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    Model S VIN P01536 Robert.Boston's Avatar
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    Model X Falcon Doors

    Analyst Calls Tesla Model X Electric Crossover ā€œFast, Roomyā€¯

    Initial spec (i.e 0-60mph faster than a Porsche 911, 40% more room than an Audi Q7, all-wheel drive, etc.) and design (falcon door, aerodynamic body, etc) were impressive.
    "Falcon door"? I can't believe that you'd say "falcon door" to me "self-lifting door handles." Sounds to me like some variant on gull-wing? Or perhaps some large slider, like this:


    Odd term; do we mean a falcon diving or landing?

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    Or Space X's Falcon...

    Another Elon name favorite? (along with the "X")

    Wonder what his kid's middle names are?
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    I pictured the door popping out and sliding back, similar to what's pictured above. I can sort of see how that emulates a diving falcon wing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRP3 View Post
    I pictured the door popping out and sliding back, similar to what's pictured above. I can sort of see how that emulates a diving falcon wing.
    Maybe something like this Cadillac concept?

    "...its dramatic scissor-style doors extend outward and rotate forward, reducing the clearance required to get in and out of the vehicle."

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    There are sometimes non-obvious safety and/or usability issues that prevent some "non-conventional" door designs from being acceptable.
    One thing to consider is "how do you open the doors if the car rolls onto the roof?"

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    Couldn't that be asked of cars with Lamborghini or gullwing doors as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnOutsider View Post
    Couldn't that be asked of cars with Lamborghini or gullwing doors as well?
    Yep.

    Delorean and Mercedes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vfx View Post
    Yep.

    Delorean and Mercedes too.
    and koenigsegg

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnOutsider View Post
    Couldn't that be asked of cars with Lamborghini or gullwing doors as well?
    Gull-wing door - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    ...The most obvious downside to having gull-wing doors is that, should the car roll over and come to rest on its roof, exit by the doors would be impossible, requiring a large wind screen opening to escape. The DeLorean had a windscreen that was able to be kicked out of place in the event of a roll-over...
    ...It also makes sealing the car against water leaks more difficult because of the shape and movement path of the door itself. Many DeLorean owners report leakage when taking their vehicles through automated car-washes because of the high-pressure water jets...

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    With gullwing doors there's also the additional downside of having your doors swing wide from the vehicle and possibly hitting the car next to you.

    That's why I had to trade in my Mercedes SLS AMG for a Lamborghini with the scissor doors

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