My 3 Hour Old Red P85+

This car is replacing my Panamera S with Sport Tuning, and it is superior in every relevant way.

-Acceleration is neck snapping, smooth, natural and nuclear.

-Handling is balanced, flat, tight, and in every way the equal of my Panamera in Sport mode. I had never driven a S before today, so I can't compare the handling to a non + car, but this thing is absolutely stable and taut.

-The red is, as others have reported, gorgeous.

-Every time I caught a glimpse of the street/other cars, someone was pointing, smiling, thumbs uping, or generally taking notice of my new rocket ship.

It's only three hours old... see me in a few weeks for a "long term" report. But I just cant get the smile off my face.

P.S. Bonuses include the sound system, which is vastly superior in quality to my Panamera, and the bluetooth audio quality, which is exceptional.

I'll nitpik in a few days.

any pics?

Congratulations! Out of curiosity, how does the ride quality feel? Does the P85+ handle rough roads and bumps well or does it have a hard, performance ride?

I want to know how it handles a REALLY hard turn that you would typically slow down considerably in an ICE for. :)

Thats a great write-up. I wish I had the perf + package too...

Two questions:

1. How is the ride on rough pavement? Do you have any comparison with the non P+ Model S?

2. How is the weight transfer during quick direction changes (like in slalom)? Can you feel it being a bit ponderous?

If possible, can you get a clean 0-60 time on level ground for us? There's been some debate on other threads as to what, if any, difference the P+ package would make...

DRRROOOOLLING!! OMG!!! I pickup P+ in 9.5 days...

GRRRRRR. So frustrating. Mine hits EOL on 5/24. HURRY UP ALREADY!

The car is very tight, but not harsh at all. Body roll is minimal. It is poised even on rough pavement. I have never driven any other S, so I am not qualified to compare to one.

Weight transfer is also very minimal... the lack of lean into turns seems to help. I've taken it around sweeping and tight turns, and accelerated all the way through them without backing off. Common sense seems to be the only limiting factor so far.

I don't have a good spot to do metered acceleration, but it puts my Panamera S to shame. Utterly. And it is absolutely breathtakingly explosive. You can't stop smiling when you press the go button on this thing.

A lot of little details are extra nice too. I love the sport pedals more than I should care about, but in total with the carbon fiber, the tech stuff and the (custom Lloyd's) red floor mats that more or less match the exterior, it's a very sweet cabin experience.

AMAZING REPORT!!Thank you for sharing !

Thanks sooooo much!!! Now we just need one P+ owner to post pics here or on TMC!!! I wanna see the beefy rear tires pleeeeeease!

There's a red Performance Plus sitting in the Tesla store in Santana Row. It's beautiful!

@RedredredS, Great write up. Great reading too. Hope you report often. Best to you, welcome to the MS club

You'd swear the camera has yet to be invented. I've been begging all these P+ peeps to give us a pic and nobody has time. Too much fun driving I guess :)

I am totally Stoked!! I have owned a S85 for 2 months... but I might not sleep tonight. Tomorrow ,I will pickup the first P85+ in Denver.
(It will be for rent within 2 weeks.) Explosive acceleration here I come!!

Pic sky master pic pleeeeeeaaasee!

P.S. I dropped by the Service Center to check out the rear tires.....they are MASSIVE!!!

You guys are killing me. Does nobody own a camera phone? Even the tesla website doesn't have pics.

I'll put some up tomorrow..promise.

Thanks for the feedback! I got my delivery button tonight for my P85+, not long now!


Thank you Red!! I'll be checking back here often :)

RedRedRedS. I imagine the absence of buttons, switches, knobs, dials, and other clutter is a cultural shock to what you are accustom to. A few weeks ago I was sitting in a Panamera Turbo and I was amazed by all the buttons - front and back.

I'm jealous... For the same price I paid my Sig, you got a new Red Perf+..... grrr..

I'll eventually take my revenge on the AWD version ;)

I feel the same like buying an iPad 2 two months before the iPad 3 was launched...

I have a feeling we are all going to feel like that at some point!

Glad to see you're enjoying it.

I am surprised to read your comment about the sound system though. I would have expected the Panamera to have a very good sound system, and I feel that the sound system in the Model S (I do have the upgraded package) isn't really that great.

The sound system in the Panamera is good, but the Tesla sounds a lot better. I can't say that it is all hardware related... the S has HD for FM stations, which is terrific when it has enough signal, and internet radio. Sirius trends to be very compresses, but I haven't listened to it yet.

The biggest factor, likely, is that ambient noise is much reduced in an EV, which lets the sound system really shine.

I had to give people rides in between a military grade detailing today, and had them all falling around in the back seat like bowling pins. Merriment ensued. At the dentist, I parked the car where I could watch the parade of passerby stop and stare, and in two cases take pictures. I used the app to hit the horn a couple of times and wake them up.

The combination of the red pain and gray wheels looks terrific.. I undervalued how nice glossy wheels would look in gray, compared to matte.

Still satisfied. Drove maybe 50 miles and used 125 miles of range, if that gives you a sense of my uneconomic driving habits.

Red you promised pics today. Maybe I should contact those people that took pics while you were at the dentist?

Sorry to be a pest :)


Depends on what sound system is in the Panamera. The Bose system is just so so ... the Burmester system ($6k option) on the other hand is just exemplary

Let's see if this works:

redredreds1's album on Photobucket


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