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Model S Test Vehicle in Santa Cruz

Discussion in 'Model S' started by wiztecy, May 19, 2012.

  1. wiztecy

    wiztecy Active Member

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    #1 wiztecy, May 19, 2012
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    Model S Test Vehicle Spotted in Santa Cruz

    So I was doing the weekend night drive with my wife with the Roadster and were returning out of Felton from eating pizza at Redwood pizza (which has some of the best pizza )when I decided to do a drive downtown in Santa Cruz before cruising back home. Coming into town I saw these wild headlights in my rearview that' I've never seen except on the Model - S... In particular the distinctive fog lights so I had to confirm. I pulled aside and looked over and yes it was the Model S. I then followed him around a bit and talked to him in a parking lot. It was the Performance package Model S. WOW that is one sexy car! Its a test vehicle doing its run from Palo Alto.

    What a job ;)

    Looking forward in seeing more of these cars on the road really soon!

    Also not seeing any emblems, markings, and no exhaust pipes was a clear sign. The manufactures plate made sense... Looks like all the test vehicles are numbered on the side windows as well.

    I snapped a pic when I let him pass.



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  2. TEG

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    If they gave you a ride in it, they would probably tell you not to talk about it... :wink:
     
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    #3 wiztecy, May 19, 2012
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    No doubt... I work on cutting edge technology with consumer products as well and gave him the respect of not asking questions other than if it was the Performance model. One thing for sure it looks like the permagrin smile carries over to the Model - S as well too when driving. He had a huge one for sure!
     
  4. Trnsl8r

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    Norbert TSLA will win

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    It doesn't seem to have the performance spoiler. How come you asked (if you did)? ;)
     
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    Might be my screen, but it's hard to tell. Is that the white or silver?
     
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    My guess is silver.
     
  8. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Could it be white, just looks off due to the white balance? Anyway, awesome find. They really are getting close to coming out.
     
  9. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    Nice find! It's great that you were in your roadster - I bet he wouldn't have stopped to talk to anyone else.
     
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    Yes, it was silver and had the 21" gun metal performance wheels. I was asking about the three battery tiers including the 85kWH and that's when he said that was the performance - S he was driving. I agree, if I pulled up in a Lexus I don't think he would have rolled down his window at all :)
     
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    The night shot of the S looks great!!! I'm surprised that the Model S does not have LED tag light but I don't care...that's an easy change.
     
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    It looked even better in person! He was at the red light in the pic making a left with his signal on, that's why the right taillight is brighter than the left. The license plate light is interesting, wonder why they chose 2 over the one light. A single in the center would light the plate. Must be one size fits all for the long euro plates.
     
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    The rear hatch latch is in the center. Lights on either side.
     
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    joefee Over 2 Million TMC page views

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    Great shot! That would be the 2nd Perf S then, 1st was Pearl White with CF trim.

    Any plate in the front?
     

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