I took delivery in February of an S-85. I really wanted the P, but for a variety of reasons, mostly to do with money and time of delivery (mostly money), I finished the build on my "regular" car. I had to have some warranty issues cleared up and waited until there was an available loaner. Surprisingly, I was given a choice of a 60 and 85 and a P-85. I took the P knowing full well that once I got my car back, I'd wish even harder that I had gotten the P.
I have had the car one day and the difference between 0-40 in the cars is noticeable. Of course, the acceleration in the S is fine. If I want to go fast I press a little harder on the S than on the P. For most things, it's fine. Of course, when you're next to the kid in his dad's Carrera you want the P. And truthfully, I'd like the P's performance. But the difference is not so great that you can't enjoy the S.
When I give test rides, after a person feels the pull and says some form of "Oh Sh*t!" I explain that this car isn't the fast one. But it's obviously fast enough. I'm looking forward to getting my car back.
Without sounding like sour grapes here are my honest thoughts.
1. I like the all leather seats. I don't like the suede inserts or the odd color piping. Of course this is a personal matter and some people are crazy about the suede headliner. I like the regular car better.
2. The ride is smoother with my 19" wheels. The 21's look better, but for a variety of reasons (not mostly money) I prefer mine. Now you can get the performance with 19's but couldn't when I ordered.
3. The performance for 0-40 is probably where the 1.4 second 0-60 differential comes in. It is truly amazing.
If money is no object, the P is the car (with the no cost downgrade to the 19's) But if I was given the opportunity to trade the brand new loaner (black with grey) for my car (pearl with tan) even up, it would be hard for me to think I was trading up that much.
I think I'll have the loaner a couple of days and maybe something will convince me that I made a big mistake in not waiting for the P and paying the extra, but right now I'm fine with my choice and I love my car even more than I did when I turned it in for service.