Some of this may not be news, but I thought I'd add to the forum just the same. few items I picked up from the guy running the store:
-Tesla reads these forums religiously and acts on them. One example, people have expressed disappointment that the original plan for the Performance version came exclusively with the carbon fiber inlays, no other choices. That has been changed - you can now spec your performance version with any of the woods offered.
-Sunshade - Telsa has opted to include a retractable sunshade with the moonroof edition, doing so begrudgingly. They know of no car that has the % of sun and UV blockage as the Model S, but they're adding this because their customers optically believe they need it. (This feels a bit like the case of the tail wagging the dog - something that I hope doesn't happen too often, or we'll see increases in costs).
-Center console - my showroom guy said this was intentionally left open, that it could be configured a bunch of ways, but the goal was not to force people into something they did not want. The implication being that they might offer add-on options, but I wasn't sure. Having spent a good deal of time in the car, I actually welcome the cleanliness of no large center console, often a bit suffocating in some of the german luxury vehicles.
-Performance Edition will come with carbon fiber pieces on the outside of the car - not sure where. I was not aware of this (I hate that look), but showroom guy said they would be in small and in the 'right spots'.
-Regen - ultimately this feature, specifically the feel of how hard the car pulls when you left off the accelerator, is something that will likely be controllable by the operator using software, but not at launch. Tesla really wants to limit too much on software controls in the initial stages because they want a consistent, universal feel for drivers to ensure they get solid feedback.
-Factory Tour - if you were able to get a test drive in the Model S during the tour, you'll probably recall how fast they felt.... apparently, the cars were tuned *down* to go a bit slower than they will at launch (85% or so was what they were tuned at for the tour - as in, we should see even more acceleration pop in the final vehicles). That's amazing.
-Pandora - why is this service not part of launch? Because Pandora turned Tesla down (I've dealt with Pandora and this is common). Essentially, Pandora did not want to be fit into the Tesla platform - that is the universal experience of Tesla Audio (something that consumers will like, but the individual brands might not like) where the play/back/skip buttons all look consistent no matter whether pulling music from Slacker, Pandora or ITunes - instead Pandora wants their native app with all of its features to be displayed on Tesla's screens.
That's it for my visit. Take