Wonder why they did it? Not sure if I like it.
The 'lip' looks like it was a continuation of the line running from the fender to the nose.
The nosecone never had a real bumper in it. The boron steel bumper sits right behind the mid portion of the nosecone -- that hasn't changed with the redesign.
It's a little dark in the garage, but it looks like my early sig has a two-piece nose cone with the join line along that upper horizontal lip.
Just for interest's sake, the original nose cone is more than two pieces. The area to the lower right of the Tesla T pops out (with a plastic prybar or some other non damaging item) to reveal the pos and neg terminals of the battery connections, for jumpstarting, I suppose. I don't see how you can access that with the new nosecone, unless the battery connectors are back under the frunk now.
The original nosecone has a definite bumper shape across the middle of the front, which sticks out maybe an inch in front of the rest of the nose. Possibly a light bump that might damage just the bumper plastic would not hit the rest of the front end. It definitely makes for easy quick ID of a Signature.
Tesla has played with a number of different designs - I just noticed that the Tesla home page has a different nose cone than either the Signature or GP nose cone.
Has anyone figured out how to remove the new nosecone? My DS couldn't figure it out (mine was the first new style he'd seen). I guess the jumper contacts are behind it somewhere.
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