Tesla's Ace In The Hole (and one answered question)

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OK, so I am new to the Tesla marque seeing as though it has never been something anywhere near my price range. With the advent of the Model 3 however, it's time to do some research, which I have been doing over the last three weeks or so (including joining this forum). So today I mosey on down to the local Tesla showroom and they happen to have an available test drive slot open in a Model S so I jump at it.

Now, understand I have never stood within 10 feet of a $120,000 car much less driven one before. To say I was a little nervous is a huge understatement. The handling, the autopilot, the other technology...just fabulous. One cool thing the showroom Model S's have is the ability to select the performance of all the various models. (Don't know if owner's cars can do that or not.) She selected the performance characteristics of a 70 and said that would mimic the minimum performance of the Model 3 the closest (0-60 in 5.4 sec. I believe). When we got to the point in the test drive where she said "put your foot to the floor" it literally took my breath away. I was amazed. I will definitely NOT be needing anything faster, that's for sure. I can't even begin to imagine what a Ludicrous launch must feel like...certainly beyond my sphincter control!

Overall, the ability to introduce potential customers to Tesla quality and performance by using the Model S has to be a secret weapon nobody else has. Certainly sealed the deal for me. The thought of being able to have a car with that kind of performance and technology at almost a third of the price?

Yeah...here, take my money.

Dan

p.s. I had to stop by the local WalMart for some new underwear! OK, not really but my blood pressure hasn't returned to normal yet. ;)
 

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A test drive in a Model S is all it takes to change people's minds about EVs. Tesla has been very carefully crafting a business model that highlights the advantages.

The best part however is that they've recognized that in order to survive they must also tackle every issues from start to finish and that includes the charging network. It just really goes to show that when you throw out every preconceived notion about cars that you can in fact create a much better car in every respect. And they've done it.

Now the others are playing catchup in a market that can't support their historical business model. It's going to be very interesting how things shake out.
 

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Longtime Telsa owner Dr. Tara's has/had (not sure of whether he still owns the car) Roadster that he customized with a bunch of sounds. (He was also on a segment of Revenge of the Electric Car). (Also love his tag Faster than a Ferrari, greener than a Prius)

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Unfortunately I didn't capture a video from this rally in 2013... He had all sorts of engine noises through a separate sound system for it... Funny as heck!
 

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There will be another Roadster, but first they have to make all the Model 3s for the people on this forum.....screw everyone else!!! LOL
 

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Sorry, back to the real topic.
OK, so I am new to the Tesla marque seeing as though it has never been something anywhere near my price range. With the advent of the Model 3 however, it's time to do some research, which I have been doing over the last three weeks or so (including joining this forum). So today I mosey on down to the local Tesla showroom and they happen to have an available test drive slot open in a Model S so I jump at it.

Now, understand I have never stood within 10 feet of a $120,000 car much less driven one before. To say I was a little nervous is a huge understatement. The handling, the autopilot, the other technology...just fabulous. One cool thing the showroom Model S's have is the ability to select the performance of all the various models. (Don't know if owner's cars can do that or not.) She selected the performance characteristics of a 70 and said that would mimic the minimum performance of the Model 3 the closest (0-60 in 5.4 sec. I believe). When we got to the point in the test drive where she said "put your foot to the floor" it literally took my breath away. I was amazed. I will definitely NOT be needing anything faster, that's for sure. I can't even begin to imagine what a Ludicrous launch must feel like...certainly beyond my sphincter control!

Overall, the ability to introduce potential customers to Tesla quality and performance by using the Model S has to be a secret weapon nobody else has. Certainly sealed the deal for me. The thought of being able to have a car with that kind of performance and technology at almost a third of the price?

Yeah...here, take my money.

Dan

p.s. I had to stop by the local WalMart for some new underwear! OK, not really but my blood pressure hasn't returned to normal yet. ;)

If the S-70 is close to what the Base-3 will be, we will be more than happy.

I don't know about anyone else, but I've never felt this way about a car...
.I'm driving my coworkers crazy.
I feel like a kid waiting for Santa to deliver the goodies. . . And I wish Teslamaniac would fit on a license plate.
 

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Sorry, back to the real topic.



If the S-70 is close to what the Base-3 will be, we will be more than happy.

I don't know about anyone else, but I've never felt this way about a car...
.I'm driving my coworkers crazy.
I feel like a kid waiting for Santa to deliver the goodies. . . And I wish Teslamaniac would fit on a license plate.
The performance of a 70 in a package as small as a Model 3 must feel more intense... I find driving in smaller EVs feel "sportier" than in big vehicles...
 

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OK, so I am new to the Tesla marque seeing as though it has never been something anywhere near my price range. With the advent of the Model 3 however, it's time to do some research, which I have been doing over the last three weeks or so (including joining this forum). So today I mosey on down to the local Tesla showroom and they happen to have an available test drive slot open in a Model S so I jump at it.

Now, understand I have never stood within 10 feet of a $120,000 car much less driven one before. To say I was a little nervous is a huge understatement. The handling, the autopilot, the other technology...just fabulous. One cool thing the showroom Model S's have is the ability to select the performance of all the various models. (Don't know if owner's cars can do that or not.) She selected the performance characteristics of a 70 and said that would mimic the minimum performance of the Model 3 the closest (0-60 in 5.4 sec. I believe). When we got to the point in the test drive where she said "put your foot to the floor" it literally took my breath away. I was amazed. I will definitely NOT be needing anything faster, that's for sure. I can't even begin to imagine what a Ludicrous launch must feel like...certainly beyond my sphincter control!

Overall, the ability to introduce potential customers to Tesla quality and performance by using the Model S has to be a secret weapon nobody else has. Certainly sealed the deal for me. The thought of being able to have a car with that kind of performance and technology at almost a third of the price?

Yeah...here, take my money.

Dan

p.s. I had to stop by the local WalMart for some new underwear! OK, not really but my blood pressure hasn't returned to normal yet. ;)
Dan,

LOVED your write-up! I have yet to get to a showroom (my nearest is 110 miles away) but when I do I KNOW I'm screwed as I already have been bitten by the Tesla bug as it is. I feel the same way.

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Trev said it best and it is what pushed me to Tesla . . . Tesla gets it, it is more than an electric car. It is keeping the freedom that a car provides. No charging network and no freedom. It is simply amazing to me that the establishment doesn't get it. ICE manufacturers are doing the same thing Kodak and Poloroid did and we will start seeing the fallout in a few years after Model 3 production starts.
It has been said there are those that watch things happen, those that make things happen, and those that wonder what just happened! Pretty certain this audience knows where Tesla is and where the others are or will be!
 

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Sorry, back to the real topic.



If the S-70 is close to what the Base-3 will be, we will be more than happy.

I don't know about anyone else, but I've never felt this way about a car...
.I'm driving my coworkers crazy.
I feel like a kid waiting for Santa to deliver the goodies. . . And I wish Teslamaniac would fit on a license plate.

Driving my wife crazy too! ;) We stopped in a Tesla Store the other day and she liked the X but the price. She wants to see a Tesla Pickup, but I get mine first!