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    Tesla Model 3

    Tesla Model 3: This Is It







    Confirmed deets:
    • $35k starting price.
    • Seats 5 real adults.
    • Sub 6 second 0-60 in base trim. Higher specs are "much faster".
    • Single motor and dual motor options.
    • 215 mile range in base trim. Higher trims have a lot more.
    • Autonomous features and Supercharger compatibility are standard on all trims.
    • Glass roof extending across the entire cabin standard.


    Thoughts:
    The 15" screen tacked onto the otherwise spartan dash is an interesting move. I wouldn't be at all surprised if a HUD is offered when the car enters production. While clearly a prototype, the director of engineering at Tesla stated the interior is the production intent of the Model 3, so I wouldn't anticipate a drastic departure of what you see there. I would expect to see steering wheel buttons added, minor fit/finish tweaks, etc.

    In the prototype car Jalopnik rode in, the engineer stated it was a dual motor vehicle, and you can see it hauls ass when he plants it.

    The grill-less front end will be polarizing, but is likely a function of the extremely low drag coefficient the car is rumored to have. While I don't like the oncoming view, the car does look good in profile. My guess is this will become an increasingly common design trait across the auto industry in the drive for increasingly more slippery vehicles.

    I can see this eating into BMW's 3-series market share, but probably not touching anything Subaru sells, except maybe some STI buyers who were already anticipating forking over $40k for a reasonably speedy sport sedan and are open to looking at electric cars (I don't imagine that's a huge number of people, but some, I'm sure).

    I put down my $1k deposit yesterday when online deposits went live. I didn't want to wait in the 5 block long line at our local Tesla store...
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    I was quite surprised by the starting price. This should drive some good competition if anything. Overall I think it looks great!
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    It's definitely intriguing but it just looks so awkward without a grille. It needs to have the "grille" from the Model S.

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    As you know I want this car quite badly. Just wasn't in position to reserve one right now . We'll see what happens in a few years though!
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    Ahhh yeah. I was highly anticipating this. I've been a musky since well, back when he was talking about going to Mars and electric cars. I have always believed in everything he's done. I am really mulling the idea around of "Should" I do this. Should i? I have no particular reason too. However, I am highly intrigued by the science, electric, physics, everything. Plus, I have plenty of charging ports and superchargers local.

    I am thinking of putting the deposit down, tonight.. By that point, my car will be paid off. So I should have the extra cash to keep both if I wanted. So, I feel like it might be a good idea. My local teslas were ridiculously busy. No way was I going to do such.. But I am a big TESLA fan as some of you know. So I think this will be drive the competition quite considerably. And being Musk, that is what he wants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderlust View Post
    It's definitely intriguing but it just looks so awkward without a grille. It needs to have the "grille" from the Model S.
    No I doesn't, I guarantee that's an aerodynamic feature. I think even just contrasting paint would break up the front a little bit, but I think this is something people are just going to have to get used to.
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    They seriously need to start making wagons.
    ...And add utilitarian features. I don't think its smart putting a roof rack on that glass roof.

    But seriously, what the hell is up with the center iPads?! Urghhh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    No I doesn't, I guarantee that's an aerodynamic feature. I think even just contrasting paint would break up the front a little bit, but I think this is something people are just going to have to get used to.
    In my opinion it does look awkward. And yeah even a painted on grille would make it look better as the front end design is most definitely for aerodynamics.

    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan View Post
    They seriously need to start making wagons.
    ...And add utilitarian features. I don't think its smart putting a roof rack on that glass roof.

    But seriously, what the hell is up with the center iPads?! Urghhh.
    Agreed. I can't stand the influx of massive touchscreens into cars. They're more distracting and require you to take your eyes off the road unlike physical buttons. I would've even preferred the 2015 radio head unit versus the touchscreen in the 16 WRX.

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    The price is very encouraging and this is a step in the right direction. People pay more money today for an Impreza with a gasoline engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    The price is very encouraging and this is a step in the right direction. People pay more money today for an Impreza with a gasoline engine.
    It is. And I agree. The touchscreen is something all cars will do. It's going to happen no matter what, just due to the fact that's where everything is heading. And I do agree with the front end, it looks different. But I can dig it.. But the dark colors look better IMO.




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    I am a TSLA stock owner. And I am holding out until I reach an investment goal, to get the fastest model S. But I am absolutely loving the almost 200,000 pre-orders already for the 3. This car coupled with the fact tesla is building the infrasrtucture of their supercharger network gives me golden chills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rqjoe View Post
    I am a TSLA stock owner. And I am holding out until I reach an investment goal, to get the fastest model S. But I am absolutely loving the almost 200,000 pre-orders already for the 3. This car coupled with the fact tesla is building the infrasrtucture of their supercharger network gives me golden chills.
    Me too I'm a big alternative energy nut. I still have my patented hydrogen powered car design sitting in my notebook

    It's quite amazing. I'm excited to see what happens. Especially with the 5% rise, but the rally overall this month has been great.


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    IMHO, looks like the b@st@rd child of a Mazda 3 and an old Dodge Neon.

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    Dumb question . . . grills are in most conventional gasoline powered engines to aid in cooling . . . yes? No?

    Do electric powered vehicles get hot and require cooling?

    I honestly don't know the answer . . . most of my experience with electric vehicles was years ago while working as a Greenskeeper in high school/college with electric golf carts.

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