Want The Shortest Wait Time For a Brand New Tesla? Order a Tesla Model S P85D

There’s nothing more frustrating than making the decision to buy a brand new car and then finding yourself waiting weeks — or even months — for your new ride to make it to your driveway.

How long you have to wait depends on many factors, including the obvious matter of supply versus demand. As a consequence, it’s not unusual to see high-end or custom versions of popular cars to come with at least a month’s worth of waiting.

If you want a Tesla Model S and you can't wait till May, order a P85D.

If you want a Tesla Model S and you can’t wait till May, order a P85D.

But if you’re a customer of Californian automaker Tesla Motors, you’ll be pleased to know that its high-end Tesla Model S P85D — the very same car which wowed audiences last fall when it was announced — has the shortest wait time of any Tesla car currently on sale.

As The Wall Street Journal reports (Via GreenCarReportsTesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] has recently increased production of its range-topping dual-motor luxury sedan, presumably to both keep up with demand as the P85D rolls out around the world but also to help increase its profit margins.

This means anyone ordering a brand-new Tesla Model S P85D through Tesla’s website will be able to take ownership of their new ride an average of 20 days after placing their order. Customers who opt for the lower-power S85 or S60 versions of the high-end plug-in will find themselves waiting until May for their cars.

It’s part of a concerted effort from Tesla to ensure new and returning customers get their P85D as soon as possible. Capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, the high-end Tesla Model S P85D is the fastest production sedan on sale anywhere in the world. Since its launch last year, Teslaractioning videos — videos of unsuspecting passengers experiencing the car’s almost 1g of acceleration for the first time — have almost become an unofficial advert for the Californian firm, and those with the money to blow on the $105,000 sedan have been flocking to Tesla to place their order.

Tesla says its prioritising its P85D orders over ones for its S85 and S60 cars.

Tesla says its prioritising its P85D orders over ones for its S85 and S60 cars.

The higher sticker price commanded by the range-topping P85D equates to a larger profit for Tesla over a lower-specced Model S. And that equates to much-needed cash to slow down the effect of Tesla’s massive spending on its Gigafactory, home battery pack and Model X projects.

As well as prioritise its Tesla Model S P85D orders over lower-spec, lower-performance Model S orders, Tesla is also rumored to be changing the way it builds its cars. Since its launch back in 2012, the Tesla Model S has been traditionally built-to-order, with customers placing a deposit for their new car before it is made at Tesla’s high-tech production facility in Fremont, California.

Now, The Wall Street Journal says, Tesla appears to be building up an inventory of unsold cars alongside ramping up P85D production.

As well as enabling Tesla to perhaps change its sales model to more closely mimic the rest of the automotive industry, it would speed up the ordering process for customers overseas, where perhaps a local stock of the most popular trim levels could be kept locally rather than forcing customers to wait weeks or even months for their car to first be built, then shipped from the U.S.

Without the release of monthly sales figures however — something the rest of the auto industry does with clock-like regularity but Tesla refuses to adopt — accessing just how many cars Tesla now has in inventory that have yet to be sold is pretty tough.

Some companies have tried: at the end of 2014, Credit Suisse estimated Tesla had 1,000 unsold cars in inventory, while CVC research estimated the number to be nearer to 3,000 cars.

Regardless of how many cars Tesla currently does have in stock, one thing is clear: if you want a Tesla quickly, then you’ll have to pay for the quickest Tesla.

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  • BEP

    20 days is quite impressive.

  • D. Harrower

    While useful information, this isn’t really anything new. The performance variants of Model S have always received higher priority early in their release. Back in spring of 2014, I was given a 3-month timeframe for my P85+ compared to 5 or 6 months for the other models.