tesla made the change last year and came to light when ZEVCentric – an aftermarket Tesla parts supplier, noticed it while working on a customer car. The parts supplier took to Twitter to showcase the smaller calliper and rotor, while also revealing the red-painted calliper cover used to make it look bigger. ZEVCentric also stated that the calliper cover added no major benefit apart from an aesthetic improvement.
Having said this, to Tesla’s credit, ZEVCentric did confirm that though the rotor and calliper size is identical to the Long Range versions, the rotor on the Model Y Performance is 2 mm thicker, which Tesla claims will not impact its braking performance.
Tesla’s website clearly mentions that the Model Y Performance upgrades include “Performance Brakes”, although it doesn’t specify what that means. The shop says that “paint is not an upgrade much less a performance one”.
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