Is 4.4 seconds vs 5.6 seconds alone worth $10k?

Is 4.4 seconds vs 5.6 seconds alone worth $10k?

I posed this same question over on TMC - sorry for the repeat but trying to reach the widest audience. I am considering upgrading to the performance. However, I wouldn't get either the carbon fiber interior or the performance rims - just not my color tastes. I don't really care about the exterior accents. Plus it would force me to go to the black interior from white - I can't have white alcantara with two kids, they will destroy that in a week. SO that leaves the question - is going from a 60 time of 5.6 to 4.4 really worth $10k? Is 5.6 "fast enough?"

jean-paul.dubois | June 28, 2012

I also have a roadster so I decided to take the performance pkg. And with 36% subsidies on electric cars here in The Netherlands it is still cheaper than an Audi A6...

Volker.Berlin | October 21, 2012

Update from an owner: "I did not opt for the performance version. Unfortunately speed is like a drug and you will want more but three weeks in I am completely satisfied with the standard version. I previously drove an Acura TL and the torque on the S is just unbelievable. I can only imagine the tickets I would get with the performance version. I am sure the performance version is unbelievable but it is hard to imagine it being any faster. The standard version is fast!"

archibaldcrane | October 21, 2012

Just stick with the standard, you've got two kids, you aren't going to be street-racing. 5.6 is going to be fast enough (it's really fast) for 100% of your needs. The 100% torque from a standstill and no gear shifting is the most impressive part of the car's performance, the additional speed is secondary.

Captain_Zap | October 21, 2012

Once I saw the differences between the Performance interior and the Non-Performance interior it tipped the scales to Performance and there was no going back.

Superliner | October 21, 2012

To answer the question "as asked" in a word, No

DouglasR | October 21, 2012

Well, if you were planning to get Active Air Suspension and 21" performance tires, it's really less than $10k. Works out to about $500 per 0.1 second.

BYT | October 21, 2012

Is it worth it? To me, yes!! And it's 1.2 seconds faster and not 0.1

I wanted the red striping and CF interior and wanted the dark 21" rims so reintegrating, YES! Well worth it considering the amount of time I plan to keep my Model S for and want to bramble to upgrade my battery later and have all the options available which includes performance options. This is a gift to me for my hard work, not going to short change myself and regret my purchase later.

BYT | October 21, 2012

Bramble - be able

Sorry, reread and better understood the .1 seconds per $500 referance after posting.

Volker.Berlin | October 22, 2012

Well, if you were planning to get Active Air Suspension and 21" performance tires, it's really less than $10k. Works out to about $500 per 0.1 second. (DouglasR)

I can tell you're trying really hard to rationalize that decision... Now, if you divide those $500 by the number of years you are going to drive the car, and the average number of passengers in the car, and the number of wheels on the car... it turns out, you can actually get the performance version practically for free! :-D

mrspaghetti | October 22, 2012


Good one :)

DouglasR | October 22, 2012