Submitted by Motobones on September 1, 2013
I have a deposit in for a Model S but I haven't confirmed it yet because I am trying to decide between the P85 with the 19" wheels and active air suspension and a P85+ which comes with the 21" wheels and multiple suspension changes. My concern is the trade off between ride quality and handling. I certainly want the car to handle well but not at the cost of a harsh and choppy ride. I can't really tell from the description of the package what the engineers were trying to address with the changes. Is the standard suspension very floaty and soft with poor turn in and road holding? Does the active air suspension improve the basic suspension and improve handling? I have a C63 AMG Mercedes that is fast, handles fairly well, but has a very stiff non-compliant ride. I certainly don't want that sort of ride in this car. I also have a concern about range. The 21" wheels come with a range penalty, that for me living in a land with no Superchargers, and one day a week where I drive 190 miles, may be a concern. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.