Tesla Motors has positioned the Model S directly in the middle of its weight class on purpose and I think the Model S can only go higher in its offering to prospective buyers. The initial package is a good one but can be improved upon but in the hopes of maximizing the range TM had to pull back on everything that could go into the final version of the "S". Only time will tell what will be the final version of the Model S. I still will purchase.
I only sat in the back seat of the red S at the Factory event and I was in the middle. I thought it was really comfortable in the middle and very roomy. from that position I did like the interior. I didn't look too carefully at the trim edges around the ceiling, I was more focused on looking through the middle at the dash and the lace wood on the middle arm rest area and then trying to watch the speedo when we were going 0-70+ veerry comfortably!
The '02 LS430 (that I was gifted) in comparison was probably a $60K+new car 0-60 <6.5s and very quiet + rides smooth and handles decent. Seats are not as good as a nicer benz in adjustability and no bolsters but pretty comfy. Nav system is voice activated, rear seats heated, lots of soft leather and burl trim over most everything else but a few plastic parts and at 130k miles it runs great and looks pretty new still. The fit and finish is pretty nice and everything has held up perfectly for 10 years.
I think I will like the S better but it needs to last like a luxury car too
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While I agree that the interior isn't up to the standards set by Audi/Jaguar/Porsche/etc., I suspect that Tesla has devoted its limited resources to ensuring that the mechanicals are flawless. Version 2.0 could see a marked improvement on the interior, especially if marketing determines that that element is holding back sales.
So the Tesla has a great electric propulsion system, cool touch screen center console hit or miss in my book (personally would have preferred conventional buttons for HVAC controls and sun roof) well appointed interior and lots of options that just aren't available in other cars like rear facing child seats, slacker radio, potentially great safety. That's what makes it a luxury car. Hopefully the interiors and fit and finish continue to improve because the Boston white Model S looked beat! Like really beat it seamed like everyone was pull ever section of carpeting that could get a finger on up and rubbing every button till the letting rubbed off. But the interior was average for a luxury class car. It's no Bentley but it's not meant to be either. I will get one because I drive 110+ miles a day and getting a luxury car simple cost's to much to justify driving that kind of mileage.
BTW Lexus is a premium car over Toyota my rich old boring uncle loves his and I am sure many grandfathers around the U.S. enjoy driving there's to the golf club too, but no way am I considering that luxury! For me you won't ketch me dead owning one any time soon.
Full disclosure Lexus did pay me $75 to test drive the GS, nice car but still no way I would even consider it! LOL
Last edited by Tessier; 04-19-2012 at 07:55 AM.
I beleive Mercedes Benz is going to use some of Teslas Technology for their EVs, thats is going to be an expensive car and will not start in price in the upper 50s or 60s. I really think this car needs to be kept in persperpective for what it is, Elon was probably a little overzealous to say the Model S will the best car that happens to be an EV, but I dont think they are missing the mark by much. If all we are really talking abut is cup holders, "leather throughout" and a few beautifully finished amenities. The Model S is the (family size) game changing beginning of what I think we all hope is an electric car revolution. I am super excited to be a part of that, no matter what we actually classify it as.
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