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Signature vs. GP nose cone

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by KBF, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. KBF

    KBF Model S 2017

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    Someone was mentioning that R's and P's were getting a smoother nose cone than the Signatures (I believe it was originally on one of the delivery threads, but it was also mentioned on the "no 240v" thread. I'm on my phone, links are more time-consuming!)

    I understand some P's and R's have been delivered. Can we have some comparison pics? For technical people, do the different designs make any difference apart from aesthetics?
     
  2. Zextraterrestrial

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    What looks pretty sick is no nose cone, but it needs some touches to make it look purposeful. maybe add chrome across the steel bumper in the middle and some touch ups around the edges.
     
  3. Jgdixon

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    This is a Sig so apparently on later ones. I can't see any difference though. Is it me?
    Perhaps 2 close ups for better comparison.?
     
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    The horizontal, side-to-side parting/joining line below the Tesla logo is gone -- it's all smooth now.
     
  6. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Yes, mine is definitely different than that one, although I was told by the DS that I had a "newer" nosecone design, one of the first he'd seen.
     
  7. Discoducky

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    Anyone done a side by side comparison? Is there any difference in the finish or design that is only noticeable in a close comparison?
     
  8. gg_got_a_tesla

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    There definitely was a "fat lip" on the older nosecone that has since been smoothed out. Here's one from the Motor Trend COTY gallery:

    2013-Tesla-Model-S-front-three-quarter-2.jpg

    And, efusco's pic of his newer nosecone in full-res:

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  9. doug

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    So does the nose cone contain a bumper of some sort?
     
  10. steve841

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    I believe all cars are mandated to have a bumper. But nothing different than what other makers have....
     
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    Wonder why they did it? Not sure if I like it.
    The 'lip' looks like it was a continuation of the line running from the fender to the nose.
     
  12. Robert.Boston

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    The nosecone never had a real bumper in it. The boron steel bumper sits right behind the mid portion of the nosecone -- that hasn't changed with the redesign.
     
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    A Sig owner might be able to understand the reasons better (they can look under the hood to see) but it looks like they went from two pieces to one piece for the nosecone. One less piece has got to be better than two just for the simplicity.
     
  14. stevezzzz

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    It's a little dark in the garage, but it looks like my early sig has a two-piece nose cone with the join line along that upper horizontal lip.
     
  15. FlasherZ

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    Perhaps that's the difference -- mine looks like a one-piece but still has the lip. I'll take a closer look later.
     
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    Just for interest's sake, the original nose cone is more than two pieces. The area to the lower right of the Tesla T pops out (with a plastic prybar or some other non damaging item) to reveal the pos and neg terminals of the battery connections, for jumpstarting, I suppose. I don't see how you can access that with the new nosecone, unless the battery connectors are back under the frunk now.

    The original nosecone has a definite bumper shape across the middle of the front, which sticks out maybe an inch in front of the rest of the nose. Possibly a light bump that might damage just the bumper plastic would not hit the rest of the front end. It definitely makes for easy quick ID of a Signature.
     
  17. jhs_7645

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    Jumpstarting? Is that even relevant with this car ??? If the 12v dies, do all the systems run off the 12v? How does the 12v get its charge from larger battery pack when running, is there an alternator of some kind? I've always wanted to know this. (mods, feel free to move this to another thread if it goes too far off topic)
     
  18. DaveVa

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    Tesla has played with a number of different designs - I just noticed that the Tesla home page has a different nose cone than either the Signature or GP nose cone.

    Nosecone.jpg
     
  19. efusco

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    Has anyone figured out how to remove the new nosecone? My DS couldn't figure it out (mine was the first new style he'd seen). I guess the jumper contacts are behind it somewhere.
     

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