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Model 3 RWD to be produced first. AWD to follow in 6-9 months

Discussion in 'Reserving, Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Mr. Watts, Mar 24, 2017.

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    #1 Mr. Watts, Mar 24, 2017
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    Kind of disappointing news for those who were hoping to order a fully spec'd version of the Model 3
     
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      Yes, This kinda hurt. I'm tempering expectations. The price for being the early adopter will probably be no AWD and no HUD. It will still be awesome though.
       
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        This kind of makes me feel like there will be no HUD. We will be forced to use the 1 display until self driving if fully released
         
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        The RC video looks like the style points I liked are now muted. With no HUD, AWD an extra year away. I guess Tesla is trying to crank back demand a little. I may just configure it with delivery only and hope it gets the full US rebate rather than configure the dream car AWD I was hoping for. A bit of a let down but it can always become an autonomous taxi if experience shows they are profitable and I pay to activate that after the fact. Actually will be more affordable anyway, in the high twenties after rebate. Maybe the next electric will be the dream car.
         
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        At least another year from now for AWD. But reservation holders will still hold positions in line if deciding to wait.
         
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        I first assumed this news meant an extra few weeks before D production, but 6-9 months! That raises an important question in my book:

        Will selecting RWD secure me a much earlier delivery than dual motor?

        Considering I am east cost, and my reservation was a day late, it might be a very good chance to significantly jump ahead on delivery date. I am already on the fence, very much depending on cost. The only reason I would want AWD is for slow speed/stuck snow situations so that more than one slipping tire is driven. I wish they offered a very weak 20hp front motor...

        I'm known to do whatever it takes to be an early adopter for my gadgets, this may be no exception.
         
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        Makes perfect sense to me. They need to get the line started and cars rolling off. Having a bunch of different complex options isn't the way to get that done. The wait probably won't be too bad considering it sounds like around 10k orders between Tesla and SpaceX employees. They'll be reaching the large production gains by the time they get thru that backlog and you'd only have to delay a handfull of months to get a higher spec'd car.
         
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          Model 3 looks like it aint going to be my dream car.
          May have to get a 4X4 for snow days and enjoy driving the cheaper, non advanced RWD model 3 as a daily driver getting advantage of the Tax credit.
           
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            I also just realized, if dual motor is 6+ months behind RWD, then it may miss out on tax rebates.
            That means dual motor could cost you an extra ten grand! Well, that just made my decision easy.
             
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            Extremely disappointed in this. I wanted the AWD and with a day 1 in-line reservation, I was counting on the full tax credit. Now, not so much. Also, I'm not sold on the one screen at all. I don't care if there is a HUD or not, but a completely barren dash except for one screen in the middle just makes no sense to me. way too much info to put on one screen only. I can see his argument about autonomy, but this isn't 2025, people still need/want to manually drive a car.
             
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            No hud - waaaaahhhh. No really - just get one from garmin. google garmin hud.
             
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            New tweet stating that max battery size to fit in Model 3 wheel base is 75 kWh
             
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            I'm going to hold off on judging the car if there is no HUD. Might not even need one. Will hopefully get to test drive or see reviews of people saying that its easy enough to drive and know how fast you're going with the one screen
             
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            Stay tuned... something tells me we ain't seen it all yet... :rainbow:
             
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              While somewhat disappointed in the news that came out today I still plan on configuring a pretty much maxed out car (we'll see how much Ludicrous costs). If that takes an extra 6-9 months then it's just more time I can save up.

              Dan
               
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                Ya something doesn't add up.

                Its going to be less in power, range, performance and advanced tech doesn't seem Tesla like. I dont want Model 3 to outdo Model S on every department but it shouldn't be just an average inexpensive Model S.

                What is the unique feature of Model 3 I still cant tell,

                1.Roadster ( everything about it )
                2.Model S ( above + acceleration),
                3.Model X ( above + falcon doors )
                4.Model 3 (below + simplicity? )
                 
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                  In a funny way, I was relieved to hear that the AWD is not an option until the end of the 3rd quarter or even the 4th quarter. The reason is that the current exchange rate is not favourable to us in Canada, so the price of AWD and a bigger battery is likely going to be out of my budget. So, now I either will settle for the RWD and the base battery or I will have more time to save or the exchange rate will be more favourable at that time. In any case, I'm not going to cancel my reservation, as I still believe it is going to be an awesome car in any configuration!
                   
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                    I had a look at Tesla inventory cars and I determined that if I really wanted a new Model S I could jump in right now but I really want to wait and see what the costs will be on the Model 3 before I make a final decision. Production ramp may not be as fast at most would hope so 6-9 months is not that bad of a wait for those not in California. I supposed AWD is something I could live without but it's only second to the larger battery pack. That's where the money is best spent if you live in a colder climate.
                     
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                      I agree Trevor, if the larger battery isn't part of a combined package, then I will opt for the bigger battery too.
                       
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