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S85 vs. P85 suspension - any difference?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by cab, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. cab

    cab Member

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    Is there any difference between the old S85 and P85 air suspensions? I know the P85+ had a number of changes (sways, bushings, dampers, staggered tires, etc.), but I'm not 100% positive the S85 and P85 were the same.

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  2. Alysashley79

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    The answer depends on when it was produced. I have a P85 but the service center told me that my set up is exactly the same as a p85+ only I run with 19" wheels. A friend got theirs 3 months earlier than I did and I can feel a complete difference in handling.
     
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    Hmmm, I know the later P85 (and maybe even S85) cars got the same bushings in the subframe as the P85+, but I don't think the dampers and sway bars were updated to the P85+ versions. Indeed, if that were the case there would not have been ANY difference between the P85 and P85+ in the later months except for the staggered rims (which seems hard to believe given the price delta).
     
  4. Alysashley79

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    Yes but at the very end of the RWD p85 vs p85+ versions the price difference was only $5000. The staggered wheels and tires are $6k but tesla offered a discount between the two because the primacies that they sell on all their cars now used to be an "upgrade" you got with the p85 version.
     

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