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Spacep0d

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4) I couldn’t really get a true sense of the performance as they gave me an M3P service vehicle locked in chill mode. I know it will be fine though.

Hi there,

It sounds like you have a fantastic basis of comparison with your ownership history. My history includes many sportbikes, an Abarth, a smart car (heh), two Honda Civic Si models (2002 and 2005), and nothing much beyond that.

Chill mode is almost worse than not driving the car at all. Performance in sport mode is a whole other world. You can adjust the feel of the steering, from 'comfort' (default) to I believe 'standard' and 'sport'. There's also track mode on the P cars, though I don't know if this is suitable for the street. Perhaps on a twisty it might be appropriate.

I have a Stealth, so it's very similar to what you tested; LR AWD everything but for the motors and software (Performance). I just took it through a canyon..the same canyon I rode so often on a sportbike....and I loved it. Holds the road fantastically well, even with the AWD trim. I could see throwing in some performance springs later, though I'd keep the 18" Aero wheels.

As for regen, you were getting used to this and this is just part of the EV experience. But, this is a great feature to get some miles back (especially going downhill) and you'll come to use your brakes rarely. You will save on brake discs too, with less brake dust generated.

I don't sense the build issues like others, but I've never owned any of the sport luxury brands. The Abarth was a doddle (and sounded great) but only costs $25k (or did then).
 

Jibjab

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Thanks everyone, still waiting for the finance approval until the actual order it placed, last time I called they had over 1,000 to process, not all Model 3s I assume :D
 
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LongRanger

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look forward to seeing your car and honest report of performance “fizz feeling” when it turns up. Good luck with the order !
 

Peteski

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Welcome back. Is your Performance still on order?

Cancelled it because I realised we didn't actually need it - which turned out to be a good call with the lockdown etc. But wife is now seriously thinking about ordering a LR M3 to replace her diesel donkey. Personally I would prefer her to get a Polestar just for something a bit different and also losing confidence in Tesla service capability as they scale up. Having said that my Model X has been faultless over 36k miles and is still awesome to drive. I should update my sig. (done!)
 
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Mr H

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Cancelled it because I realised we didn't actually need it - which turned out to be a good call with the lockdown etc. But wife is now seriously thinking about ordering a LR M3 to replace her diesel donkey. Personally I would prefer her to get a Polestar just for something a bit different and also losing confidence in Tesla service capability as they scale up. Having said that my Model X has been faultless over 36k miles and is still awesome to drive. I should update my sig. (done!)
Let me know if she needs a referral code :D
 
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ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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Cancelled it because I realised we didn't actually need it - which turned out to be a good call with the lockdown etc. But wife is now seriously thinking about ordering a LR M3 to replace her diesel donkey. Personally I would prefer her to get a Polestar just for something a bit different and also losing confidence in Tesla service capability as they scale up. Having said that my Model X has been faultless over 36k miles and is still awesome to drive. I should update my sig. (done!)

Irony:
Glad to have canceled car order because of the pandemic
Now want to buy a new car from China.
 

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