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Updates from Palo Alto: Panoramic Roof, Homelink, Nose Cone, More

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by MikeK, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. MikeK

    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    Greetings! Well, my feet are sore, I'm a bit sunburned, and probably a bit dehydrated, but I spent a delightful 7.5 hours at the Palo Alto Get Amped event today, and I came back with some photos I thought would be broadly interesting.

    I'm going to link to this thread from a number of others, but I thought it might be useful to people to collect them in one place. Here we go!

    First: An updated version of the panoramic bar cover. You can see that it has gotten much more svelte and low profile, with the gaps evident for the roller shades. There were a couple of cars at the event that had this revised cross bar, and with the preparation around the headliner for the shades to roll in their tracks:

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    An update for @ddruz on the cup holders. I brought a metal water bottle with me. I believe it would qualify as a "standard 3 inch" bottle, although it actually measures almost exactly 2.75 inches. Here it is in one of the cup holders:

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    The cars on display had Homelink available on the touch screen. It seems like a very nice implementation. There's a small icon at the top of the screen, and tapping it drops a little menu with your programmed HomeLink buttons, plus an option to add more:

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    If you choose the option to add more, you get to this dialog:

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    VINs: Several recent-production cars were in attendance. (I heard somebody say "built last week"):

    Pacific Blue: 5YJSA1DP6CFP01201
    Black: 5YJSA1DP9CFP01208
    Signature Red Performance: D'oh! Sorry, I missed this one.

    I'm among those who have been concerned about panel gap & flush on the early cars. I'm happy to say that the panel fit has clearly improved on all of these more recent cars:

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    This may or may not be news, but I didn't realize that you could put the temperature adjustment right onto one of the thumb wheels on the steering wheel and control it from there:

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    I've probably forgotten something. But, hopefully this is interesting.
     

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  2. MikeK

    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    Please ignore the "attached thumbnail" of the Signature Red. I had originally intended to use that to show improved gap, but the other side of the car didn't look so good, and I'm honestly a bit unsure as to whether that car is among the new production, so I used the black car instead. For some reason, the forum software doesn't want to let me remove that attachment. :(

    For sure, the black and blue cars had updated VINs and nicely improved gaps. We were also told that even newer cars looked even better.
     
  3. mulder1231

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    Other thing they said was a first for this event was a red car with the solid black roof. And that car also had the final nose cone design. I have pictures of it on my iPad, but for some reason the forum software doesn't show the upload button on iPad.
     
  4. LuckyLuke

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    Offtopic: to upload a file from an iPad you have to jailbreak it and get safari upload enabler.
     
  5. 1young1

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    MikeK, thanks for the great info! Nice to know about the panel gaps being resolved and the pano roof bar looking a tad better.
     
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    That was the Sunset Red (2013 red). It was actually at the Fremont event as well, so far as I know. The confusing thing is that that car definitely had a different nose, but even the "built last week" cars did not share that nose. It was the only car there that looked this way:

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    You are the man, MikeK! Thanks for all the new info and photos (here and on the other threads).
     
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    MikeK, thanks for taking the time to share your photos and findings.
     
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    MikeK R#129, TSLA shareholder

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    Oh! I'm sorry, I forgot to mention. I was told that the Pano bar "may" ultimately be wrapped with the same material as the headliner. The person I spoke to wasn't sure.

    Two more shots of the Pano bar as it was today:
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  10. brianman

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    Mike, do you have any pictures of these? The bolded digits are a forum first, to my knowledge.
     
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    Great post mike!
     
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    #12 ddruz, Aug 12, 2012
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    Muchos mahalos MikeK!
     
  13. MikeK

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    Are you looking for the cars, or the VINs themselves? (The answer is "yes" to both...)
     
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    Pictures of the VINs with, ideally, a text or photo description of the vehicle color/perf/etc.
     
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    Mike K, What was your impression of the panel gaps on the white cars? I recall this was a concern of yours before.
     
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    @ddruz: The white cars were the same ones we've seen before, unfortunately. My thinking is that a white car with panel gaps similar to the new blue and black cars would look pretty nice. Getting very close to that Santana Row video, but not quite as tight.

    @brianman: Okay, here are the VINs. I'm sorry, I think at least one of the black cars was performance, but it was sort of "stealth" performance -- no dark wheels or spoiler. And I'm not sure if it was the one with this VIN or the other. I don't think the blue was Performance, but don't hold me to that.

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    Thanks, MikeK, for the VIN pictures and the rest.
     
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    Again, thanks MikeK. Further excellent information. You deserve some kind of TMC medal.
     
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    Or use tapatalk. Anywho, thanks for clearing up homelink, I think that's a good implementation (especially if it's easy to hit when driving into your neighborhood). Panel gaps look great now, and I do believe the temperature thing is new!
     
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    Thanks Mike....great pics and report!
     

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