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Discussion in 'Roadster 2020' started by TEG, Nov 17, 2017.
Sorry about the comparison, but I did see a little similarity:
One of these cars appears to be moving fast. The other one is standing still.
Interesting, and in some ways, absolutely. Though keep in mind both teams have been working on those designs for years and, importantly, they're both heavily influenced by their predecessors (the First Gen Roadster and the Karma).
Perhaps a matter of personal taste, but the Roadster has incredibly more refined and cohesive styling whereas the eMotion (awful name, btw) front feels all over the place and the wheels out of place (design, not position).
Fisker ripped off Tesla's original White Star hybrid design in 2008, so if there's any similarity it's probably just Karma.
I think of Henrik and Franz as rivals (basically Franz replaced Henrik at Tesla) and they have somewhat similar design styles. But, I am glad Tesla has Franz now.
I thought the exact same thing when I saw the roadster. The rear wheels that are placed as far back as possible, the upper and lower car lines that run along the sides and the pronounced front wheel wells are all similar.
Franz design aesthetic is far superior to Henrik’s in terms of proportion, balance, subtlety, and attention to detail.
Same as Model S vs. Audi A5 sportback profile similarities:
And note how Franz Model S design is simpler, cleaner, and more elegant than the A5.
Comparison to NSX:
Both graduated from the prestigeous ArtCenter College of design.
Roadster's tail lights are understated and classy. NSX's arduous and a little ugly. MS's tail light design is among the best I've seen too. Franz knows how to do them right.
I do feel a little sorrow for Honda though. Honda used to be my favorite company. It has put a lot of efforts in the new NSX and now this Roadster comes out to totally wipe it out.
Would these similarities boil down to the need for extreme aerodynamic efficiency converging the designs?