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Motortrend Tesla Model 3 First Drive Review

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by trils0n, Jul 28, 2017.

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    trils0n 2013 P85

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    Exclusive: Tesla Model 3 First Drive Review - Motor Trend

    Here are some snippets, sounds like Motor Trend really liked how the 3 drove:

     
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    Good they're called Motor Trend and not Engine Trend. :)
     
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    That little review makes me want a Model 3, lol. I really enjoyed how the P85+ drove, but Tesla seem to moving away from that sharp, precise handling on the Model S and X (and it probably make sense to have their big cars be more comfort focused), and it looks like the 3 has some great driving dynamics.

    After driving my wonderful Model S for many years now, a smaller, tighter handling Tesla sounds pretty fun!

    Also in the review: touch screen adjusts vents, scroll wheels adjust steering wheel.
     
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    Wow now this makes me truly excited for the car. It could not have been more glowing.
     
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    Motortrend took great pictures.

    Trunk/Frunk look great.
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    I was hoping to see a vid of the center screen in action while the car was driving. Oh well.
     
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    This is terrific. I love reading about the sportier suspension. This is exactly what I am looking for. A long range EV with sports suspension, and lighter than Model S.

    A very positive, in fact great first drive review! Love it.
     
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    I actually think Tesla is making a mistake by not offering a standard and a sports suspension option. Model S owners with coils and even Model X owners with the air suspension often complain the cars ride too firm and I can see that happening here. While enthusiasts might prefer it, the average consumer doesn't. With the weight so low, there is no reason to not make a standard non-sport suspension. The car will still handle fine with it.

    As a comparison, BMW offers standard, sport, and even adaptive suspensions. Mark my words...you are going to see owners complain it "rides rough".
     
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    Very good write up. Hopefully many people see this to counteract what many seem to think was a disappointing event.
     
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    Clearly info was Available since it was published quickly after the event.

    I firmly believe Elon soft played the intro so that S sales would not be severely impacted.
     
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    Can't argue with that, but I have to think that with time the option packages and available tweaks will increase. Or perhaps not. No car is the car for everyone, the Model 3 will be no different in that regard.
     
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    I agree. However that's just too complex for now, maybe later. If it indeed has suspension like a Giulia Q, that would just be amazing. However yes that's way too firm for most people. Need a standard suspension... but then sports suspension will be 2k extra...
     
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    Nice - hidden vents adjustable by using the screen.
     
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    Oh yeah, those guys were all up in the car earlier in the day. Furiously writing all afternoon I assume.
    Perhaps soft played. My goal was to learn more about the pricing and see some more pics. The event and article filled that need for me. Now the wait and watch continues. :p
     
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    As a tech nerd, I think that's awesome (until it breaks?). As a husband of a non-tech nerd wife I feel I need to prepare for the many training sessions my family will need when we get into one of these cars. At least there is lots of space for post-it note reminders!
     
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    A glowing review

     
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    Uh oh, I like physical vent adjustments. Recently drove the new Porsche Panamera for a pretty long time... really didn't like how the vents are adjusted by touchscreen... physical is simply more accurate and better "feeling"... Maybe Tesla does a better job...
     

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