I just saw the Proto-type car at the Toronto Sneak-Peek Owners event last night. It was an amazing car to see, but much has changed in the 2yrs since it was built. The Tesla rep says the exterior styling was different, but he could not provide specifics. This concerned me as one guy there said it looks more "Japaneese", which he meant as an insult. More on that later, but now for the good.....
The 21" rims on 25 series race rubber looked really cool. They were stuffed into the wheel well for sure. My wife's words were "Wow, those are huge". The striking thing about the car is the extremely clean lines. You can tell the focus was on lowest possible drag cofficient. I expecially like the how the hood crease lines were extended into the glass in the front headlights all the way to the bumpers. nice.
There were no test drives on the Model S, but there was two roadsters that you could take for a spin. A quick spin in downtown Toronto didn't interest me. I wanted a 30min ride where I could feel the handling and max accelleration of course :)
I was told we weren't allowed to sit in it either (there were no less than 5 signs stating the same too), but for $100k my butt was going into all 4 seats, which it did. The door handles were cool and my wife was impressed with them popping out. She was floored by the 17" touch screen, which was hooked up to the internet, and she Googled her business website online. The car was plugged in charging, obviously.
Note to Tesla: I hope you are planning on a USB port or two.
It would be nice for a keyboard or mouse for memory key
I didn't find the driver's seat all that comfortable, but the sales rep told me the new seats are completely different and much more comfortable. There was no 3rd row seat as it was filled with electronics. I lifted up the cover and got a good look at the guts of the Gen 1 car. It was sobbering to see the dirt and dust of reality against the highly polished exterior show car appearance. The rep wasn't overly impressed with me, but he was nice about it.
The car is big. Period. It looks small at first glance, but the interior room is huge.
The brake and gas pedal looked funny. The gas pedal looked like it came from the F1 (milled aluminum, drilled, awesome) but the brake pedal looked like it came from a Honda Civic.
I could not get into the front "engine" compartment. After getting caught opening up the rear the rep followed my wife and I to the front knowing where we were headed. No biggie.
The panaramic glass roof as absolutley amazing, and it had a sliding glass sunroof, which I hope does not leak because I'm definitely getting one now. The two tone interior leather (black and white) looks great when contrasted against the deep red exterior car color.
Telsa served water, white wine, red wine, hors derves, sushi and everyone got a Hot Wheels lime green Roadster. That was nice. Unfortunetely a condo company was using the same ultra-high class presentation area (a 1500sq ft full functioning mock up of a unit) to sell $750k condo units at the same time, which I think detracted from the single purpose.
The car was truely a break taker. It is 10x better looking in real life and if you have not seen it, you REALLY REALLY REALLY need to.
As I'm even more impressed now.......my question remains even more important.
I want to see the real thing before I punk down another $35k in Canada for my Sig final confirmation, 3mths before construction starts. That will make $40k and I expect to pay another $50k-60k by the time I get my car in the driveway, so spending a $100k is not something I take lightly.
Will the Alphas and Betas be on a similar tour as the Proto-type?
When will they be in Toronto?
Note to Tesla: Test drives for reservation holders are mandatory. Why is there any doubt here?