A rare Tesla Model 3 prototype sighting in the wild [Video]

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Looks like Tesla only made 3 prototypes so far and only two of them are drivable.
 

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Are those the Model S style door handles? I thought the Model 3 had a different style.
the matte black has the S style handles. After the reveal, it was presumed it was the earlier prototype and then they changed to the Model ☰ style for the silver and red protos
 

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it hard to tell moving, but also looks like the wheels are the "red prototype' style wheels instead of the more solid ones shown on the matte black earlier.
 

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That's actually the color that I'm planning on getting... Didn't know it was offered by Tesla... Or maybe it's just a prototype color...
 

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despite some saying the matte black is their choice, IMO it would not be in Tesla's best interest to have it as a stock paint. I think the general buying audience would not be aware of the special care a not glossy clear coated paint requires and would be complaining within months (let alone the years of the car's usable lifetime) that the finish is failing and looks like crap. (sorry @Blackout).
it also reminds me from another car club a kid that wanted a matte black paint job so took black primer rattle cans and 'painted' his car. it looked as you would expect. Like a rattle can black primer.
 

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despite some saying the matte black is their choice, IMO it would not be in Tesla's best interest to have it as a stock paint. I think the general buying audience would not be aware of the special care a not glossy clear coated paint requires and would be complaining within months (let alone the years of the car's usable lifetime) that the finish is failing and looks like crap. (sorry @Blackout).
it also reminds me from another car club a kid that wanted a matte black paint job so took black primer rattle cans and 'painted' his car. it looked as you would expect. Like a rattle can black primer.
No worries...

Hey we each are entitled to our opinions and preferences...lol, I've seen some car in matte black with a slight Gloss finish professionally done and they look awesome...
I think even if it was offered stock I would do it After market, I also have other plans for my model 3...

Actually i would prefer it not to be offered by the manufacturer, because then mine would look much more special and Unique ;) I like to have Unique details on my cars that know one has and make it my own...
 

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it hard to tell moving, but also looks like the wheels are the "red prototype' style wheels instead of the more solid ones shown on the matte black earlier.
From the new standing-still picture, we can see that these are the same wheels that were on the silver prototype, but they've been painted all black.

I like those wheels a lot.
 

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From the new standing-still picture, we can see that these are the same wheels that were on the silver prototype, but they've been painted all black.

I like those wheels a lot.
Just remember, you'll be able to buy those!

 

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Well it's not a black vinyl wrap. The finish is a matte clearcoat similar to BMW "Frozen" finishes. The maintenance on these finishes requires more care and attention than a normal glossy clearcoat. You can't wax them and you have to be careful when removing bugs etc...

Watch this video for more information
 
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Well it's not a black vinyl wrap. The finish is a matte clearcoat similar to BMW "Frozen" finishes. The maintenance on these finishes requires more care and attention than a normal glossy clearcoat. You can't wax them and you have to be careful when removing bugs etc...

Watch this video for more information
My point is the look is the same. The end result looks almost identical. Nothing more.
 

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Well it's not a black vinyl wrap. The finish is a matte clearcoat similar to BMW "Frozen" finishes. The maintenance on these finishes requires more care and attention than a normal glossy clearcoat. You can't wax them and you have to be careful when removing bugs etc...

Watch this video for more information
On top of that I was thinking, a Glossy black on the Door handle and the chrome around the edge of the window, adding couple layer of plasti DIP black matt finish same for the Wheels to protect the factory paint, and when I resale my car it would look like brand new, Adding a long term anti-rust right out of the gate, and voila......but this BMW looks great, that what I meant by a slight clear coat finish on the matt black...It looks shiny a bit, not like your typical paint from the can...

At night this color looks awesome, like a bat mobile...I'll black out the interior color of the head lamp and add red LED in the projectors...to give it that Evil Glow effect...

Just you wait, people bashing that Matt black colour, I bet you when I drive by they'll turn around to take a 2nd or 3rd because they'll see something that they are not use to see...It will be not too flashy but yet intriguing...I'm excited every time I think about it lol

This car wasn't Matte black but that redglow was catching lol
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