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From an experienced performance tuner and racer: "Best car I've ever driven."

Discussion in 'Model S' started by artsci, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. artsci

    artsci Sponsor

    May 10, 2012
    Timonium, Maryland
    Before I sold my S2000 in March I had it serviced and tuned at a major performance shop here in Baltimore. I had left some parts there and drove over today in my Model S to pick them up. One of the owners of the shop, who's an experienced racer and has driven just about every performance car made, tool a close look at the Model S. He loved the look of the cockpit and thought the entire design was incredibly well integrated. Knowing he was a great driver, I offered him a chance behind the wheel, which he snapped up in a flash.

    He was incredulous about the performance of the car, and especially impressed by the instant torque and power. "Warp drive" he called it. He said several times how much better the Model S was than the BMWs he had driven. When we returned to the shop he had the Tesla grin and couldn't stop tell all of his mates how great the car was.

    He said as I left "The Model S is now my favorite car. I'm going to start saving up for one."

    We have another advocate among knowledgeable car experts.
  2. jkeyser14

    jkeyser14 Member

    Jul 30, 2012
    Baltimore Area
    Nice. I have actually been seeing a fair number of Model S's in the Timonium/Baltimore/Owings Mills area over the past couple of months. I am scheduling a test drive for the end of the month but I pretty much know what to expect after having driven a roadster (I'm expecting an urge to empty my bank account on the spot).
  3. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

    Nov 29, 2012
    Batesville, IN
    Cool story artsci. I had the same experience last month. A friend who has always had high performance sport cars. Been to numerous race driving schools over the years. I told him to drive it like he stole it and he did. He jumped out and said: "I'm getting one." I told him about the P+ and he said "yeah, that's the one I'm getting."
  4. lolachampcar

    lolachampcar Active Member

    Nov 26, 2012
    WPB Florida
    I dropped by the BMW dealership with my P85 and let my sales bud drive it. I've been buying cars from him for 20 years, he obviously knows BMWs well and was the Indy Lights champion before he retired from racing (knows how to drive). He came away going "holly slip" that was the most fun I've ever had in a new car. He understands why he lost a customer.
  5. Velo1

    Velo1 Member

    May 28, 2012
    Evergreen, Colorado, United States
    Nice. A few weeks ago I took my oldest daughter, who just graduated college, to a Honda dealership to pick out a new car. Every salesperson dropped what they were doing to get up close and personal look at our Model S. I love embarrassing my daughter as much as I can.:tongue:
  6. MikeK

    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

    Jun 29, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area
    There does seem to be a pattern when showing up at a car dealership in a Model S. When I dropped by my local Toyota dealership to deliver the title to the Prius they bought from me, the sales floor emptied out. :)
  7. Mark R

    Mark R Member

    Apr 10, 2010
    My wife went to test drive a Lexus SUV today. The salesman asked what other cars were in the family. She told him I have a Tesla. He then spent the rest of the drive talking about how great the Tesla was. Couldn't stop!
    Forget about the Lexus... this guy should be working for Tesla. Oh, wait. I guess he is!
  8. augkuo

    augkuo Member

    Apr 24, 2011
  9. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2013
    Buckeye, AZ
    Best care I've ever driven /= best car I've ever owned
  10. Zextraterrestrial

    Mar 11, 2010
    Humboldt/Los Altos
    Funny, I went to 'look' at the Focus Electric and ended up giving the sales guy a test ride in My S!
    never even drove the electric Focus.. where the hell is the storage in that thing anyway :confused: just like a Leaf

    He couldn't stop commenting on how awesome every detail of the S was and was blown away by the speed and handling (gave him a quick but decent test ride ;>
  11. Denarius

    Denarius Active Member

    Apr 27, 2013
    I dropped my wife off to pick up her Subaru after some maintenance was done. The entire sales floor and service center emptied out and came to look at my car. My wife had to ask 3 different people to get her keys because they kept getting distracted by the Model S.

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