I'm new to the world of Tesla, but I recently reserved a Model S and did the test drive today. I'm trying to decide if I'll move forward with my purchase, and if so, what battery pack I want. Hopefully, some of you who have been around a bit longer can give me some advice.
From a range point of view, both the 40 and 60 kWH models meet my needs. My commute to work is very short, and I have access to another vehicle for the rare occasion where I travel more than 40-50 miles in a day.
However, I'm concerned with the 40 and 60 kWh models from a performance POV. I am coming out of a BMW lease on a 335is which is a fairly good performing car. Clearly, the Model S Performance can keep up or beat my current car in most performance metrics. However, looking at just the numbers, the 40 and 60 kWh models are technically "slower" than my current car. The inability to test drive the lower-end models is frustrating for me, because I have no idea if I'll be happy with the performance of those models, should I order one.
All that said, can anyone give me any insight as to how they feel the performance of their 60 kWh (or 40, but not many owners of 40s out there yet) compares to the Performance model they took on the test drive? Is it as quick off the line? Does it still give you that exhilaration? I was really pleased with the Performance model, but I just don't know what to expect with the smaller battery packs. I'm not looking to race the thing; I just want to feel the power/torque when you push the gas.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts/experiences....