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Are the Rear-Wheel Drive 85s Going Extinct?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Cattledog, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. mwulff

    mwulff Member

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    I bought RWD and I live in Scandinavia. I also prefer more frunk space and less noise from the front motor.
     
  2. David99

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    There are some advantages of dual motors, but some disadvantages. Frankly in terms of driving performance and road stability, the RWD Model S is perfectly fine. I use the frunk space on a daily basis and would hate to lose it. There is no advantage to me to have dual motors, but I would suffer some disadvantages. 7% more range on the D isn't worth anything to me as I almost never need it's full range.
     
  3. eye.surgeon

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    Not to mention that 7% extra range is an unfulfilled promise, yet to materialize in the real world where the S has the longest actual range.
     
  4. matbl

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    But I think a S70 for $5k less than a S70D would sell even better...
     
  5. MsElectric

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    Actually pretty much the entire Mercedes AMG line went AWD a couple of years ago. AWD is especially useful, even on dry roads, for performance sedans.

    AWD is especially popular in the luxury/premium car segment. A little over half of what Mercedes sells is sold with AWD.

    That said I fully understand why RWD is sufficient for you and many other people though I think it is only a matter of time until the RWD Model S is discontinued. This will then allow them to build one AWD platform for the Model S and the Model X.

    I wonder if any of the newer RWD 80 models still have the microwave. It would be interesting if Tesla starts using the AWD platform for the RWD Model S by simply omitting the front motor and keep everything else the same :)
     
  6. jaguar36

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    Only the S63 is available with AWD, The rest of the AMG line (CLA45, C63, E63, SL63/65 and GT) are only rear wheel drive.

    Besides for the VW group of car companies, the vast majority of other performance cars are RWD. Even the 950hp LaFerrari is only RWD.
     
  7. Out4aDuck

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    OK, apparently not dead yet.
     
  8. bonaire

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    You got your wish for a 70, now let's see how they present with the orders that breser tracks.

    I know so many choose the 85D over the 85, so I doubt that 70 sells any better than 70D when you know the performance and driveability is better in the 70D plus you get better all-weather control.

    70D became popular but it's hard to know if 70 will become more popular than the 60 ever was versus the 85 series of choices
     
  9. Tripple_T

    Tripple_T Cincinnati Member

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    Let's not forget that the single motor means there are less high dollar items that can break and need replaced. I love my S85 because of the simple and elegant design. Adding a second motor increases the complexity. One could argue that two motors increases the risk of catastrophic failure.
     
  10. breser

    breser AutoPilot Nostradamus

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    Except that we know the car can be driven with only one functioning motor. We've seen people with AWD cars have one motor fail and they were still able to drive.
     
  11. Tripple_T

    Tripple_T Cincinnati Member

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    I agree that it is possible to drive on one motor, but it also introduced the possibility that a failure will lock a wheel or make the car inoperable. Just possible is all I am saying.

    BTW - this conversation is a bit out dated based on today's announcement of the additional model S70. (70 with RWD only) The market spoke, Tesla listened.
     
  12. TexasEV

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    Actually today's announcement may make it more likely that rear wheel drive 85s will go extinct. There are too many choices in the lineup with small differences between them. With 90 and 70, there is little reason for an 85. Many here think the 85s will be discontinued soon as that battery supply with the original chemistry is depleted.
     
  13. Tripple_T

    Tripple_T Cincinnati Member

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    That is saying the whole line up will eventually go extinct. I think we can all agree that at some point the 85 will be surpassed by a bigger battery. Here is the new question. Will the 90 offer RWD?
     
  14. neroden

    neroden Model S Owner and Frustrated Tesla Fan

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    I guess the front motor costs a lot. People are willing to go without AWD for $5000.
     
  15. mwulff

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    I Think the rwd version is here to stay for good. It gives buyers a cheaper option, and allows tesla to earn higher margins on the d models.

    Also so since the differences between the rwd and awd models is relatively tiny it doesn't cost Tesla much to offer both models.

    Not to mention that many buyers, myself included, prefer the rwd version of the car.
     
  16. Matteo

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    The S90 single motor is already available in the design studio. It is just difficult to see because of the complicated options. Here is a list of current models available. New models are shown in bold. I expect that all 85's will be discontinued soon.


    1. 70
    2. 70D
    3. 85
    4. 90
    5. 85D
    6. 90D
    7. P85D
    8. P90D
    9. P90D Ludicrous
     
  17. matbl

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    Complicated options? Go to the configuration page on a european Audi, BMW or Mercedes site and you will realize that Tesla is simple and actually bundles too much.
     
  18. Panu

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    Options are not at all complicated. It is much more complicated to find out the cash price at least in Finnish page. Calculator is needed and you need to find the correct numbers to sum up.

    My experience with other car makers is also that they offer every little option as separate (for example I took leather shifting stick to my Hilux).
     
  19. ecarfan

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    @Matteo, thank you for your clear and concise post. I agree with you that it seems quite likely that in the near future Tesla will discontinue all 85 versions. The cost and range difference between the 85 and the 90 in my opinion does not justify continuing to offer both batteries. It is even possible that the X will launch with only 70 and 90 versions.
     
  20. caddieo

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    Not extinct................Rare/One-of-a-Kind/CLASSIC. :smile:
     

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