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Possible Model 3 test mule sighting?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by wallet.dat, May 18, 2015.

  1. wallet.dat

    wallet.dat Member

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    I saw this posted on my FB timeline:

    IMHO I doubt it. It looks like there are some exhaust cut outs at the rear, but that could be just to throw people off (?). What do you all think?
     
  2. J1mbo

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    Could be, although it seems too big? This looks like the kind of car that rarely goes far from the factory unless it is on a trailer. Do any other manufacturers test around here?

    The door handles, shark-fin and exhaust cutouts could easily be part of the camo. But those look like Model S wheels. And the curve of the boot lid looks very similar to Model X. Maybe the Model S facelift?
     
  3. igotzzoom

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    Looks like either the '16 Malibu or the new Sonata hybrid.
     
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    Doubt a Model 3 test mule would have an satellite radio sharkfin antenna. Probably from a larger car co.
     
  5. mrdoubleb

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    Our latest credible datapoint from the "wait but why" blog who made an interview with Elon and visited the HQ is that they were at the clay model phase with Model 3, fine tuning the design. There is no way they made the jump to a road worthy test model yet.

    The car they'll show us in March 2016 should be a very early prototype, I'd be suprised if even that one could actually drive on an open road.
     
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    No Tesla cues visible, unlikely timing (far too early,) and a larger car that is nearly Model S sized? I really doubt it's a Model 3.
     
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    My vote is Malibu:
    2016-Chevrolet-Malibu-rear.jpg
     
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