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What about a re-styling of the Model S?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Raffy.Roma, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Raffy.Roma

    Raffy.Roma Active Member

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    With reference to this picture of a Model S slightly different from the real Model S I would like to say that I like very much the new bumper with different lights, the smaller side mirrors and the new wheels.
    What do you think about a re-styling of the Model S like this?

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  2. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    This was the origional concept of the Model S. Technically the cars today are the "new" design. This is old. March 2009 old...
     
  3. AMPd

    AMPd Active Member

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    I definitely like the current design a lot more than the concept.
     
  4. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    It was mostly aero that drove the changes from 2009 to production...
     
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    And laws as to required impact area on the front bumper, strike at ankle to toss body over, not under, the car. Yeah, grisly, but yeah. This car is the alpha. Interesting we've seen in crop up several times lately. Also the Alpha had blue daytime running lights, also not allowed by law. But it was awful pretty.

    I think laws came into effect about square inches of mirror required, also.
     
  6. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    I saw the Alpha Model S during the factory tour my wife and I took last Saturday. It looked pretty nice! It was sitting next to the Roadster used in "Iron Man" and two Beta Model S's.
     
  7. Raffy.Roma

    Raffy.Roma Active Member

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    I didn't know it was the Alpha Model S. Very nice!
     
  8. wts13

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    Real/production one looks much, much, better. Tighter, more 'fierce.'

    OP do a little research before jumping to incorrect conclusions :p

    It does continue to surprise me how many articles about the Model S use pictures of the alpha cars. They show up surprisingly high on Google Image search results still.
     
  9. Jackl1956

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    I read an interview with Franz Von Holzhausen where he talked about redesigning the nose. I suppose if I would change anything, it would be the nose. Aerodynamics notwithstanding.
     
  10. wts13

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    Idk I think it looks boss. One of my favorite parts of the car (except when you put a license plate on it...)
     
  11. Odenator

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    Do you have a link? I would love to read more about this.
     
  12. Raffy.Roma

    Raffy.Roma Active Member

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    Maybe that the redesign of the nose is needed because of ACC implementation. Hope that when doing the redesign Franz will consider the Alpha nose. Aerodynamics not withstanding of course.
    And also the Alpha side mirrors. Law not withstanding of course.
     
  13. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    ditto. I felt like it matured. When I took a look at the old photos around the time I confirmed I couldn't see what grabbed me about the car.
     
  14. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    The 9 spoke wheels are a tipoff. FYI.
     
  15. Musterion

    Musterion 18h 03m 37s −24° 23′ 12″

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    Real vs render, and red:

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  16. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Active Member

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    I much preferred the alpha/concept version and was disappointed by the changes made for production. The first version looks more exotic, in my opinion. Those rims are also much nicer than the shipping turbines.
     

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