It's final configuration time for me and I'm seriously torn on the 85kWh vs the Performance model. I've done a test drive in the Signature model and a test drive in a Performance, and didn't notice a difference between the two. However, the gap in 0-60 time between Performance and the non-performance 85kWh is 1.2s (4.4s vs 5.6s). I'm worried that if I buy the non-performance model, it'll feel like a let down after so much waiting. Putting together a quick chart of some selected 0-60 of other cars I am considering (and a couple at the speedy end for perspective) didn't make me feel any better:
3.5s - 2013 Audi S8
3.7s - 2012 Corvette Z06
3.9s - Tesla Model S Signature Performance
4.4s - Tesla Model S Performance
4.8s - 2012 Maserati Quattroporte S
5.0s - 2005 Audi S4 (current car)
5.6s - Tesla Model S 85kWh
5.7s - 2012 Toyota Camry v6 SE
5.9s - Tesla Model S 60kWh
6.7s - 2013 Jaguar XF
7.6s - 2011 Buick Enclave (wife's SUV)
That Camry on the list is the one that is freaking me out. Sure, it's the top-of-the-line Camry, but still, not sure if I can live with that. To be clear, I am not considering the Model S solely because of acceleration--I love the technology and innovation that is in the car. But the standout feature to me--the one that convinced me to follow through with my purchase on my first test drive, is the acceleration. But I'm not sure if I'm ready to go over $100K (with all the options) for that feature.
So for those of you who bought a Performance model and have tried a non-performance model, did you make the right call? For those who bought a non-performance model, how do you feel about your purchase? Any regrets or second thoughts for either group?
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