From the best data I can collect, it seems that Tesla is being conservative with the 0-60 time estimates (via software limitations) for both the SR and LR versions and that the 'hardware' of the M3 seems more powerful than the currently advertised specs. I was leaning toward the LR version and was a 3-31 pre-reveal reservation, so I could potentially have my M3 as soon as November, but I'm struggling to know whether I should snatch up the first production version or wait, and I'm wondering if any of you are too?
How confident can we be that the 'first production' M3 will get an software update for 0-60 acceleration down the line? I know that technology moves too quickly to always have the newest toy (unless you're filthy rich and can constantly upgrade) and I know I'll be waiting forever if I fear that the next version will be better. But I am the type of buyer who carefully weighs all options on big purchases. I'll say I sincerely think that any version of this car is an amazing value vs any other car on the market - it's still really hard to know what version will meet what I want (cost vs value) with such limited information about future versions and only being able to guess when the tax credit will start shrinking.
The primary option I'm willing to pay extra for is performance - I would be fine with a base model as far as the interior, but I'm willing to pay extra (within reason) to have a 0-60 time in the low 4 second range. I live in So Cal where AWD is totally unnecessary for stability, but if AWD makes the car much quicker I would be willing to pay/wait for it. However, it only decreases the Model S 75 0-60 by 0.1 seconds, which as much as I like to go fast is not worth roughly $4K IMO. Now, can I even afford a P80D? Probably not at the likely $50K+ price and the fact that the tax incentives will be gone or minimal by the time it's available. I personally can't substantiate spending over $45K (after whatever tax incentives are available) on a car no matter how cool it is. To be clear, I'm not asking Tesla to make the version I want first, and I totally understand them running the car in large similarly configured batches, but I think many of us would like to have some idea of what AWD/ the P version will cost and/or some estimated specs.
What are this boards' opinion on this? What are your guesses on the impact that AWD will have on acceleration? Can we contact Tesla to find out the likelihood of an OTA performance boost in the future? Is there any historical reference for this? I know the S 75 got a performance bump recently but that was so it would clearly outperforms the M3 - their hand was kind of forced there.
Again, I don't want to sound ungrateful, any offering of this car is a great deal - but I do wish that Tesla would be a bit more upfront with this information so we can make an informed choice on options. It seems they must some idea what the current versions of the SR and LR could do if not software limited (assuming they are at all). What do you guys think?
As for me, I'm now thinking about just buying the SR with minimal options while the tax credit is still $7.5K. That way I know I'm getting a great deal, optimizing what I get back from the government and then if the P80D proves very fast/not terribly expensive just 'trading up' for it when/if I can afford it.