Submitted by Dewittekoen on May 18, 2013
Thanks to the Tesla team that took care of the test driving sessions this morning in Brussels. they were very helpful, friendly and professional as you expect from a young team.
the test track was a bit too short too convince me fully to buy a P85+ but at least one gets a good idea of the capacities of the model S.
first impression driving the car; it drives very comfortably. my current car (CLS AMG) is pretty hard although it got only 19' wheels, the P85 had 21'. the second positive impression is of course the linearity of the accelerations. a negative point is the floaty feeling when accelerating firmly, my AMG outscores the P85 largely here. I shared this with another testdriver who agreed fully. I believe the performance plus package might solve this ... for a friendly upcharge of 6600 Euro...
since I had been reading remarks on the forum about the noise, I was a bit anxious about it but I have to say that it's acceptable, as far as one can make a good judgement on the bases of such a short trip.
another pleasant surprise was the fact that all seemed to be assembled pretty well for a newly introduced car. no cracking, no noises! I had other high end first series BMW/Merc's that were not assembled as good. the quality of the interior is not really up to the BMW/Audi/Merc's top range and that's a pitty. with a price of abt 100K to 119K Euro for a fully equiped P85+, I expected better. the center console is poorly finished, the touch and looks of some material should be better, and the floor mats/carpets looked a bit worn already.
overall my impression is positive but I'd need to drive the car on a bit longer and known track to be assure and confinced fully. I'd be happy to rent the car for a day but that's not possible yet.
I had a few discussions after the test drive and if I may suggest one thing to the Tesla team it's to get well informed about the specific tax and fiscal advantages driving an electric car in Belgium. I'm sure most potential buyers in Belgium are either CEO/CFO's/Partners or business owners. I like the Model S and the vision of TM very much in many ways but the extra trigger I had to consider buying a Model S is the important fiscal advantages you get from a company point of view. it's cheaper to drive than many other less expensive premium models regardless of the energy saving. to the team, check it out and make comparisons to show potential buyers if asked for.
I hope this review has been helpfull for other European / Benelux potential buyers.