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"Feel" Differences between 85kWh and Performance

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?

I placed my reservation a week-and-a-half ago, in DC, with the intention of getting the S85. I've been driving a BMW M5 since I bought it new in 2000. So I'm familiar with a (ICE) performance experience. In my experience, the driving scenarios in which I could actually leverage top-end acceleration are relatively few, and usually involve some prayer that law enforcement isn't in the vicinity.

So I'm really curious what S85 owners think who have previously driven ICE performance cars. I don't want to take a big step down in performance, but I don't want to get the P just to wow the occasional passenger. :-)


I went from an '08 M5 to the P85. There is no comparison off the line, or imo, 40-80. The Tesla is far, far the more thrilling, powerful ride in real-world scenarios!!!!!

The only reason not to get the P is that one simply can't afford it. I find myself goosing it for no reason whatsoever except the neck-jerk and gut-wrench. :-D

In fact I do it at every opportunity! It is made all the sweeter by my knowing that all that heavy foot doesn't cost me a damn thing. BWHAHAHAHA!

Get the P, you will never. ever. regret it.

I have a mere 60 and it's plenty for me. I'm no wimp behind the wheel. I'm alert, decisive, defensive and assertive but not aggressive. I've been to racing and driving schools and raced electric and gas go karts. I rarely put the go pedal to the floor in the Model S, especially from a stand still. The power to pass on highways is breathtaking and far better than any ICE I've driven. I can scarcely imagine piloting a P85 and don't lust for the extra grunt, but hey, it's a marvel and I can understand the appeal. A P85 would have cost more than I wanted to spend, but I could have found a way to swing it if I had felt the need. The Tesla replaced a CLK 500, which I truly loved, but sadly, now find lacking. I know how unsympathetic and silly that sounds. Performance or not, the Model S is an amazing machine and hard to compare to a gas burner. Driving a Tesla, any Tesla, profoundly changes a person. (Your Smilage May Vary)

After the last firmware upgrade P85 0-60 dropped from 4.4 to 3.9 sec.
There is a difference btw P85 and 85, but unless you are willing to fork out another 10K for 0.5 sec, then go with the 85. That being said, I told myself the same thing initially, until I test drove the P85 and the 85, with out a hesitation went with the P85. Use to own an M5 (V10, 500hp), not even close to the exhilaration the P85 has.

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