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    1. 04-01-2016 01:10 AM #76
      The profile view is throwing me off. In some angles it looks awesome and sleek, and in others it looks like a mini-Model X.




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      04-01-2016 01:11 AM #78
      So.. it's a car?
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    5. 04-01-2016 01:14 AM #79
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      So.. it's a car?
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      04-01-2016 01:27 AM #80
      The biggest surprise of all might be the standard Supercharger capabilities! Lots of people were unsure whether or not that would be optional or even available on some models.
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      04-01-2016 01:32 AM #81
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryukein View Post
      The biggest surprise of all might be the standard Supercharger capabilities! Lots of people were unsure whether or not that would be optional or even available on some models.
      And to think we use to be worried whether or not an actual supercharged car would be made available being our biggest conceren
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      04-01-2016 01:33 AM #82
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      04-01-2016 01:34 AM #83
      Much less complicated door handles than on the Model S and Model X:



      Looks like a ton of legroom:



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      04-01-2016 01:38 AM #84
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      04-01-2016 01:39 AM #85
      Definitely not a hatch

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      04-01-2016 01:56 AM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by TheCool View Post
      The profile view is throwing me off. In some angles it looks awesome and sleek, and in others it looks like a mini-Model X.



      this thing will do amazing sales wise though.......
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      04-01-2016 01:57 AM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryukein View Post
      Much less complicated door handles than on the Model S and Model X:


      It should have a keyless go esque system. I really wouldn't want to have to give my car the shocker every time I wanted to enter her.......
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      04-01-2016 02:14 AM #88
      With a glass roof like that won't it get hot in there? No sun protection it seems.

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      04-01-2016 02:24 AM #89
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      this thing will do amazing sales wise though.......
      I would say it already has.

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      04-01-2016 02:32 AM #90
      Blech. I don't know why Tesla decided to give their newest offerings bulbous greenhouses with stubby tails but it's not flattering. Neither is that front end.
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      04-01-2016 02:33 AM #91
      The steering wheel looks a bit..I don't know..flimsy? It's just sort of..there...

      In any case, wow I can't wait to start seeing these on the roads, and I really hope they adopted LED headlights too. Why the Model S wasn't full LED from the beginning (and still isn't) I won't know I guess...

      Man oh man, this thing just brought us into the 21st century finally.
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      04-01-2016 02:39 AM #92
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      In any case, wow I can't wait to start seeing these on the roads, and I really hope they adopted LED headlights too. Why the Model S wasn't full LED from the beginning (and still isn't) I won't know I guess...
      If the Model S doesn't get a facelift sometime this year I will eat someone's hat.
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      04-01-2016 02:40 AM #93
      Posters being given out to people at the event:

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      04-01-2016 02:43 AM #94
      I saw a white one in Pearl City, Hawaii today. Looked nice.

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      04-01-2016 02:44 AM #95
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      I saw a white one in Pearl City, Hawaii today. Looked nice.
      No, you didn't I'm pretty sure you saw a Model S. They do look nice, though.
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      04-01-2016 02:48 AM #96
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      Definitely not a hatch

      Perfectly fine IMO.

      Like the new Civic the trunk looks raised up enough that it creates a wide rear opening. In old cars we stuck stuff into the trunk from above. Today we stick it into trunks from behind just like a proper sorority girl.
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      04-01-2016 02:59 AM #97
      This really is the game changer Elon wanted it to be. No grill up front makes it incredibly definable and recognizable. Also makes us uncomfortable which means its doing its job setting the trend. Short overhangs, long wheelbase AND a long greenhouse make for class leading packaging. Again the proportions make us uncomfortable in a good way. That interior, if they carry it off, seals the deal. Setting the standard for cars that will drive themselves but also creating a simple environment defining the electric driving experience by removing all extraneous elements. This is the new axiom: Driving at its purest with no noise or extra inputs needed. Not for everyone but I can see the joy in it. I expected the car to be good and, although its not perfect for me(No Hatch!) it still exceeded my expectation.
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      04-01-2016 03:06 AM #98
      Can someone photo shop a wagon please

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      04-01-2016 03:07 AM #99
      I like everything but the front. It looks unfinished...
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      04-01-2016 03:26 AM #100
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      Ahead of tonight's Tesla Model 3 launch event in Hawthorn, California, CEO Elon Musk hinted that we wouldn't get to see quite everything in store for the all-new, $35,000 electric sedan. Sadly, nobody was allowed to drive the two running Model 3 prototypes at the event. But I got to take a short ride in the back seat of what turned out to be a dual-motor, big-battery, high performance Model 3 variant. Here's my back-seat driving impressions.

      Every Tesla has a gimmick. The Model S introduced dual-motor all-wheel drive and Insane and later Ludicrous modes. The Model X has those ridiculous doors and the world's largest single-pane windshield.

      The Model 3's hallmark is a huge waterfall glass roof. Over the front two seats is a standard panoramic sunroof; the rear passengers are treated to a huge rear windshield that reaches all the way up to become a huge skylight. A piece of glass this big has got to be expensive—particularly given the Model 3's starting price of $35,000.

      Regardless, all that glass makes for a very airy passenger compartment. It also frees up a ton of headroom, since the only thing between you and the outside world is a sheet of glass. At six-foot-one, I had a good four inches of headroom seated in the back seat and plenty of leg room, though foot space was slightly cramped. If you're afraid that glass could be detrimental to crash safety, Musk assures us the Model 3 will get five-star ratings in every crash test category, though actual crash testing is a long way off.

      The dashboard is completely bizarre. There's no instrument panel in front of the driver, and aside from the standard control stalks on the steering column, not a single button or physical control anywhere on the dashboard. Instead, a single, giant, landscape-oriented touchscreen hovers a few inches proud of the dashboard. Everything is displayed there—including the speedometer, in the top-left corner closest to the driver, which seems like it would take a lot of getting used to.

      How'd it drive? My wheelman wouldn't give any details about our car's drivetrain, other than to reveal that it was a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup. Rumor has it a top-of-the-line Model 3 could get an 80kWh battery, providing enough juice for Ludicrous-mode all-wheel-drive launches and 0-60 in under four seconds.

      I don't know if that's the drivetrain I sampled. But from the back seat, on a short stretch of road closed off for the Tesla event, the Model 3 launched with ferocious grip and absolutely zero drama. It wasn't quite the chest-collapsing wallop of a Model S P90D in Ludicrous mode, but without a stopwatch, I'd say the Model 3 I rode in zipped from a dead stop to 75 mph a bit quicker than a Subaru WRX STI—silently.

      Sadly, there was no place to get a good impression of the Model 3's steady-state handling or lateral grip, but our driver zig-zagged through a handful of quick slalom maneuvers. The Model 3 stayed nearly flat, with plenty of grip. Credit Tesla's low-slung platform, which puts the mass of the batteries (and in this case, the dual motors) as low as possible in the package.

      We can't wait to get behind the steering wheel for ourselves. Musk says that will happen sometime in late 2017—and this time, he swears there will be no delays.
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      We take one of the world’s first rides in the all-new Tesla Model 3 electric compact exec car

      Following the launch of the new Tesla Model 3, we took the briefest of rides with Doug Field, Tesla's Vice President of Engineering, at the wheel. Doug was kind enough to floor the accelerator pedal during our quick jaunt, and the Model 3 leapt to an indicated 60mph in what felt like around four and a half seconds, with the torquey, jet-like acceleration typical of electric cars.

      Doug told us we were riding in one of the dual-motor all-wheel-drive cars, which offers better traction and performance than the basic rear-drive car. An impromptu slalom showed that body lean was well controlled - no surprise with the battery and motor mounted so low - but until we get our own hands on the wheel, we'll have to reserve judgment on the Model 3’s handling.

      Once our internal organs had returned themselves to their native positions, we took in the Model 3's interior, which is so simple as to be nearly stark. The cabin is dominated by a large touchscreen; it's mounted horizontally rather than vertically as in other Teslas, giving the appearance that someone has left a laptop on the dashboard.

      Speed and gear selection are displayed in the upper corner of the screen, with a strip of climate controls at the bottom and the rest of the video real estate split between the map display and stereo controls. Unlike other Tesla models, that's it for instrumentation—in fact, that's it for anything. Aside from a small squared-off steering wheel, the dash is nothing more than an unadorned strip of black and white, with a center console bisecting the front bucket seats. It's the kind of interior we expect to see in a concept car, but Doug told us we were looking at something very close to the production version.

      Unlike the Model X, the Model 3's windscreen doesn't extend into the roofline; instead, they've saved that treatment for the rear window, which extends clear up to the car's B-pillars. A large sunroof over the front seats completes the illusion of a nearly-all-glass roof. The glass roof also improves rear-seat headroom, while the front seats have been pushed forward for more legroom. The six-footers riding behind us said that legroom was acceptable and headroom surprisingly generous.

      Our quick test-drive left us eager for more, and we're looking forward to putting a Model 3 to the test when it arrives later this year.
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