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Turn radius

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by smilepak, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. smilepak

    smilepak Member

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    What's ppl thought the u turn radius? The loaner P85+ I am driving doesn't seem to be as good as the Lexus GS I'm used to.
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    There's no doubt it's not as small as the 2001 Prius (9.4 m), but in almost all cases I can make a U turn without additional maneuvering.
     
  3. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    It's pretty large, but I have had no problems.
     
  4. BoerumHill

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    Curb to curb turning radius is 37'. For reference, Prius is 34'2".
     
  5. smilepak

    smilepak Member

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    True it's a bit longer than GS
     
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    AmpedRealtor Active Member

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    Car has the largest turn radius of any car I've previously owned, and is my only real disappointment with the car.
     
  7. mwulff

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    It turns like your average aircraft carrier. But the ride is awesome;)
     
  8. ecarfan

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    I think the S turning radius is quite reasonable for such a big car.
     
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    It's much tighter than our 2008 Mazda6 (which is quite a bit smaller).
     
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    It's not as tight as my Lexus IS... I have the D, and in general I feel that it turns with slight understeer. Still the best car ever though :)
     
  11. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    I'm curious if it is improved on the D models?At the Model X unveil, the turning radius of an AWD car with independent wheels was touted. Same should be true of the S, no?
     
  12. muleferg

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    It turns like your average aircraft carrier. But the ride is awesome

    And the P has the insane launch like the catapult.:rolleyes:
     
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    You guys are all comparing cars of smaller size. Prius? Lexus? Mazda? You need to compare it to Mercedes S class, Lexus LS400, and cars of similar sizes.
     
  14. mspohr

    mspohr Active Member

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    Mercedes S turn radius 12m (39 ft 4 in)
    Tesla S 37 ft
     
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    I find Tesla's turn radius to be similar to what you'd expect of such a car.
    Its got a big turn radius, but thats not something to complain about.
    You want a huge turn radius, try a ferrari. Even making left hand turns from a relatively narrow lane in that car is a chore.
     
  16. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    That would be the 2004+ Prius, 2001-2003 had a smaller turning radius
     
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    37' is the turning DIAMETER. I have two W211 Mercedes E500s. One RWD, the other AWD. My 85D turning circle appears to slot in closer to the AWD. I need to swing a little wider to make the 180 turn into the parking space I use at work vs. what I needed with the RWD, about the same as the AWD when I would take it. One of the reasons the 85D was an easy decision.
     
  18. Joules Verne

    Joules Verne Member

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    My BMW 5 series has a 39.4 ft turning radius, so the model s is tighter than that at 37'.
    similar size cars.
     
  19. RDoc

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    I still think they should have a differential braking mode where the inside wheel brakes were applied differentially to tighten up very low speed turns.
     
  20. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Given the complaints about tire wear, I suspect that's the last thing they would want to do.
     

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