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Tall People Downsloping Roofline

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Kandiru, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. Kandiru

    Kandiru Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    #1 Kandiru, Nov 4, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2014
    6'4", swung by garage to see some colors and ended up test driving a Model S85 with radar yesterday at Easton, OH. Loved every bit, I suspect radar participates in regen braking as I only had to touch brake at very end. Almost hit a car accelerating, this car is like a go-cart on hovercraft suspension. I only heard the motor while going up on a ramp. Insane acceleration.

    11yo future 6'8" daughter enjoying her first unhook of many to come, I hope she will never even get to know how an ICE feels like to drive:

    I hit my head twice into roof liner before I understood how sensitive the brakes are at parking lot speeds. Roof liner takes an abrupt downward slope above windshield and makes the view similar to what I would see out of my B8 Audi S4 with sunvisor down. Yes, I did have the seat all the way down with lumbar support deflated.

    Car was without pano, and there was plenty of headroom with my head on headrest, but could not bend forward. Telescoping the steering wheel out and moving back helped a lot.

    Any tall owners bothered a lot by this?

    Otherwise I am 100% sold on the car, can't wait to take wife and all 3 kids for the second test drive in December.
  2. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Skaneateles, NY
    pano option gives you like an extra 2" of head clearance. plus with the pano roof, there are clips for a roof rack (solid roof cannot use roof rack). conclusion: make sure you select pano roof option :)
  3. EarlyAdopter

    EarlyAdopter Active Member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Redmond, WA
    I have the pano roof, am 6'6", and never hit my head on the headliner. I've done some track driving as well, with high G turning and braking.

    So, yeah, definitely get the pano roof!

    As for visibility out the front window, I removed my sunvisor. That got me an inch of extra visibility. Makes it easier to see traffic lights when stopped at the front of an intersection.

    Oh, and I came to Tesla from a B8 S4 as well. You're going to love the Model S!
  4. jaguar36

    jaguar36 Member

    Apr 10, 2014
    6'5" With the Pano roof, never had any head room issues. Could go for some more leg room though.
  5. LetsGoFast

    LetsGoFast Active Member

    Oct 13, 2014
    6'4" and I had similar issues with the solid roof, but none on a test drive with Pano.
  6. 3mp_kwh

    3mp_kwh Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    I'm finding that the 'Creep' setting requires more firm brake application, at these speeds, and can result in the "grippy" stops. That said, I find the Volt's brakes easier to modulate. Brake pad composites are known to have a different initial "bite". The Tesla's have to do more, but it is at these speeds where I think we realize better performance.

    6' with no issues, even on either side of the back seat, no pano.
  7. spentan

    spentan Active Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    6'9", had 2 P85s,

    Both had pano roof, neither had issues. However, I don't know if it's just me, but my older p85 (p01966) definitely felt like it had a lower seat, meaning that there was a bit more headroom.
  8. zylstra

    zylstra Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Teslas have always felt very closed in due to the low, forward roof and heavy roof pillars. The design makes it difficult to see traffic lights. Also, the Roadster seat and the new S seat push one's shoulders forward into a concave position. Both Porsches (911's) and Toyotas (4Runners, Echos, etc.), to name a couple, have very open cockpits with open seats. I mentioned this to Franz at the design center in Hawthorne before the design of the S was completed but apparently I didn't spend enough time to influence the design significantly.

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