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Performance Model 3 is too cheap - about to drop some truth bombs.

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by MXWing, May 20, 2018.

  1. Uncle Paul

    Uncle Paul Well-Known Member

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    While I agree that the size of the Model 3 will make it more nimble and work better in crowded urban areas, many will make the case that the S and X are far better long distance comfort cruisers, with more spacious accomodations and much better cargo and passenger capacities.

    For some strange reason, every time someone posts that the Model 3 is far superior to the S, I always flash over to that picture of the Pope arriving at some event in the tiny back seat of a little Fiat.

    Model 3 stands on it's own. It is a great car with a compelling value proposition, but it appeals to a different group than the S. Neither is better or worse...just a different tool for a different job.
     
  2. MXWing

    MXWing Well-Known Member

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    The amount of ignorance blows my mind.

    Just because a screw cost one half of one cent to manufacture, the store should be selling a 10 pack of screws for 6 cents? We want them to make money but not too much money right?

    There is a huge premium just for performance and that's the way it is. The Model 3 P is cheap for what it is.

    335i vs M3: Is the M3 Really Worth It? <-- most cases, the M3 is not worth it. I will take a PM3 over the BMW M3.
     
  3. GatorGuy

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    People that don't value performance don't understand the costs associated with it. I would agree the 3-PD cost is low if the real world acceleration times clock it closer to 3s which we would expect from Tesla's history.
     
  4. adaptabl

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    The 3 is more like a Chevy Cruise. The S is a much higher quality car.
     
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  5. MXWing

    MXWing Well-Known Member

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    That's the thing - it's not understanding the costs of performance but ignorance to the extreme in how businesses are run.

    The general thesis going on is "I don't see $20K worth of parts" not $20K of performance or $20K of value.

    Tesla sells the P3D for what they can sell it for because -capitalism-.

    Though since it's also capitalism, Elon can't even sleep on a decent couch because they burn so much money bringing a product to market. And you still have people crying about what they are paying for and not caring if Tesla will be around to service their purchases.
     
  6. chickensworth

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    my ignorance is getting rek'd... too much shrapnel from all dem truth bombs being dropped by OP.

    of course there's a premium for performance... the question is, how much performance are you actually buying for your dollar? All things being equal from the LR to P except for acceleration, we know it's going to be a turd relative to the competition and will get eaten alive at the track unless there are tweaks to the suspension, rubber and brakes.
     
  7. lotusland

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    I don't think that there is any ignorance here, instead a few of us are asking what exactly is included in the P price. Elon's tweet implied more than just a spoiler and different tires, but other indications seem to be that those are the only differences. Those things don't tie up. I had firm plans to order the P, but I won't if those are the only differences. There are many reasons for that though, not just pricing. For one, I believe that a car that has the power to be driven hard needs the right brakes and suspension. I don't want the modern equivalent of a muscle car. Also, if the only differences are ones added after assembly -- like tires and the spoiler -- then it is likely that AWD buyers will get a P upgrade option in the future, and it is not likely that it will cost $24k. And finally, I want to encourage Tesla to make this a proper performance car by only purchasing it when I know that it will be one.
     
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  8. MXWing

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    #68 MXWing, Jan 10, 2019
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    This thread has aged well.

    I set a provocative tone sometimes for entertainment value while informing but no match for the champ @timk225.

    The crux and point of the thread was validated.

    The base Model S looks very uncomfortable when positioned next to the Model 3.

    This was before the 5K price drop on the highest end Model 3 relative to the S.

    Glad to see Tesla starting to create some product differentiation.

    It really does make sense for the S and X to be the flagship models but they actually have been behind the 3 for two years which is head scratching.

    Will chalk that up to "production hell".
     
  9. TANGO SUKKA

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    agree. p3d > base S 99% of the time
     
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  10. Lifeinabox

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    Especially now that the base S starts at $94k. ;)
     
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    A base S should also have sub 3.3 0-60 and a lot of other things for the 94K price.
     
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    Why? The regular 5 series doesn’t need to outrun the M3 to sell. Other things for sure.
     
  13. MXWing

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    94K base is a lot for a car. Yes, other things can be done and should be done to increase the value proposition other than speed alone.

    I would recommend Tesla shoots for at least 3.2 so psychologically, the big spendy S buyer is not compromising on a car that runs 6 digits upfront.
     
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    differentiation is key... the S platform is bigger and heavier, a natural fit for making it a luxury grand tourer while the 3 will always be more spritely and a 'drivers' car. Think C class vs S class... 3 series vs 7 series etc... completely different missions and price points. When introduced, the Model S needed to appeal to a very wide audience, but now with more models, hopefully each platform can play to it's natural strengths.
     
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  15. Lifeinabox

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    The price will undoubtedly drop back down. The removal of the “base” model is only temporary to realign the offerings.
     
  16. wenkan

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    Yes it's too cheap compared to BMW M3, C63AMG, 718 Cayman GTS and a big bunch of "performance" cars barely reaching 0-60 in about 4 seconds.
     
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