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Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by BigAirHarper, Jun 21, 2016.
Live in Florida, would you go 60 or 60D?
You don't really need the AWD traction, so the D gets you 8 more miles range, a 0.3-second faster 0-60 time, aaaaand that's really it. Maybe slightly better handling. Not sure it's worth the extra $5000 for your needs.
I live in California and skipped on the D, same as above I did not feel it was worth the extra $5k. I'd rather get autopilot and the next gen seats for that. My wife has an SUV so we use that for going up to the snow which is maybe once a year.
Thanks for the input. I'm leaning the same way. Save the $5k for other options!
Would the D be better for resale?
As I have hinted in previous threads....my handwringing included = Will the car be in Florida for its entire life? Will there be times in the next 10 years that AWD would pay off? When you sell the car, will the AWD bring a better price, so the $5000 upfront fee gets a partial refund?
Questions without answers...For me, I'm back to the RWD
Thought about the resale value issue but figured best to just save the $5k now. As long as it's in my possession it will be in Florida....
and you get that much bigger frunk!
People who fly twin engined planes boast that the second engine can increase safety (as often as not, it will transport them to the scene of the accident), but those who fly single engine planes note that twin engined planes have double the number of engine failures. I also live in Florida and ordered a 70 without four wheel drive because of cost, quiet, larger frunk, and simplicity.
Might as well get the D, since as I understand it now the frunk size is the same regardless of whether you opt for AWD, BDM, both, or neither.
Makes me appreciate my RWD 85 all the more.
As a SEL pilot, I love this.
Despite the warm climate of Louisiana, I chose AWD. I have found them superior wet road performers, and all it takes is one hydroplaning event to find the extra cost nominal.
the facelift version has the same size frunk, no matter if you choose AWD or RWD.
Bother. Happier than ever that I have my Classic AP D version.
The only reason I would choose a D over the standard would be if I lived in a cold climate area with snow. In SA its not worth it, only reason for a AWD vehicle here is if you are going off-road. Hopefully one day Tesla would build a proper off road for playing in the mud/sand/mountains.
Post refresh, the D it's a better car in pretty much every measurable way - faster, more efficient, etc.
It's getting those extra eight miles from the same amount of electricity, too - so the running electric cost will presumably be ~4% lower too.
However, $5k is a big chunk of the price on a 60 - you'll have to decide if it is worth the money to you.
I decided it wasn't worth the money in CA.
For you, I think this comes down to the desirability of "D" at resale. Let's go to the numbers:
Model / Range / 0-60 / Cost of Upgrade over Base 60
60 / 210 / 5.5 / $0
60D / 218 / 5.2 / $5,000
75 / 249 / 5.5 / $8,500
75D / 259 / 5.2 / $13,500
Honestly, given that you live in Florida, the whole AWD thing isn't nearly as compelling...and the additional 8 miles of range and 0.3 of a second acceleration isn't anything to write home about either.
Conversely, if you spent $3500 more and went for the 75kw battery (in RWD form) you get a much more significant 39 miles of additional range over the base 60. Here in the early days of electric cars, range is still very much king. Ask yourself if you were looking at used Teslas a year from now, which would be more appealing at a nearly identical price point: 60D or 75 RWD? Now add in the Model 3's existence and the fact that it will likely have a 60 kw battery too.
My vote - get either the 75 RWD now or base 60 and set aside that $5k you were going to drop for AWD and put it toward the 75kw upgrade later if needed.
I live in Florida. I went with the 70 (ordered just prior to the change to 60). $5k for the D just wasn't worth it. I wouldn't worry about resale value. There will be plenty of buyers in the south that won't care about D.
If you really need the extra traction get the D but pretty sure you won't need it in Florida