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What happened to the headlights?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by svillarrealmd, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. svillarrealmd

    svillarrealmd Member

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    Whatever happened to these headlights??? I remember when I first saw this picture, I fell in love. With the car and with the smooth way the headlights seem to flow with it. No it seems Tesla has placed the same regular ol' headlights other car companies have placed on their cars. Nothing special about them. So what happened? :scared:


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  2. charliestyr

    charliestyr EVangelist

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    It's funny, I've been seeing the Model S concept in photos around a lot lately, not sure why. But every time I see it I think, wow, the production version looks SO much better! It's obviously subjective, but I think the production car looks better in almost all ways, to me those headlights are a bit too cluttered, the production ones are extremely simple. The wing mirrors on the concept to me are inherently unattractive, but the production mirrors look really phenomenal.

    The only thing I wish carried over from the concept is the tail light clusters. They are pretty simple, plain red for the most part on the concept (which is odd considering the cluttered headlights) and in the production car the tail lights are much more.. 'styled', I guess is the word. If the production had the concept tail lights it would be perfectly styled to me. This is not to say the tail lights would stop me buying the car if I was in the position to ;-)

    In summary, much prefer the production car to the concept.
     
  3. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    Not sure what the major change is here other than the blue LEDs. Production lights seem a little more "linear" in design, but otherwise look pretty similar.

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  4. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Agreed on all points, and we all knew the blue lights wouldn't be road legal.
     
  5. mnx

    mnx 2013 P85

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    Thanks for putting them side by side. I like the aggressive lines much better on the production headlights!
     
  6. contaygious

    contaygious Active Member

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    Forget the headlights, gimmie those fogs!
     
  7. svillarrealmd

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    I guess it all comes down to a matter of taste. I felt the blue LEDs gave the car an amazingly smooth look.
     
  8. v12 to 12v

    v12 to 12v Active Member

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    I like the sharper edges. It makes the car look a bit more intimidating and eyecatching.
    I wondered why they even tinkered with the blue since it isn't legal.
     
  9. dtich

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    *so* glad the blue accent lights are gone.. personally. i don't like the cold, "pseudo-tricked out" vibe it gives.. low rent in my book. also blue is such an obnoxious color at night, really cuts into low-light vision... i'm also glad the dash and instrument cluster is much less 'blue' now too... both good moves afaic.
     
  10. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    I guess the same reason car show prototypes do crazy stuff that would never make it into production. To Tesla's credit though, the car made it to market very close in form to the prototype
     
  11. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    How so? The blue stripes are accents only, not functional. The Buick Enclave has blue accent lights too...

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    I'd say thank goodness the headlamps didn't survive, as the Hyundai Genesis stole the concept...

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  12. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    I think that is just exterior blue lights, or blue reflective coating. Blue lights are illegal in many states. Florida for one:

    F.S. 316.2397

    It is in the second paragraph. Only police can have blue lights of any kind.
     
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    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    ElSupreme,

    I'm not sure I see the difference...

    What is the difference between a blue stripe and a blue ring. The Enclave is sold in 50 states of the Union, and is road legal. I totally understand the continuous blue light rules, as we have the same rule for continuous forward facing blue and red lights, flasher/strobe headlamps in CA. I don't think it applies to colored accent lighting. It obviously can't in the case of the Enclave. The actual headlamps on the concept TMS weren't solid blue, they projected a white light, so I'm doubtful it would break any road laws, AFAIK.

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  14. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    All I know is that in Florida they are hyper vigilant on blue lights. Or at least were in the late 90's in Tampa. I know someone who had their car impounded because he had blue accent lights on his wiper nozzles on his hood, actually projected back towards the windshield. They ripped out his washer nozzles when they removed the lights before he got it back. I know of two other people who had their cars impounded and the lights taken off around this same time.

    They might software disable the light elements on Florida spec Buick Enclaves. I don't know but ALL blue lights are illegal in Florida, and many other states have similar laws.
     
  15. AnOutsider

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    The enclave actually PROJECTS blue? I had one as a rental, but did not notice this. The lights are illegal in NJ last I checked as well (no longer live there)
     
  16. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Not really:

    Why is there a blue ring inside the headlights of the Buick Enclave? - Ask.cars.com

    Ps: Since when have I become TEG?!
     
  17. AnOutsider

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    heh, perhaps he's away and you're channeling him. That image above made it look like the blue actually illuminated.
     
  18. EarlyAdopter

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    Never mind the headlights, what really stands out to me on the prototype is the lack of extra air intakes below the headlights. Makes the front end look soooo much smoother and sleeker. I guess they couldn't get enough cooling surface for the battery liquid cooling and A/C with just the middle intake. Too bad.
     

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