- Nov 26, 2012
I've been crawling all over my Plaid and am amazed at just how much has changed with the car still looking very similar.How does Tesla define "fully redesigned"? It seems the car, physically from the outside, is identical to the one that preceded it. In every single possible way. I'd be very wary of Tesla's loosey-goosey use of the term "redesigned". It seems marketing and bull***t have coalesced.
The body shape is similar but the panels are all different. Wheel arches have been pulled out and down. Tires are now better framed in low needing only minor lowering to be perfectly framed. The suspension is phenomenal. They have dramatically changed how they impart forward loads into the chassis and appear to have addressed some of the design issues that drove salt induced corrosion failures on the previous cars. Neutral throttle lateral grip is way up while "feel" is down from both the front and rear of the car. It seems like there is less rubber isolation in the tire to chassis path as I hear more tire noise than before but overall the car is much quieter. Driver position has changed dramatically. Instead of sitting in my old P90DL I feel like I am sitting on the Plaid.
I agree fully that the car appears the same but every one of my senses tells me it is a completely different car. If I could not see the car and could only go on my other senses I would recognize the BeV power delivery but would think it a completely different car.