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Invite to test drive M3 Performance

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by mrtian97, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. mrtian97

    mrtian97 Member

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    anyone else receive this invite?

    It’s in Hawthorne, Ca for 30 minutes test drive

    Thanks
     
  2. boriszima

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    Not me and i am in Los Angeles. Let us know how you like it and if its worth extra $10k +
     
  3. Trevor B

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    Didn't go ... wasn't looking to spend $15k to go 1 sec faster :rolleyes:
     
  4. iamblinkin

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    I test drove a P3D. I am not a car enthusiast (meaning I have not driven a bunch of cars nor do I know much about cars...the fastest thing I've driven would be a P100D test drive, never drove a BMW/Mercedes/Audi/etc.) but I love to drive and in my 1 year with my Golf R I have put almost 30k miles on it with only a 30 mile RT commute, so a lot of extra driving for fun. Model 3 will be only new/used car purchase until VW comes out with their EV van (can't. wait.). I have driven a LR RWD and P3D now. P3D is just a nutty car IMO and I love it. Is it necessary? No, absolutely not. In fact that's what I thought the whole test drive. Do I NEED my car to feel like it's trying to jump out of it's skin whenever I push the pedal down? Nope. But is that a blast? Yep. Is it work $10k? IMO, no, not if you're a normal driver or if another $10k is difficult to budget. Is it worth $10k PLUS free supercharging? IMO, yes. Again, I drive a lot. I drive for fun, up mountains and as twisty of roads as I can find. I plan on lots of road trips.

    The Model 3 is a wonderful car. RWD was an absolute blast, and if I had better impulse control or wasn't as fortunate to be able to afford a P3D without too much trouble I would be more than happy with a RWD (well, AWD actually due to semi-frequent trips to snow). However, if it didn't come with free supercharging I don't think I could've rationalized the up-charge just for the performance increase. From what it sounds like the AWD is a nice performance in-between if that's what you're looking for.
     
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  5. chronopc

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    I test drove the P3D at Tesla's HQ to compare it to my RWD. It was a such a blast. If I did the test drive before making my order I would have been very tempted to get the P3D. If you drive a lot and have any interests in going to the track the extra $20k is worth it.
     
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    Their campus is in Palo Alto. There's a really nice path there for the test drive.
     
  8. boriszima

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    I really appreciate the response and I totally agree with you, hence i "just" got AWD. With the test drives, one wonders if Tesla has a test track or just going on the roads... test track would be incredible to play around with the car
     
  9. patoirish

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    I walked into the San Diego store and was offered a test drive in the P3D. Was there for a wedding so I thought I thought it would be a great way to compare it to the RWD (which I had previously rented on Turo).

    It was significantly faster, but not enough to even tempt me to spend the extra money. Of course, the $55k that I am already spending is somewhat of a stretch as I'm a pretty conservative spender.

    Anyways if you're in the SD area they have all kinds of room to fit you in for a P3D test drive.
     
  10. MXWing

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    It’s 10K more above AWD. Not sure where 15K or 20K came from.

    The difference between rwd and p is like this:

    RWD you can see discrete numbers when accelerating. 0,17,25,37,44,50,56,60

    P is 0,blur,blur,60.
     
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  11. Msjulie

    Msjulie Active Member

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    I had a rear drive, wonderful car... but irrationality? won out and now I have the 'stealth' performance version - worth it is so totally subjective but the thing is a blast...
     

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