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    Quote Originally Posted by flyeyes View Post
    re: TACC

    I really like the TACC, and think it works very well. The only other car I've used it in is a Hyundai Equus that my Dad owns. I've been surprised how useful it is on a long trip.

    The Tesla TACC seems to be much better than the Hyundai system, but I haven't made a long road trip yet. This weekend I'll put ~450 miles on the car so I'll have a better idea. The TACC definitely brakes later and harder than I would, but overall I'm very impressed so far.

    The username is an ancient (by internet standards) one that goes back about 20 years. I'm an ophthalmologist, and my avocation/hobby is aviation.
    Thanks. User name makes sense now. Very glad to hear you like the TACC, as that and the Auto-pilot are the main reasons I took a humongous financial bath to upgrade my Model S. Well, I'm also hoping the driver's seat is more comfortable - I think it is, at least based on my test rides in new models, but won't know for sure until I've driven the new one for a couple weeks.

    There have been some posts about the TACC sometimes failing to recognize a stopped car in front of you, which I hope is an extremely rare occurrence. If one came to rely on TACC you could easily not react quickly enough and rear-end somebody - at least that's my concern (never had this feature before). But I drive in stop/go Houston traffic daily and am really hoping for relief via my new car's auto-pilot features. Absolutely cannot wait until auto-steering is released!
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    Waiting on my new MS - VIN 85868 - due Late May 2015. Midnight silver 85S with black leather seats and the auto-pilot option.

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    Got my P85D about 3 weeks ago. After driving it, well above my daily average, I've come to the conclusion that this is very well the best overall vehicle I have had the privilege of driving. I can't be the only Tesla driver who now looks forward and smiles every time he enters his garage and sees the technological marvel just sitting there waiting to be driven. Still get the "is this for real? pinch me" feeling, which hasn't worn off.

    The wife loves the storage capacity and we've seriously used the frunk on a daily basis. The issues with easy denting of the hood as mentioned on other threads have been a non-issue for us. My car came with the winter tires in the hatch, and we were surprised at the cargo room left over with all of them stuffed in the hatch. It really feels like you could just lay down the back seats and have a very comfortable camp-out in this thing, staring up at the stars through the pano-roof. It definitely can carry more than my an SUV I used to own (Subaru Forester). Overall, the practicality side of things won the wife over.

    This car drives and feels stuck to the road unlike anything I've experienced before. All I have to compare against are the test-drives of Audi's and BMW's (and not Lambo, Ferrari, etc), and this thing just blows them away with handling, acceleration, etc. I found it a little difficult to stay within the legal speed limit at times due to the sheer power and silence of the car, and so I've now turned on the "chime" feature and set it to trigger about 15Km/hr above. A tendency to drive aggressively comes naturally, but only when merging or needing to pop out from one lane to another after a stop-light. It's great when the fellow beside you decides he's not letting you in his lane because your lane ends due to parked cars or lane narrowing ("and you should have gotten into my lane earlier behind me"), and you just push a little on the pedal and he just can't stop you. Yes, a brief mention of the whiplash inducing Insane Mode is warranted. It was as if we fell forward into the future at 3.1s. I don't know the official measurement, but I could swear the back of the seat started feeling like a new "down" direction, and forwards was now "up". So this thing must pull some major G-Force on you midway through the acceleration. Made a few friends sick over it, and wish I took some videos of their reactions. One fellow is a convert and placed a deposit on a Model-X that same night.

    The minimalist interior is definitely growing on me, but I also found storage a non-issue because I ordered the premium centre console, which I highly recommend based on the amount of usage it gets. The overall feel of the interior is spaceship-like. I got the premium audio upgrade, which I think sounds excellent but I am not an audiophile so I'm sure many here who are would disagree. Yes, it can't hold up against a $10,000 custom audio system, but then again it was only $2500 and came pre-installed. The quietness of the interior helps the audio clarity I believe.

    Overall an absolute joy to drive. Would I ever reverse my huge purchase if I could? Emphatically NO! Steve Jobs said people don't know what they want until you show it to them, and in this case once you've seen and experienced a car like this there is no going back. My wife has tasked me with getting on the early reservation list for the Model 3 for her (doesn't like driving big cars), which surprised me because she's just not into cars at all. A few of my friends looking at the latest greatest ICE cars are now seriously considering a Model S instead, because it just makes the ICE vehicles seem dated and old-fashioned. Plus, they'd hate to spend pretty much the same amount of $ and be blown away by my Tesla on the road. One friend said it was like showing someone the iPhone when it first came out, and then telling them to just go and buy that latest Nokia phone. You can't go back. Those of you who are waiting for your P85D... I feel for you... the wait is excruciating and time only gets slower closer to the delivery date. You'll find yourselves living on the TMC Forums...reading everything to pass the time.
    P85D | Blue Metallic + Pano roof| Black Alcantara Headliner | Grey next-gen seats | Piano black trim | 19' stock wheels and winters | Dual chargers | HPWC | Tech package | Premium Audio| Smart Air suspension | Centre Console | Rear jump seats | Subzero weather package w/ heated steering wheel

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    Quote Originally Posted by McMuggets View Post
    Got my P85D about 3 weeks ago. After driving it, well above my daily average, I've come to the conclusion that this is very well the best overall vehicle I have had the privilege of driving. I can't be the only Tesla driver who now looks forward and smiles every time he enters his garage and sees the technological marvel just sitting there waiting to be driven. Still get the "is this for real? pinch me" feeling, which hasn't worn off.

    The wife loves the storage capacity and we've seriously used the frunk on a daily basis. The issues with easy denting of the hood as mentioned on other threads have been a non-issue for us. My car came with the winter tires in the hatch, and we were surprised at the cargo room left over with all of them stuffed in the hatch. It really feels like you could just lay down the back seats and have a very comfortable camp-out in this thing, staring up at the stars through the pano-roof. It definitely can carry more than my an SUV I used to own (Subaru Forester). Overall, the practicality side of things won the wife over.

    This car drives and feels stuck to the road unlike anything I've experienced before. All I have to compare against are the test-drives of Audi's and BMW's (and not Lambo, Ferrari, etc), and this thing just blows them away with handling, acceleration, etc. I found it a little difficult to stay within the legal speed limit at times due to the sheer power and silence of the car, and so I've now turned on the "chime" feature and set it to trigger about 15Km/hr above. A tendency to drive aggressively comes naturally, but only when merging or needing to pop out from one lane to another after a stop-light. It's great when the fellow beside you decides he's not letting you in his lane because your lane ends due to parked cars or lane narrowing ("and you should have gotten into my lane earlier behind me"), and you just push a little on the pedal and he just can't stop you. Yes, a brief mention of the whiplash inducing Insane Mode is warranted. It was as if we fell forward into the future at 3.1s. I don't know the official measurement, but I could swear the back of the seat started feeling like a new "down" direction, and forwards was now "up". So this thing must pull some major G-Force on you midway through the acceleration. Made a few friends sick over it, and wish I took some videos of their reactions. One fellow is a convert and placed a deposit on a Model-X that same night.

    The minimalist interior is definitely growing on me, but I also found storage a non-issue because I ordered the premium centre console, which I highly recommend based on the amount of usage it gets. The overall feel of the interior is spaceship-like. I got the premium audio upgrade, which I think sounds excellent but I am not an audiophile so I'm sure many here who are would disagree. Yes, it can't hold up against a $10,000 custom audio system, but then again it was only $2500 and came pre-installed. The quietness of the interior helps the audio clarity I believe.

    Overall an absolute joy to drive. Would I ever reverse my huge purchase if I could? Emphatically NO! Steve Jobs said people don't know what they want until you show it to them, and in this case once you've seen and experienced a car like this there is no going back. My wife has tasked me with getting on the early reservation list for the Model 3 for her (doesn't like driving big cars), which surprised me because she's just not into cars at all. A few of my friends looking at the latest greatest ICE cars are now seriously considering a Model S instead, because it just makes the ICE vehicles seem dated and old-fashioned. Plus, they'd hate to spend pretty much the same amount of $ and be blown away by my Tesla on the road. One friend said it was like showing someone the iPhone when it first came out, and then telling them to just go and buy that latest Nokia phone. You can't go back. Those of you who are waiting for your P85D... I feel for you... the wait is excruciating and time only gets slower closer to the delivery date. You'll find yourselves living on the TMC Forums...reading everything to pass the time.
    Great write up

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahurst View Post
    Great write up
    Seconded...

    After 44k miles in my car and about 7k on my wife's car (starting a 1,200 road trip tonight), the feeling will never go away...
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    Picked up my S85D last Friday and I agree it's a joy to drive. I was surprised at the acceleration, feels very much like the P85 acceleration I felt on my test drive. I gave my banker a ride today, he did pay for it after all, and his first comment on getting out was that he was really upset. Seems he just bought a new Nissan SUV, and now regrets it. He said that if he had done a test drive, he would have bought the Tesla instead. Now I have ruined his new car.
    His other comment was that he never thought I would buy such an elite car, which was interesting, since my friends all say it's the perfect car for a geek like me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayneb View Post
    Picked up my S85D last Friday and I agree it's a joy to drive. I was surprised at the acceleration, feels very much like the P85 acceleration I felt on my test drive. I gave my banker a ride today, he did pay for it after all, and his first comment on getting out was that he was really upset. Seems he just bought a new Nissan SUV, and now regrets it. He said that if he had done a test drive, he would have bought the Tesla instead. Now I have ruined his new car.
    His other comment was that he never thought I would buy such an elite car, which was interesting, since my friends all say it's the perfect car for a geek like me.
    Welcome to the club.

    A few years ago I got an email at work requesting a ride to my town. I ended up driving this woman
    to a car dealership to pick up her new car. I too ruined that new car.
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    I just ordered a Titanium P85D with the Pano roof, spoiler, Autopilot, Suspension, and the darker 21" wheels. Right now the site is estimating a late June delivery. The test drive I took a week and a half ago sold me. I can't wait to be behind the wheel of this beast once it arrives. I will keep updates coming as far as delivery estimates and first impressions once I get the car. Now to get an electrician for the garage charging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catosotp View Post
    I just ordered a Titanium P85D with the Pano roof, spoiler, Autopilot, Suspension, and the darker 21" wheels. Right now the site is estimating a late June delivery. The test drive I took a week and a half ago sold me. I can't wait to be behind the wheel of this beast once it arrives. I will keep updates coming as far as delivery estimates and first impressions once I get the car. Now to get an electrician for the garage charging!
    Congratulations on becoming a Tesla Owner! Welcome to the Forums! That titanium looks pretty sharp, eye-catcher for sure!
    2016 P85D Airbrushed-Forest Dark Green | Pano | 21" Dark Grey Turbine | Next-Gen | Piano Black | Black Alcantara Headliner | Auto-Pilot | Premium Interior | Air | UHFS | SubZero | Dual Chargers

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    In production at the factory:

    P85D in new blue, panoramic roof, 19" cyclone, tan Next Gen, obeche gloss, black Alcantara, autopilot, air suspension, ultra-high fidelity, premium interior (*now with Lifgate!), and subzero weather; adding dual chargers and rear strip cupholders, and a HPWC for the garage.

    Details and impressions once I'm driving, but my test drives with rear motor 85 and P85 told me two years ago and again last year that this will be my next car.

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