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Are there downsides to performance version (other than cost)

Discussion in 'Model S' started by DaveVa, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Schlermie

    Schlermie P4932 - Delivery: 12/22

    Dec 24, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    In one of these forums, somebody sent a long list of questions to Tesla which they graciously answered. One of the questions asked what the settings were for the air suspension. Admittedly, I read through the answer rather quickly because I had to go somewhere, but from what I recall, there were a couple settings that raised the vehicle an inch or two from default. Disappointingly, I'd swear it said the vehicle will only lower itself by 1/10th of an inch from default. If that's the extent of its ability to lower the car, that's virtually negligible. Did I read something incorrectly in my haste? Can the suspension lower itself further when traveling at high speeds?
  2. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Northern Virginia
    I think this is the post you wanted.

  3. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

    Apr 2, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    You're exactly right... that's why I want the Performance version.
  4. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Voltage makes me tingle.

    Nov 3, 2009
    Smithfield, VA
    Perhaps this is obvious, but I didn't see it specifically mentioned: flooring it in the performance car will have a higher discarge C rate on the battery, and consequently will technically do more damage to the battery over the long term (just like quick charging more frequently).

    However, it may be that the duration of these power spurts is short enough (and the difference is small enough) that over time it's not a significant detractor to battery life, unless the car is raced frequently.

    Edit: Maybe this is what AnOutsider was referring to in the second post. I read his comment as referring to less range-per-charge when flooring it, whereas I'm referring to battery degredation.
  5. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

    Apr 3, 2009
    Nope, you're right. I was meaning a hit on the range during that charge, not overall through the life of the battery
  6. XrstalLens

    XrstalLens Model S P1327 VIN P01867

    Dec 30, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    I've been wondering if there's actually an upside to the performance version (aside from the obvious...), which is that beefier powertrain components (the inverter specifically) will operate at a smaller percentage of it's peak output on average. This could mean that for normal driving it runs cooler and mabye more efficiently, thus extending the life of the components. Of course, it's totally unclear what the life of the normal inverter is, and I'm sure it's more than the life of the battery, but it seems like this could be a possible, if not very significant, benefit to the performance version: longer life of the electronics. Thoughts?
  7. William13

    William13 Active Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    South Bend
    I hope X is right but I suspect that the battery life is an order of magnitude shorter than the motor or inverter.

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