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Why Tesla put a 2 spoke steering wheel in the M3?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by asian_xl, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. asian_xl

    asian_xl New Member

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    My dad had a 1981 Mazda 323 with 2 spoke steering wheel, then my ex-gf's Mini Cooper had one, then those silly Smart cars also had this design. Not sure why it never looks appealing compare to 3 spoke steering wheels. I am sure the models mentioned above changed to 3 spoke steering wheels in later model.

    The model S and X steering wheels definitely looks sick, which match perfectly with the Tesla logo in the center. I wish Elon Musk's team should reconsider putting the 3 spoke steering wheel in the product model.

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  2. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg Agree!

    For reference pictures.
     
  3. GSP

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    The steering wheel shown in the Model 3 is not the production version. That will be revealed in "part 2" and "look like a spaceship" per Elon's tweets.

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  4. houdini

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    Nissan has always had some pretty cool concept interiors and steering wheels. Spaceship looking to me.

    This:

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  5. ecarfan

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    It seems almost certain that the steering wheel shown in the Model 3 prototypes is not the same as will be in production cars. We will know for sure in about 18 months, if all goes well.
     
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  6. GBleck

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    Does the bottom Nissan design looks like a sex toy? I like the two spoke wheel fine.
     
  7. AZ Desert Driver

    AZ Desert Driver Genesis - The Beginning - MS60D in its nest

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    would not have a basis from which to compare. watcha got in mind?
     
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  8. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    Nissan has some pretty wild steering columns there, but obviously just show car prototypes.

    Looking forward to the Model 3 version, I expect something reasonably functional like the Model S or X steering columns.
     
  9. SwedishAdvocate

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    #9 SwedishAdvocate, Apr 24, 2016
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    I’m all for trying to become a space faring species (even though I wonder if humans actually do have the intellectual capacity necessary to pull that off…)

    Anyways…

    Elon seemingly brainwashed himself thoroughly while growing up into developing a Serious fetish for all things that can escape Earth's gravity (read: Spaceships).

    Is this a good thing?

    When it comes to aesthetics for a car – IMO – it’s starting to look like Elon’s space fetish isn’t helping.

    A car is a car.

    A car is not a spaceship.

    I want a good looking car.

    I do not want something that doesn’t look like a good looking car.

    And IMO, the two-spoke steering wheel in the Model 3 concept is unfortunately not a good looking steering wheel.


    Full disclosure: I have a Model 3 reservation.
     
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  10. arjay

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    I hope this part 2 reveal occurs soon before we lose our minds.
    Me too and I agree about this is a car not a spaceship, but I hope the part 2 reveal occurs soon before we lose our minds.
     
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  11. tga

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    If the 3's steering wheel looks like any of those wierdmobile Nissan designs, there'll be a cottage industry supplying normal steering wheels in a week.
     
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    Is there really a canonical example of what a steering wheel on a space ship looks like?

    This is like trying to describe what pork taste like to someone who has never had it, by saying it tastes like velociraptor.
     
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    +1

    I just want a normal looking steering wheel.. I guess we won't find out what we get until part 2 of the reveal.
     
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    I agree. I hope the steering wheel design changes on the Model 3. The 2-spoke shown on the prototypes is very bland and un-sporty. I would prefer a 3-spoke.
     
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    We are way past that point...
     
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    If they want us backing into charging spots, they need to make the steering wheel round.
     
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  17. EcoHeliGuy

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    Possibly Tesla didn't want to reveal the the steering wheel from the Model X prototype is slated for production. Could place the speed in one of the screens.
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  18. ummgood

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    Not a concern... The car will park into the spot for you automatically.
     
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    Cool concept but I think I would prefer buttons over touch activated.. Arent buttons more reliable than touch screens?
    other than it being an electric car and center console, i want as many parts of the car as close to traditional cars. I want the car to be reliable unless the feature/options offer convenience
     
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    I'll bet EM includes a button in TM3 that (when pressed) transforms your car into a spaceship, flies over to Mars and bring you back home in time for dinner.
     

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