Truly Electric Spaceship-Like Adventure ~ Signature Model Spaceship
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Maybe Tesla could send a firmware upgrade to all the dealer's cars across the country. A Tesla employee could program set the car it "simulated 60" or "faux 40" speeds. customers could get an idea anyway.
Note that they aren't planning to even provide 40 or 60 kWh test drives until at least a couple months after they're shipping them. So if you want a test drive before finalizing, you should cancel and rereserve. This is from the Tesla Bulletin Board:
Our plan for at least the next six months is to continue offering test drives in only 85 kWh versions of Model S. The reasoning behind this is that we are able to offer many more test drives each day with the range of an 85 kWh battery than with 40 or 60 kWh versions.
Option would be to cancel and reserve on 12/31 or something like that to get back in the queue.
But consider this: are you in the market for an 85 kWh or a 60 kWh version. If no, then how close to the stated range/acceleration of the 40 MS would it have to be before you would consider not getting it at all? 10% 25%
I have a feeling the 40 MS is going to drive and feel just like the others with the exception of acceleration. You knew that to be the case.
MODEL S 85 | BLUE | VIN 4293 | DELIVERY - 02/16/2013
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