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Panel Lines/Gaps on White & Silver Model S's

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by AnOutsider, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    #1 AnOutsider, Apr 14, 2012
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    Figured I'd start a thread to see if I'm just bugging or if the panel gaps on the white and silver cars create lines that are just too noticeable?

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    Even in the studio:
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    I think my first choice would be a white car with the CF accents and silver as a backup, but those lines make it a hard pill to swallow. I'm not usually fan of red or black cars, but the darker colors definitely make the lines less noticeable:

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    Vin 48 near shot.JPG

    I'm not sure why it began to bug me on the Model S, but I went back and searched some white cars and I guess it is fairly noticeable on them as well:
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    Seems audi did manage to hide it a bit on the new all road (granted, it's a render)
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    anywho. The lines enough to stop anyone else considering white or silver?
     
  2. Tommy

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    I have seen the red, black and white colors in person and was not put off by the lines created by the gaps between body panels. I really think this is a case where the camera lens is very unflattering; in other words the light colored cars are not photogenic. Happens with people too; the camera lens tends to make people look heavier than they really are. In this case the lines are accentuated by the contrast between the dark gap and the light body color. Judge the car by how it looks in person.
     
  3. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Once you become sensitized to something, you can't NOT see it. I've had manufacturing inspectors upset over a door alignment issue that I knew would never ever be an issue. They held a hard line that consumers would be upset over the minuscule amount we were talking about - until I had them each go home and measure the alignment on their side-by-side fridges. Yeah. They'd never noticed.
     
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    Personally, this is something i never noticed, i just love the white and silver. This is totally fine with me since i have owned both silver and white cars before and to me the lines look all the same. I don't have any problem with it at all. Ill be getting white, silver, or gray, more likely silver or gray. Ill probably be one of the few who thinks this...

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    How about the BMW GINA concept?
     
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    You are not. Silver or gray are my first and second choices, and unless they are clear manufacturing defects, I have never been bothered by panel seams.
     
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    :biggrin: agreed! :)
     
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    And silver hides the dirt best.
     
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    Absolutely. Makes a HUGE difference in winter, with all the dirty slush.

    I had one black car, my first.

    Never again...

    Obviously if I lived near Tesla HQ, I might have a different opinion.
     
  10. AnOutsider

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    Yep, all my cars have traditionally been silver (except the Q5, but wasn't my choice). I was thinking of stepping outside the lines on the Model S, but the dang lines in the pics kept irking me. We did see white and silver @ the beta event, but I didn't really notice the lines (or much of anything) at the time since we were herded around sort of quickly.

    Like I said, it doesn't seem to be 100% unique to the model S, but it's one of those "don't think about pink elephants" things. I'm gonna dig up some video and see how it looks there.

    How come? The fairer weather?
     
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    Jeeps17 Cath Jockey in a P85

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    Yes. Living in an area without a significant winter is not something I have known, but I am always struck whenever I travel to the southern US (Florida, California) by how clean (and rust-free) the cars look there, even older model years.

    The use of salt abrasives in winter up here is not kind to cars, or roads for that matter... and dark cars just show accumulated residue much more quickly.
     
  12. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    True, but don't forget just rain and pollen can leave a black car looking dusty and sometimes green :(
     
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    But - quite counterintuitively - white is close behind.
     
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    Reminds me of the DVD chroma upsampling bug issue. How many people owned defective (IMO) DVD players and never noticed?

    'Can't unsee' is quite important to avoid.
     
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    It is like this FedEx arrow. I hate the person who pointed it out to me. I see it every time now.

    Now you can curse me!

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  16. AnOutsider

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    I hope a velociraptor runs off with your head :(
     
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    Now you've done it ... that hidden logo was supposed to be a secret.
     
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    And if you look closely there is a hidden capital "E" in the Fed-x logo. ;)
     
  19. Todd Burch

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    The gaps don't bother me at all.
     
  20. dsm363

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    Yeah!:). Can't be unseen now. Is pretty cool to hide the arrow there though. Funny how many years you can look at something like that and not even notice it.
     

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