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Stankia 12-05-2012 05:31 PM

Review of the Tesla S
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INaV40Hy66Q

Kinda want.

BruceWonder 12-05-2012 05:56 PM

looks like a cheap Hyundai - over priced and over rated imo

Andy2108 12-05-2012 06:47 PM

My father was going to get one. I convinced him to get an E92 M3. No regrets.

325inthe510 12-05-2012 07:05 PM

Motor trend named the tesla s car of the year, it's pretty awesome looking in person

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy2108 (Post 14954952)
My father was going to get one. I convinced him to get an E92 M3. No regrets.

I would have regrets

Snapasaurus 12-05-2012 07:13 PM

I like the look of it, and it's also pretty damn fast.

Not bad for an electric car.

Andy2108 12-05-2012 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 325inthe510 (Post 14954989)
Motor trend named the tesla s car of the year, it's pretty awesome looking in person



I would have regrets

Why?

325inthe510 12-05-2012 07:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy2108 (Post 14955037)
Why?

IMO it's a meh car (inb4 comments about my 325i)
-interior isn't really that spectacular for a 60k car
-gets beaten by a 40k 5.0 mustang
-BMW reliability (wouldn't want to own one out of warranty)
-f30 m3/4 is around the corner

He could have bought into the future with the tesla.

That's just my $.02

cowmoo32 12-05-2012 07:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy2108 (Post 14955037)
Why?

I concur, and I drive the E92.
  1. No more gas
  2. Equal performance outside of a track
  3. Newer model
  4. M4 is coming very soon
  5. 100% torque at 0 RPM
  6. It's unique
  7. You're personally helping push technology in the right direction

Andy2108 12-05-2012 07:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 325inthe510 (Post 14955049)
IMO it's a meh car (inb4 comments about my 325i)
-interior isn't really that spectacular for a 60k car
-gets beaten by a 40k 5.0 mustang
-BMW reliability (wouldn't want to own one out of warranty)
-f30 m3/4 is around the corner

He could have bought into the future with the tesla.

That's just my $.02

Let me preface this by pointing out that I am opposed to the E90's. E46 FTW.

-He bought it because it's a sports car. DCT and Competition package.
-If you think it gets "beaten" by a Mustang, then you simply are misinformed and grasping at info for the argument.
-It'll be new.
-The M4 will be huge and heavy(er) and turbo charged.

Quote:

Originally Posted by cowmoo32 (Post 14955076)
I concur, and I drive the E92.
  1. No more gas
  2. Equal performance outside of a track
  3. Newer model
  4. M4 is coming very soon
  5. 100% torque at 0 RPM
  6. It's unique
  7. You're personally helping push technology in the right direction

-E92 is a $75k car, Tesla is a $100k car. The Tesla would have been $85k for similar performance. He drives 6k a year. Gas cost isn't a big issue.
-debatable, and he does HPDE's
-doesn't care
-doesn't care
-Tesla wins.
-doesn't care
-He does this in other ways.


He really wanted a more practical and much faster replacement for his 2003 Boxster S. He has to have automatic (knee problems) which makes a E46 M3 out of the question.

325inthe510 12-05-2012 07:59 PM

Yes, objectively a mustang gt is as fast as an e92 m3.

A boss 302 is faster

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...n/viewall.html

kuksul08 12-05-2012 08:05 PM

I have friends that work for Tesla and I picked their brains for everything I could learn about the car at a technical level. They are trying really hard to be competitive and make the best quality car possible, no exceptions. There are a few funny things they had to do as a result of the development process and engineering "fixes" after the fact. Safety is never compromised (specifically the batteries catching fire), but I could definitely see them improving it a lot in the following years.

Still, the batteries need improvement. With the DOE's investment in battery technology over the next 5 years (http://www.extremetech.com/computing...can-it-be-done) I could see this car finally being realistic. Right now, it's still too expensive and limited. They also went overboard with ridiculous things like those retracting door handles, and they could easily make this car more affordable by just using simpler, cheaper accessories and keeping the powertrain the same.

Andy2108 12-05-2012 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kuksul08 (Post 14955130)
I have friends that work for Tesla and I picked their brains for everything I could learn about the car at a technical level. They are trying really hard to be competitive and make the best quality car possible, no exceptions. There are a few funny things they had to do as a result of the development process and engineering "fixes" after the fact. Safety is never compromised (specifically the batteries catching fire), but I could definitely see them improving it a lot in the following years.

Still, the batteries need improvement. With the DOE's investment in battery technology over the next 5 years (http://www.extremetech.com/computing...can-it-be-done) I could see this car finally being realistic. Right now, it's still too expensive and limited. They also went overboard with ridiculous things like those retracting door handles, and they could easily make this car more affordable by just using simpler, cheaper accessories and keeping the powertrain the same.

The RAV4 EV starts at 50k http://www.toyota.com/rav4ev/index.html

Sfiveten 12-05-2012 08:38 PM

The dash was shipped to Tesla in packaging I designed. That is all I know about it.

S

Amoeba 12-05-2012 08:40 PM

I sold my car to a Tesla engineer. He said last week was the first time since inception that a car came off the production line without any quality issues.

a s u r a 0 s 9 12-05-2012 08:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Amoeba (Post 14955220)
I sold my car to a Tesla engineer. He said last week was the first time since inception that a car came off the production line without any quality issues.

you WHAT your car!!??

Amoeba 12-05-2012 08:48 PM

Actually my wife's 3-coupe.

a s u r a 0 s 9 12-05-2012 08:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Amoeba (Post 14955238)
Actually my wife's 3-coupe.

ahhh ic....it's been a long time since i first saw it.....ended up being the last time too :eeps:

Amoeba 12-05-2012 08:57 PM

Haha. That was kwlaznkid's response as well.

BruceWonder 12-05-2012 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 325inthe510 (Post 14955115)
Yes, objectively a mustang gt is as fast as an e92 m3.

A boss 302 is faster

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...n/viewall.html

how many yrs did it take ford to catch up and out preform a 4-5yr old e92M3? But I do agree with not waiting out for the newer m3/4 or the new cayman S!!!

Andy2108 12-05-2012 09:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BruceWonder (Post 14955286)
how many yrs did it take ford to catch up and out preform a 4-5yr old e92M3? But I do agree with not waiting out for the newer m3/4 or the new cayman S!!!

A Porsche is out of the question. They haven't made a quality car for less than $150,000 since 1996.

Having a slightly faster time at one track hardly makes it a better buy.

imo


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