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Official Tesla Model S thread

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:25 pm
by AndyH
Could we really not have a Model S thread?

Model S Alpha test drive video:
http://vimeo.com/18614767

Body in White at 2011 Detroit Auto Show:


Great systems overview of a partially-built Model S. This series of three videos give a beautiful guided tour of the car.
http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/tesla-vehicle-engineering

Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:30 pm
by evnow
Here is the drive video.

http://green.autoblog.com/2011/01/18/vi ... -gorgeous/

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vs demo car ...

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Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:36 pm
by AndyH
evnow wrote:Here is the drive video.

http://green.autoblog.com/2011/01/18/vi ... -gorgeous/

This is the same as the first link in my post, without the autoblog wrappings. ;)

It really is a beautiful car.

Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:38 pm
by evnow
AndyH wrote:This is the same as the first link in my post, without the autoblog wrappings. ;)

It really is a beautiful car.

Oh yes - I din't notice the vimeo link.

I like the demo car styling better (atleast the faux grill part).

Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:45 pm
by AndyH
evnow wrote:Oh yes - I din't notice the vimeo link.

I like the demo car styling better (atleast the faux grill part).

I do too. It'll be interesting to watch this Alpha program evolve.

No luck posting the Vimeo links. :( The bottom link in post one takes us to these three video clips - amazing engineering!

http://vimeo.com/18442704
http://vimeo.com/18443539
http://vimeo.com/18443073

Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:58 pm
by drees
I know someone who canceled his LEAF order and placed a deposit on a Tesla Model S instead.

I have to admit - if I had twice as much money for a car - I would be seriously tempted, too!

Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:50 pm
by planet4ever
I must admit I hadn't paid any attention to the Model S, since it will be well outside my price range. So it was a huge surprise to learn that this is a rear "engine", and presumably rear wheel drive, car. It takes me back to the first three vehicles I ever owned, all of which came from a certain German company. Of course there is an order of magnitude of difference in price, even allowing for 40 years of inflation. (I had 2 "bugs" and a "bus".)

Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:46 pm
by Electric4Me
I've followed Tesla since its inception and fully intended to buy a Model S... But the Leaf has stolen my heart, at least for now! That and the S is too big to fit into my garage well. I'm just not crazy about big cars. The Leaf price sure helps a lot too!

Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:38 am
by ttweed
I drove a Tesla roadster last Saturday and was very impressed. If the S was available right now, I would consider it, but it's looking like the end of next year before I could buy one, and the pricing is still unsettled and bound to go up by the launch IMHO. SWSBO does not want to wait another year for an EV, and paying half as much for the Leaf appeals to me, despite the exciting features, appearance and performance attributes of the Tesla S. If it turns out to be everything the promo hype claims, it will be quite a car.

Maybe it'll be our next EV purchase down the line...
TT

Re: Tesla Model S

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:58 am
by evnow
ttweed wrote:Maybe it'll be our next EV purchase down the line...
TT

Yep - once my Leaf lease is up, I'll be looking at Model S, Infinity EV or Megacity. But only if a decent lease is available. Otherwise it will be back to Leaf or some other "inexspensive" EV.