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    Opting out of the Performance Edition

    I got my test drive a few weeks ago, and yesterday I got my "finalize your order" email! I'm extremely excited about getting my car, but after some thought I'm starting to think the performance edition might not be worth the price tag.

    I ran the numbers on the car I configured, and it looks like the performance edition is an $8,478.00 option. The car is wicked fast, but is that extra 1.2 seconds really worth $8,500? I know you get grey rims and a spoiler, but it just doesn't feel worth it. Zero to 60 in 5.6 is damn fast. When I test drove the performance edition it blew my Mom's glasses right off her head and into the trunk (I'm not kidding!). When I let my Dad give it a go, and I sat in the back seat it was almost like someone rammed into the back of the car when he floored the throttle (excuse me... accelerator). As cool as that is, I would love to know drive a standard edition for some comparison. Something tells me the standard edition will have more than enough performance.

    Idk, am I missing something? does anyone else think it's not worth it?

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    This is completely subjective. For example, if your current car has a slower 0-60 than 5.6s then, yes, the standard 85kwh pack will likely feel more than fast enough. If you have a need for speed and enjoy the thrill of acceleration and/or your current car is faster than 5.6s then in that case, it might be something to shoot for.

    It really comes down to what YOU want. BTW, the grey wheels can be had without the performance option.

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    I opted out easily. Wasn't too keen on 21-inch wheels either way, and for me this is a family car. Plus I still have sticker shock without it being performance. And like you said, 5.6 is plenty fast.

    So price and usage were the reasons I never seriously considered it. The acceleration is a bit like the door handles - a bit of a party trick. But I can't say I wasn't tempted. If money hadn't been an issue and the car had been just for me, I might have been singing a different tune...

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    are you getting leather and air suspension? I plan on selling my 21's to make up a little of the difference of the performance
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    AnOutsider - I enjoy the thrill of acceleration, but I don't the difference of 1.2 seconds is going to lessen my thrill. But you make a good point. I've never had a car that does 0-6 in under 7 seconds before, so to me anything will be fast. How do you get those grey rims after market? Who sells them?

    Trnsl8r - I'm with you on that. The one year waiting list was actually a bonus for me because it gave me time to save up for my down payment. This car is 4 times the price of any car I've ever bought. But the gas savings are what's going to make up for it. The Performance was tempting, but us mere mortals must make cut backs when necessary.

    Zextraterrestrial - Yes, I'm getting both. Thats a good idea, but do you have any takers so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander View Post

    Zextraterrestrial - Yes, I'm getting both. Thats a good idea, but do you have any takers so far?
    there are several interested people - but not sure of the price anyone would pay. If Tesla charges $3500 to upgrade or $5200 for a new full set I was thinking something like $2k for a swap to 19"s / sell them for $4k and get some 20" wheels maybe

    ..or sell single wheel/tire combos for 1k or so to anyone who needs a new wheel due to curb damage
    - 'Joules' 12/1/12 - classic grey & wood Zextraterrestials S (tory)

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    Tesla sells the grey wheels on their site. It's store or shop.teslamotors.com and its under model s > functional (sorry, currently mobile)

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    If you have ever modified a car to make it go faster, get the Perf. If, when passing cars on the freeway, you sometimes push pedal to the floor, get the Perf.

    Speed/perf is relative and your perception adjusts quickly--- in a month it won't seem so fast. If you enjoy speed, get the Perf. Otherwise, save your money.

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    The Tesla folks were nice enough to get me some time (street and highway) on both perf and standard. I went with standard and I'm used to driving RWD cars with power and sports suspensions (BMW 330i, 328i, 5 liter Mustang GT, etc.).

    The Perf accel is great. It's violent. The standard accel is really really good. It feels like more accel and power than any car I've had. I think it handles better than anything I've had with the perf/air suspension. And the ride is better.

    I think if you have the Perf, you need to watch the accel. It's violent enough that it can really take you by surprise and not in a good way. You need to be really on your toes when you floor the perf.

    I'd use standard accel or close to it fair bit. Full perf accel in real driving should be really really rare other than "just for fun".

    The Perf is an extra $12K that comes with 21" tires that are really expensive to replace. It also comes with the alcantara roof lining that I really love and alcantara accents the kids are more likely to trash. And I'm not a real fan of the grey piping on the tan interior. I'd have gone with brown, bronze or copper or something .

    So I just couldn't justify the extra $12K. I took that money and put it towards a solar install instead. Solar City. So Elon got my money anyway .

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    Back in 1996, I owned a BMW M3. Its stated 0-60 was 6.3s, and of course you had to use excellent technique to achieve it. I opted for the Standard Model S.
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