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5k is a smart upgrade for a s85D vs s85 for a non Snow belt climate and why?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by drsaab, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. drsaab

    drsaab Member

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    Looking for ordering advice.


    Now that the range difference is only about 10 miles extra (not 30 miles as first thought), and 0-60 is 0.2 sec faster and price went up to $5000. What would still make you get a D for a non Snow belt climate?

    Most other Manufacturers only charge 2-3k for 4matic. This 5k Is a big jump now.
     
  2. brkaus

    brkaus Active Member

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    I would also guess the D would have higher repair cost due to the additional moving parts? And smaller frunk.

    The positive I can think of is perhaps splitting the work would put less strain on a single component.
     
  3. JohnQ

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    It's a personal choice with your level of comfort. I have an S85 and went skiing 10 straight weekends including some significant snowstorms and never had any concern about the weather. I do have dedicated snow tires. Having said that, I never had to drive through more than about 3" of unpacked snow on the roadway with plowing, etc. There are advantages to AWD beyond performance in snow, but I would not buy it just for the snow performance.
     

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