Look alike cars

Look alike cars

I have Tesla fever. It affects my vision and I need help. A week ago I thought I saw an S, yesterday thought I saw a different one. Not really sure though. What cars on the market resemble the model s, particularly the front ends (as they drive towards you)?

I want to know for sure before I do a mid highway U turn to beg for a ride...

jeanyvest | December 5, 2012

Jaguar XF is a close contender. Break lights show similar design too.

The big give away will be the front grill, or lack of.

sagebrushnw | December 5, 2012

@ jeanyvest

B-R-A-K-E lights...not break lights!

stephen.kamichik | December 5, 2012

Look for exhaust pipes.

mrspaghetti | December 5, 2012

There is an Infinity and an Audi out there that look very similar from the front as well.

Door handles are another sure way to tell a genuine Model S. There's no other car with handles like that.

Epley | December 5, 2012

The Maseratit Quattroporte has some similar lines. I don't know of any cars that have the headlight configuration as cool as the Model S. It's very distinctive. I agree that the Jag looks very similar, particularly from the back.

Epley | December 5, 2012

Sorry--Maserati. Need an edit feature!

uldry2000 | December 5, 2012

the Audi S7 is a lookalike from the direct rear view

mrspaghetti | December 5, 2012


Except for the tailpipe :)

Brian H | December 5, 2012

The MS was designed before the XF. It's a derivative copycat! Courtesy of Tata Motors.

TikiMan | December 5, 2012

Most people comment to me that it looks like a cross between a Porsche Panamera and a Jag XF.

pbrulott | December 5, 2012

I'd say a cross between Jaguar XF and Audi A7. that is how i best describe the car to my friends

Or and A7 with a better looking butt or and XF with way better reliability ;-)

Brian H | December 5, 2012

Tell people Jag XF copied Tesla. Tesla MS came first.

dave.rauschkolb | December 5, 2012

Looks like the new Ford Fusion, "ack" took a look at Tesla before it's design. Simiar hood and other front and side traits.

Timo | December 5, 2012

Aston Martin Rapid with Audi S7 (or A7). I think there is someone that has Audi A7 that has similar route to work as I because the car I have been mistaking for Model S has almost always turned out to be Audi with closer look. There are couple of jags and other similar things nearby too, but somehow I can make a difference between those and Model S quite easily.

Then there is that one mystery car I saw from my window just few days ago that looked so much like Model S from up and side that I almost rushed out of my apartment to look more closely. Then noticed the chrome frames in tail lights, and thought "that's not right" and after checking some pictures noticed that those tail lights also curve at wrong direction (up instead of down). I still don't know what it was, but I know now that there is some car that looks a lot like Model S that isn't Audi.

(hypothesis: must have been GenIII test car ;-P)

electricblue0303 | December 5, 2012

Tesla Model S looks like a Model S. 'Nuff said.

Chuck Lusin | December 5, 2012

Looks more like a Kia Optima to me

DTsea | December 5, 2012

Kia optima? Seriously? That's a much more angular car.

jbunn | December 5, 2012

Maserati has fooled me a couple times, but one door from the side, no tailpipes, and no "wings" logo

RNB | December 6, 2012

Not the audi or Kia, too different
The Jaguar XF, Maserati, and Aston Martin were quite similar on the front end.

john.m.hennessey | December 6, 2012

@RNB if you find yourself near CT, I'll give you a ride.

cji64330 | January 3, 2015

I'd agree with most of the people who've posted his/her thoughts on this thread. Jaguar XF is a close one - overall shape of the car. The side of the car, particularly near the back of the car where the kind of make a U, looks like a Porsche Panamera (sort of); the lines on the doors look like the XF and some BMW models, including the "T" side turn signal light. The front end looks like a Jag(the least similar), an Audi(headlights in particular), and an Aston Martin Rapide(the big black front end). The rear end of the car looks like something expensive/cheap. It would take me forever to list what the rear end looks like because there's so many in my mind. Anyways, one thing that I want to point out is the top brake lights(the long red brake strip on the roof of the car), and boy those brake lights make the car looks like an Audi A7 or BMW 6 series. That's probably my favorite part of the Model S. I'd take any criticism because I'm not always right, but at least I think the Model S is still on par with cars that stand out.

Bighorn | January 3, 2015


Really appreciate your assessment of styling cues. Probably a typo, but you said "The rear end of the car looks like something expensive/cheap," which confused me. The Ford Fusion gets thrown in the mix, too, but probably not one of Franz's inspirations. It's a bit disarming how quickly the Korean marques have co-opted some beautiful lines and styling, though. One has to push some boundaries with originality to not look like a "me-too" anymore.

amatiych | January 3, 2015
chrigel | January 3, 2015

Tesla took some aspects from the Aston Martin Vantage rear. Wish they took some more from their front>

chrigel | January 3, 2015


chrigel | January 3, 2015

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