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Test Drive Yesterday

Discussion in 'Model S' started by rogbmw, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. rogbmw

    rogbmw Member

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    Took an extended test drive yesterday, as both my wife and I booked back to back appointments. It is time to "finalize" my order, so we wanted to drive the car first. Took the 4 hour trip to the South Florida store and Garrett was great. He took a lot of time to show us the touch screen controls in the silver Beta on the showroom floor. The test drive was in a White Performance - WOW what a car. On the test loop, I had a chance to experience the Phenomenal acceleration of the car. Wicked pickup!! Also, the handling was very impressive for a car that size. Still not sure about the Pano roof, although I did like it on one hand, but am unsure of it in the Florida sun - plus, I have never really used the sunroof in any cars I have had in the past. While the wife was driving I was sitting in the back (I'm almost 6'3"), and I did have headroom - but I did feel the a little heat from the glass. I am going with the the 85 battery pack, but don't think I really need the performance upgrade of the Performance version.

    Now....decisions - decisions - decisions:confused:
     
  2. tdelta1000

    tdelta1000 Active Member

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    Hey rogbmw... If losing the pano roof is not a deal breaker then the 85 kwh without the pano would be perfect for you and the wife. I figure that you will mostly sit in the front of the S therefore headroom not may not be an issue. Congrats on your reservation.
     
  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    While my wife (5' 6.5" - yes, she insists on noting that additional 0.5" :)) was driving the silver car with a black solid roof at Menlo Park the other day, I (6' 1" - long legs) was seated right behind her and had so much legroom that I could stretch out comfortably with no headroom issues at all consequently. It reminded me of a ride in a BMW 7-series sedan once.

    Yes, had it been someone taller than my wife driving, I'd have had more trouble with the headroom in the back.

    All in all, punting on the pano roof is one decision that I'm very happy with.
     
  4. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    I was firmly decided against the pano roof until I sat in the back seat of a production car and realized that it's necessary to get enough headroom for anyone with above-average torso length. It also adds a lot of light and feeling of spaciousness to the car. If you don't expect to be taking longer drives with adults in the rear, the pano roof could go; otherwise, I think it's a good investment (even as someone who started the process supposing I would get a solid roof).
     
  5. kvietor

    kvietor Model S S280 VIN 168

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    I've had my car for three weeks now and put a modest 900 miles on it. At one point it was parked in the hot Florida sun for about 4 hours and shortly after getting back in I felt very comfortable. Most of the miles were put on during the day and I have had no complaints about excessive heat coming through the pano roof. Personally, I am completely satisfied with my decision to go with the pano roof. The rest of the car is a dream. I just spent the last 20 minutes or so sitting in it in the garage just smiling.:biggrin:
     
  6. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    As a general data point, I was able to look directly at the sun (in Dania Beach) through the Pano roof. It blocks a lot of light and heat.
     
  7. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    Many say the performance version is great if you want a performance car. If you are looking for something that is still scary quick off the line, the regular 60 or 85 will do fine.

    Pano is a personal preference item. I also wasn't sold on sunroofs in general until a friend pointed out they are great for leaving cracked to let the hot air out. The pano may fail for parking it that way, but just letting all the air out at once looks like a great idea. Plus it really seems large enough to get a convertible feeling when driving (I hope!).

    kvietor likes it, I suspect I'll like it too.
     
  8. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    The Model S pano has a "vent" setting that just flips up the trailing edge, perfect for this purpose.
     
  9. rogbmw

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    Thanks to the replies so far. I did not notice the heat from the glass when sitting in the front seat, but did when sitting in the back. I do like the "open-ness" of the glass top. My every day car is a BMW 1 Series M coupe (or 1M for short as we say) which is one of the quickest cars with the most useable torque I have driven as a daily driver, and the performance S was just a quick, or even quicker in traffic.
     
  10. mknox

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    Thanks. I was wondering if it did that. I had the impression that "Vent" just slid it back an inch or so,
     
  11. kinddog

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    My first test drive was at the Gaithersburg, MD "Get Amped" event. it was terribly congested with traffic that day. i drove the Performance version (which i will be getting). after my drive, my impression was that this car leaves all other cars behind.

    My second test drive was at the DC dealership last week. somehow, the traffic was lighter and the drive was much longer. i drove the 85kWh version. after my drive, i realized that my initial impression wasn't very accurate.

    in reality, this car leaves all other cars FAR behind. it renders everything else antiquated.

    i was impressed the first test drive. i was absolutely blown away with the second. and that was from the less powerful model!

    i feel sorry for anyone who gets to test drive this car but doesn't have the means to buy one. nothing else can possibly satisfy after experiencing the Model S.

    being 10,340... this will be the longest wait of my life. :crying:
     
  12. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Slightly off-topic, but I was in Gaithersburg, too, but haven't had time for a real test drive yet. That was just a teaser. ;-) So . . . my Q for you is, what's the DC test drive like? Where's it go? They're not exactly well-placed to show off what the car can do...or do they just hop on 395 or something and go down and back up? Out 66? Etc. Thanks.
     
  13. mknox

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    It's true. I've had two test drives myself (one Performance, one Standard) and you can really feel the deficiencies of an ICE when you get back from the test drive. I drive a pretty nice car now, but the huffing and puffing of the engine, gear changes of the transmission etc. are all very noticable when driven back to back. It must be crazy weird to own a Model S, drive it daily, then have to get back in an ICE for some reason or other.
     
  14. nrcooled

    nrcooled P#8946 VIN 03225

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    My wife and I also did the test drive at the dealership and there is a planned route. Since we know DC pretty well we "deviated" from the route a bit to go to more familiar roads. We took K down to 395 and headed south a bit. Then we jumped on the parkway and headed towards Adams Morgan then to Georgetown. We jumped on the E Street Expressway then to Rock Creek after getting back on K. Rock Creek is a great way to experience some of the handling through the bends. We did not do the 25mph limit on Rock Creek though :)

    On topic: Rogbmw - I am jealous that you have a 1 series M! When it came out I wanted one so bad but they were all spoken for by the time I decided I was going to pull the trigger. I do feel that the S will fully make up for me missing out on the 1M.

    Now I just need to figure out, like the OP, if I want the pano roof. I have a car without an sunroof (WRX) and a convertable (S2000) which will both being going away when I get the Model S. I was thinking that the pano would be a great replacement for the S2000 but I am now debating since I upped my original plan of getting the 60kwh to the 85kwh.
     
  15. kinddog

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    nrcooled answered you better than i can. and even though i'm from NoVa, i don't know DC well at all, so I could barely tell you anyway. but it was a good 20-30min. i did it on Friday at lunch and the traffic wasn't too bad. there's a nice stint on 395, which wasn't backed up, that was the best part. although it was also impressive to see how smooth it rode over the crappy DC streets and manhole covers and stuff.

    somehow i was 10X more excited after that test-drive than the first.

    and the girls down there at the DC Tesla store are great.

    highly recommended and worth your time!
     
  16. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Great, thanks, nrcooled & kinddog! One more Q--did you have to call for an appointment (or is that recommended), or just show up?
     
  17. nrcooled

    nrcooled P#8946 VIN 03225

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    I called for an appointment before they actually had test drive cars. They called me back and made my appt a few days later. I would suggest calling to make an appt prior to going so you have the time with the car and specialist.
     
  18. kinddog

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    yea definitely get an appt so the trip isn't wasted. that said, it's not like they're jam-packed with drives, but why take the risk of showing up when both cars are out, you know?
     
  19. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Good points, thanks. :)
     

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