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Three weeks in and no speeding tickets

Three weeks in and no speeding tickets

For all those waiting on their Model S I tell you it is completely worth it. I have had my baby for three weeks now and miraculously have not been ticketed yet. Arrival of the car does help Model S "forumitus" as I have not been poring (thanks Brian) over the forums as much as I used too. I think most folks waiting on their S have now had the chance at a test drive. For those of you that have not don't worry, it is unbelievable, like driving a rocket ship. Some feedback for those still making the tough decisions: I did not opt for the performance version. Unfortunately speed is like a drug and you will want more but three weeks in I am completely satisfied with the standard version. I previously drove an Acura TL and the torque on the S is just unbelievable. I can only imagine the tickets I would get with the performance version. I am sure the performance version is unbelievable but it is hard to imagine it being any faster. The standard version is fast! 21" wheels. If you are on the fence get them. I read allot regarding concern about pot holes, ride, range etc. but the 21" wheels are fantastic. They look incredible and they hold the road like a slot-car. The air suspension makes the ride incredibly smooth. I just swapped out my 21" tires for the non-studded 19" winter tires and I miss my 21's already. I notice a considerable difference in handling between the two. I am not sure how the standard 19" tires compare to the winter tires, but if they are at all similar I would highly recommend the 21" wheels and tires. Battery: get the biggest one you can afford. The Model S is designed to be driven hard and fast and unfortunately if you are like me it is hard not to. My projected range seems to float around 200 miles based on my prior driving habits. You can certainly turn the air off and drive 55 but that is not why you buy this car. Even if that is your plan, it is going to be hard to do it with all that power under your foot. Surprises: the little turn lights that come on when you turn the wheel. I know other cars have this option but I did not expect it. Lack of storage space, I know it has been debated ad nauseam but it is true, there is absolutely no storage space. It has taken some getting used to but I have adapted. I bought a clip for the visor to hold my sunglasses and crammed the rest in the glove box. It’s not as bad as you might think. The floor mats are mediocre at best and they only include front floor mats. I filled out the request form at weather tech for them to make Model S mats. I suggest others do as well so we can have some other options. Dry cleaning, what you say? Well I picked mine up the other day and surprise, surprise no little hook in the back ceiling. I’ll survive. Lastly, they key. I struggled to find a key chain that will work with the Tesla key. I finally found an Olympus camera strap at B&H photo for $2.95 that works like a charm. You can order it online. The only thing I am still waiting on is my parcel shelf. Bottom line: The car, the personal delivery and the entire Tesla team has all been spectacular. It is completely worth the wait, hang in there. If you have any questions at all feel free to post them and I will be more than happy to give you my two cents. GO TESLA!!

Brian H | November 28, 2012

It would be fairly easy, on the "homebound leg", to observe projected miles and slow down from 85 to 75 for a while. At the top end, cutting speed by 10mph should have "maximum benefit". Taking a rough ratio of required vs. actual, Peter's 230 is 43% higher than required for your trip. Taking the inverse ratio, you'd only be using 70% of the energy drain that would strand you a mile from home (from whatever point you slow down), at 75 mph.

nickjhowe | November 28, 2012

@gooshjkc - I took the Model S Ideal Range graph from the TM Blog and extrapolated it to higher speeds. I've got no idea how precipitous the drop off is at higher speeds, so have take a simple extrapolation of the graph. For all you Autobahn cruisers out there, don't expect to go too far.

nickjhowe | November 28, 2012

Dang it. Wasn't meant to be that small.

Brian H | November 28, 2012

Per that graph, roughly 12% range loss going from 35 to 45 MPH, and 22% from 75 to 85 MPH.

Vawlkus | November 29, 2012

Oh, round trip? In that case forget what I said, the S can handle that easily. I thought that was one way :P

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