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    Performance vs non-performance 85Kw

    Can anyone who has driven both the performance and non-performance versions of the MS 85Kw please give their impressions?
    I am trying to get comfortable with my decision for the non-performance version.

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    Is 0-60 in 5 seconds fast enough for you or do you need 4 seconds?

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    4 seconds, 5 seconds, both sound fast to me. I have only driven the performance version, which as most of us know is crazy, fun FAST!.
    Does 1 second less result is just a little less fun? Does it still seem fast?

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    It seems to depend on what you have driven before. If it was a Roadster Sport, it will seem slow. If it was an old fashioned car (with a very few exceptions) both will seem fast. There are a number of posts in the forum where those who have received the non-performance say that it's plenty. There are no posts from people who have received their Model S that say the opposite (all of those, and there aren't that many, are from people who haven't received their car). I'm getting the non-performance.
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    I think many folks are getting the performance model for the seats and/or wheels. If those aren't important to you, the non-performance is prolly plenty.

    (We have a performance model and it is really nice.)

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    I can't remember if it was confirmed or rumor, but isn't the alcantara headliner Perf-only (or is it Sig-only)?
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    Alcantara headliner is Perf only...that was confirmed in the whole explanation of the 19" vs. 21" wheels in the Perf pricing, see the TM Bulletin board thread.
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    Just got my Non-Perf Thursday. I drove a Perf at the the Get Amped deal last summer. I currently drive a Porsche Boxster. The Non-Perf is scary fast. It doesn't seem different from the Perf I drove. Quite frankly, my new S is everything I can handle. I also have noted on these forums that the acceleration rush you get from this rocket, stops being a novelty after a couple of weeks, and the smooth, quiet aspects of the car become dominant. But if hunting M-5's is your thing, then the Perf.

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    The instant torque is so great on both that I bet it makes the 5 second 0-60 feel faster than it is. Hey napa bill what does your headliner look like? I've only seen Perfs.
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    I've had a fair amount of time behind the wheel of both courtesy of the nice folks at our local Tesla stores.

    Full accel on the standard-85 is indeed scary fast. Full accel on the perf at < 60 mph speeds is beyond scary (violent even) and even at above 60 is a bit unnerving.

    Suspension on both cars is the same (assuming you get the air suspension) so the only difference in handling is the 19" vs 21" wheels and tires. If you put high performance summer tires on the 19", I think the difference will be pretty minor.

    I really like the perf alcantara headliner (as opposed to the generic cloth headliner of the non-perf) and seat accents. But if you have kids, the all leather interior is more practical.

    According to the folks at the local stores, most people around here going for the perf are doing it for the interior, not the performance .

    Myself, I've got kids and dogs so I went with the standard 85.

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