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'Tweeters' comments on Model S illustration.

Discussion in 'Model S' started by TEG, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    Silicon Valley
    So, Road & Track published a "Photo Illustration" (artists rendering) of what they think the "Model S" will look like:

    Someone said this was their "best guess", but we don't know how educated a guess it was. Did they see a real photo of a prototype, and then try to draw it from memory? Are they just speculating wildly? In any case the article and photo have spread to the web showing up all over the place like here:

    DVICE: First Peek: Tesla Model S, the all-electric 4-door sedan
    Photo of Tesla Model S Electric Sedan : TreeHugger
    Tesla Model S: The 4 Door Sports Sedan | StyleCrave | The Lifestyle Guide for the Modern Man.
    Tesla Sedan
    First Peek: Tesla Model S, the all-electric 4-door sedan - 24 Cars blue Sky
    TechEBlog Tesla Model S Revealed
    Bom Fim de Semana | GlobPT Tesla Builds a 4-Door Sedan and it Looks Great!
    Gadget Review Tesla Model S Makes Its Debut
    Digg - Tesla Builds a 4-Door
    Living in the Whine Country Archive Tesla releases picture of its 4 Door Sedan
    CarDesignFetish Is This the Tesla Model S?
    Supposed Tesla Model S Leak : tinyComb
    Blog Myhaus México: Ahora Tesla producirá un auto eléctrico de 4 puertas, el sedan deportivo modelo S.
    Tesla's 4-door, all-electric Model S sports sedan gets pictured - Engadget

    I noticed a lot of people "tweeting" about it:

    smsRob : I think Tesla has a hit on their hands if they can get an electric sedan that actually looks like this to production
    Surfarama : The two seater Tesla is no good for families, but I would so drive this
    timtrueman : Man that Tesla Model S (the sedan) looks hot!
    MacMorgan : Tesla S is pissin' looking. Might have to sell a few cars and pick one of these up in '10.
    mattsmollinger : Ok, I knew Tesla was awesome, but since when could an American car company make me drool
    kylehase : I'm drooling all over my keyboard looking at the Tesla Model S sedan.
    nateholbrook : Ogling the forthcoming Tesla Model S. It looks like a sexier Nissan Z, with instant karma to boot!
    ngirard : Digging the Tesla S
    nronche : Mmm...4-door Tesla sedan
    muti : Tesla Builds a 4-Door Sedan and it Looks Great!
    soulracer : Tesla does make pretty sweet looking car, even their dr sedan is cool looking
    WilHarris : Ogling the Tesla Model S. Wow.
    digitalkitty : New Tesla 4 door looks like a monstor stepchild of an NSX and a G37. Sexy? HELL YES!
    chriscasper : Next car = Tesla Roadster S
    sircoolio : Schwing! 4 seat Tesla on the way!
    aigarius : Reading about the sexy Tesla sedan
    The_Weakonomist : the tesla I actually want
    kessler : The Tesla Model-S sedan is HOT!
    stamaschris : Tesla is putting out a 4-door sedan. Looks sick and gets 240 miles per charge
    mitchellkane : Tesla is building a sedan. 240 miles per charge. Expected price of 60k
    jjonasz : New Tesla 4 door, time to start saving up
    riotryan : Tesla has a 4-door. I want one!

    Well, the 'tweetosphere' seems to like the R&T illustration at least!
  2. Chris H.

    Chris H. Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    I hope that the real Model S is not an anticlimax compared to the R&T photoshop version...
  3. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Yeah, I fear that also, especially over a photo that seems to be total speculation.

    Heck, look at the response over the Volt design.
  4. dpeilow

    dpeilow Moderator

    May 23, 2008
    Winchester, UK
    Perhaps Tesla should hire R&T to do their designs. Let's see.

    If that prototype is anywhere near ready, Tesla should surely launch it on home territory at the LA Auto Show to quosh the vapourware accusations and help attract finance.

    Love it :wink:
  5. MarkW

    MarkW Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    #5 MarkW, Oct 30, 2008
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2008
    Model S looks like Nissan 370Z Prototype or Lotus APX Prototype?

    The R&T photo illustration looks more like a four door version of the Nissan 370Z Prototype.

    Nissan 370Z Prototype

    Perhaps closer to reality is Business Week's "Electric Carmaker Tesla Downshifts" article which includes this picture captioned "Chief designer von Holzhausen with a prototype of the Model S" that looks different from the R&T illustration.


    The tail lights and trunk/hatch panel seam in the BW picture combined with's discussion of an aluminium body and Tesla's close relationship with Lotus remind me more of Lotus' APX prototype.


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