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Air vs adaptive suspension

voltage

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Feb 14, 2016
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Raleigh, NC
Hi. I’m thinking about buying a used MS performance for around $60k. My biggest concern is the ride quality. I drove a Raven and the suspension felt just right. Does air suspension in say a 2016 model give a similar ride? I’ll probably go with 19” wheels. I ended up selling my model 3 due to the harsh ride. Thanks
 

glide

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Jun 6, 2018
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Hi. I’m thinking about buying a used MS performance for around $60k. My biggest concern is the ride quality. I drove a Raven and the suspension felt just right. Does air suspension in say a 2016 model give a similar ride? I’ll probably go with 19” wheels. I ended up selling my model 3 due to the harsh ride. Thanks

I have a 2015 P85D with + suspension.

Also drove a raven refresh recently and the raven is much softer (which I personally did not like).

I cannot comment on the standard performance suspension.
 

voltage

Member
Feb 14, 2016
175
256
Raleigh, NC
The "Sport" setting (to me) feels like my P85+, and the "Standard" setting is smoother.

Thanks for that input. Sport felt more like a Model 3 to me. Standard was just right. Maybe I’ll go for a LR instead of buying used. I really want a performance but at 100k it’s more than I want to spend. Also wanted a sunroof. Oh well.
 

jerseygirl18

jersey girl
Aug 21, 2019
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Delray Bch/Chicago/Brklyn
i traded in an 2016 S550...it's not a fair apples to apples comparison...however, the ride is 90% of the smoothness of the MB. The 2016 S was the smoothest i ever owned in 3 decades with MB. My hubs is most critical of how cars ride (he drives a 911..((not so smooth..HAHA)) he is totally cool with my X. He has no complaints! i think the Raven has really made it great riding with the new suspension.
 

FatherTo1

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Mar 7, 2019
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877
California
Glad we got a Raven S as ride quality matters to me, coming from a Lexus LS 460. Like the post above, I feel the Raven air suspension provides 90% comfort of the big Lexus.

I initially looked at used S/X but the X had horrible ride quality, even on 20s. I have had three 2018 S 75D loaners and they definitely ride harsher than the Raven refresh. I don't think I could live with the pre-Raven ride quality. Here's some data from one of the YouTube reviews:

Screenshot_20191126-151729_YouTube.jpg
 

jerseygirl18

jersey girl
Aug 21, 2019
516
184
Delray Bch/Chicago/Brklyn
I never drove a preRaven except on demo prior to purchase. Who remembers...I do know my MX Raven is super quiet, extremely comfortable & I'm not missing my MB S 550..and that was a comfortable ride..."moved on " as they say
 

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