Submitted by kevjo on March 18, 2012
Just returned from the Santana Row event, some thoughts:
The TM rep we talked to said that the "esses" on display had recently come off the production line although they did have "Beta" painted on the lower third of the doors.
The leather colors in the digital design studio are not accurate, the grey appears a little darker and the tan appears more yellow than the showroom samples.
According to the TM rep. the design studio should be up and running next week.
As for the S, the fit and finish of interior trim is not quite what I would expect from a car in it's class. Most strikingly, the doors don't have that solid sound/feel you get with a MB or Audi. Perhaps because it's aluminum and lighter weight? The interior door latch release handles look great but feel "thin" and a little too "sharp" (not literally sharp but not totally smooth either) on the fingers. The center armrest/cup-holder seems like an after thought and I think the cup-holder would be just about useless.
The gear shift is on the steering column, I didn't think federal guidelines even allowed this. The TM rep said that they had borrowed a shift lever from a Mercedes but I can't think of any North American production car that has a gear shift on the steering column. The roadsters have pushbuttons why didn't TM stick with this design?