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... you already have a RWD Model 3. I'm trying to digest what happened on my test drive this afternoon and the only thing I can come back with is how do I sell my car without losing money and swing for the fences on the performance car (read as unlikely to happen). My wife does want a Model 3, but she has her heart set on the white/white treatment and thus my car won't do it for her.

Full video review coming later, but for now I will leave you with this -- the instant torque factor in the RWD is awesome. On the flip slide when you're rolling and hit the GO pedal in the Performance Car you feel your chest sink back into the seat. So I repeat, do not test drive the Model 3 Performance if you already have a Model 3 RWD -- it's going to cost you a good $30k! :eek::eek::eek:

EDIT -- Adding First Impressions video!

 
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you strike me as someone who is never happy with what you have / grass is always greener on the other side of the fence sort of guy.

might I suggest to appreciate what you have and not worry so much about what you don't ;)
In all seriousness, I absolutely love my Model 3 and I am not entertaining trading it in. My wife is very likely to get a dual motor Model 3 though.

You have somewhat hit the nail on the head with my personality though -- I am always blinded by the next shiny toy. The new thing I am working on is impulse control :D:p:cool:
 
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Interestingly enough, I did the same thing but in the reverse order. My wife and I test drove a Performance first and then a Long Range about 1.5 weeks later. So, we take off from the Tesla dealer in the Performance Model 3 and while turning right to get onto the main road I push the throttle about half way down, as another car was approaching. Understand that I am pushing the accelerator half way down as I am used to being in Eco Mode in my Prius. Wow- lesson learned very quickly! Fifty-five to 75 seemed to take about a second and a half. The Long Range, which I still love and is an absolutely wonderful car, had no chance. I knew the moment I drove it (the LR) through the on-ramp, full throttle, onto the highway that the Performance was the one for me. Very different beasts. Seemed like the Performance handled a bit tighter too but I did not check the settings.
 

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I have no idea what a Performance is like to drive, and I'm happy. :)
You are going to be in love the second you step on the go pedal. Well probably before that, but seriously after that ;)
 

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I signed up for a test drive as they were offered (just days) before I could even order my car. I convinced myself I would still go when they call so I can test drive the performance. I'm definitely concerned I will then be even more upset with the lack of insane acceleration in the RWD. But...better to regret doing something than miss the opportunity.
 

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I didn't need to be told not to test drive a performance model 3. I'm already secretly wanting more of that ooomph feel. It's like once you experience that instant torque in a Tesla, you want more because it feels so good. My RWD is dangerously fast already, so it's a good thing I can't afford a P3D. I have never been pulled over before but I fear I may get my first ticket if I had a P3D.

I'm 100% happy with my RWD, and no I'm not scheduling a test drive for the Performance. I wouldn't want to return it.
 

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... you already have a RWD Model 3. I'm trying to digest what happened on my test drive this afternoon and the only thing I can come back with is how do I sell my car without losing money and swing for the fences on the performance car (read as unlikely to happen). My wife does want a Model 3, but she has her heart set on the white/white treatment and thus my car won't do it for her.

Full video review coming later, but for now I will leave you with this -- the instant torque factor in the RWD is awesome. On the flip slide when you're rolling and hit the GO pedal in the Performance Car you feel your chest sink back into the seat. So I repeat, do not test drive the Model 3 Performance if you already have a Model 3 RWD -- it's going to cost you a good $30k! :eek::eek::eek:
I cannot test the Performance version without flying to Honolulu for that purpose, so it's quite unlikely I ever will!
However, it won't be a case of "ignorance is bliss". The LR version already accelerates faster than 99% of the cars on the roads around here, so I don't see the point in getting to 99.5% ;-)
Plus, I love the range on the LR RWD, which I suspect will turn out to be at least 15% better than that on the Performance version (in spite of Tesla's somewhat disingenuous listing of 310mi for all three versions) -- and that's with the 18" Aero wheels on both. I doubt that many purchasers of the Performance version will want to stay on the Aero wheels. With the more appropriate 20" wheels and a driving style to match, the range difference is likely to be on the order of 30-50%.
Where I live, the LR RWD with Aero wheels allows me to charge exclusively at home from my solar array no matter what my destination is -- true zero carbon driving for life! The Performance on 20" wheels, however, would require a stop at a charger for the longer trips, and the grid on the Big Island of Hawaii is powered mostly by fossil fuel...
 

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@SoFlaModel3 You (and this video) are the devil on my shoulder. I both hate and like you simultaneously. ;)

I may or may not have been playing around on the configurator last night post watch, thinking out loud as my wife gave me the side eye.

Keep up the great video content!
 

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Oh I will be testing it!
I already have approval from wife to upgrade.
And I have gone over how much I would loose if I sold Ruby and how much this thing would cost me and if it was worth the price difference.....
Yet, as you know, I LOVE Ruby Woo and by Profession, I am a cheapskate, @3V Pilot knows what I mean :D, so I doubt I would pull the trigger on that especially loosing lifetime Premium data :oops:.

BUT.....
I ….
MUSK.....
DRIVE....
IT!
 

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@SoFlaModel3 You (and this video) are the devil on my shoulder. I both hate and like you simultaneously. ;)

I may or may not have been playing around on the configurator last night post watch, thinking out loud as my wife gave me the side eye.

Keep up the great video content!
You’re welcome??? :cool: