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P3D — First Trip Up Angeles Crest Highway

Discussion in 'Model 3: Driving Dynamics' started by ForeverFree, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. ForeverFree

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    #1 ForeverFree, Jul 25, 2018
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    Doesn’t ge any better than this.

    Acceleration is absurd ... even uphill. What seemed like three seconds of right foot left my wife woozy ... and the speedo at 70. Immediate response inspires enormous confidence when circumstances require a quick pass. A+ ... and a total blast.

    Regular RWD Model 3 takes mountain curves as if on rails. AWD only helps. No chirping or skittering under full acceleration.

    Beyond that, though, I don’t believe the P (without Performance Upgrade) delivers any particular advantages. Max performance drivers will want 20” wheels, upgraded summer tires, beefier brakes, lowered, track-friendly suspension, etc.

    However, for the average amateur canyon carver, the base wheel/tire/suspension set-up offers a near-ideal compromise among conflicting comfort, handling, clearance, and tire wear/durability goals.

    One surprise, inspired by questions from TMCers: I tried Chill Mode, which I’ve heretofore avoided like the plague. Turns out that it makes it even easier to deliver a smooth cruise, while still affording plenty of whoosh potential when needed. Put on a Sinatra tune and enjoyed it. A useful tool.

    Of course, then promptly dialed up a catchier beat ... and Sport Mode!

    If this isn’t the perfect car, it’s sure close. Definitely the most fun car I’ve ever driven!


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    Oh, and a P.S. The second generation of Model 3 seats is a noticeable improvement. More cushioned. Better cocooning for corners. Better fit for shorter drivers. And, more comfortable, to boot!
     
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  2. S4WRXTTCS

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    Is this the first known delivery of a P3D to a customer?

    Normally Test drives with the P3D have the performance upgrade.
     
  3. ForeverFree

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    Took delivery on Saturday.

    Was told that it was the first P3D to come out of that delivery center (Marina del Rey, Los Angeles).
     
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    Very cool, congrats. Regarding your comments on the perf upgrade package, is this spoken from experience with a vehicle with those upgrades, or are you just guessing based on your experience with a non-upgrade P model? Because they are very much at odds with what others are saying about their test drives of a fully upgraded P.
     
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    If you hurry, you can be the VERY FIRST PERSON to ever post an in-car driving video of a Performance Model 3!
     
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  6. ForeverFree

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    I was able to throughly test drive the full Monty the day before I took deliver.

    That said, I'm neither a track-tested driver nor a pro reviewer. I'm merely citing a gut sense that grippier tires, beefier suspension, and lowered geometry would allow a skilled driver to extract more from this car at the limit.

    Me ... I have no interest in testing that limit. I've seen too many accidents on the Crest and elsewhere.
     
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  7. MXWing

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    You can either YOLO - or let a professional on a track figure out the car limitations. ;)
     
  8. wallet.dat

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    I hate how I can only "Like" the OP once :(
     
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  9. ronin

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    Fantastic review! Confirmed my decision to pay for the P3D over the AWD. I'm also not planning on getting the $5K Performance Upgrade Packet (man I wish they renamed that, very confusing).

    Those aero wheels sans covers look great too!
     
  10. Asuh

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    Oh man, I love ACH! We definitely need to organize a Performance variant only group ride up ACH...take over the lot at Newcombs. Well, once there are enough P3s out on our SoCal streets.
     
  11. calvinvle

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    You'll get a ton of youtube hits & some revenue if you make a video ASAP. You have a very rare car in your hands right now!
     
  12. EvilCowPow

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    Suspension of the upgrade package and the non-upgrade is the same. You won't notice beefier brakes unless you are on the track.
     
  13. Knightshade

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    Not according to the configurator- it lists the lowered suspension specifically on the 5k upgrade.

    (though no details, and it's a tiny drop, so could just be geometry adjustment needed for the 20s)
     
  14. EvilCowPow

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    You're right, but it's so small 1.2 cm you would never notice anyway. Better off Getting the non 5k upgrade and just get better springs / lighter wheels / aftermarket spoiler ect.. only thing you can't do aftermarket is the 10mph.
     
  15. Ssssly

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    Thanks to the OP for posting as I'm vacillating on this very topic.

    What was the ride quality between the Non-Performance upgrade and the Performance upgrade?

    Interested in how much rougher the ride is with the 20" wheels.
     
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    Thanks for sharing! Have a performance delivery scheduled for 8/6.... same config as yours. What’s your vin number? Mine is 63,0xx
     
  17. pokerfun

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    Thanks for the info. Quick question Were you able to sense a significant difference between the full monty and the performance without upgrade in terms of road noise and ride comfort? We do some long family trips on the weekends but I like the aesthetics of the upgrade package.
    Thanks!
     

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