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Additional scoop from Santana Row visit today

I'm in the Bay Area on business and stopped by the Santana Row store as I had never seen the Model S in person let alone sat in the seat. I'll spare everybody the personal commentary (other than the panoramic roof being really cool and the sloping roof in the rear seats a potential headroom issue--I'm 6'). Three interesting tidbits came out that I don't remember seeing earlier:
1. Design elements, including paint, leather and dashboard accents, should be in the Santana Row store in 10-12 days. They will be on a tray and can be taken outside to view in sunshine/street lights. I don't know the rollout schedule for other stores.
2. The interior configurations in the design studio will go online at the same time.
3. There is a planned event to offer test drives at the factory, on the banked track, in late April or early May.

Can't vouch for the accuracy of the facts but can vouch for the accuracy of the transcription ;-)

Thanks for the scoop JohnQ.

I am so there for the planned test drives at the factory!! It's going to be a fun summer gentlemen, I'm excited, can't you tell?

Hot damn! I hope you're right about all of that! I'm itching to see the final design studio online and getting a test drive would be pretty epic.

I dunno, sounds like 2 more weeks to me. That's what they've been saying for over a month. Bla, bla, bla. Now that I have that out of my system.....woo hoo!

checks in the mail!

Might be a good excuse to visit SF again, though I'm still hoping they'll have test drives in Bellevue.

@Kroneal Yes, we've heard the "just a few more weeks" rumors for quite a while now, I find it interesting that it's coupled with the arrival of the interior elements in the store. Lends more credibility in my opinion. I was told that the left wall (as you're entering the store) will be redesigned to hold the swatches, paint chips (hopefully panels), etc.

@olanmills Store based test drives were mentioned but the timing wasn't specific.

Just nobody test out the "frunk crumple zone" feature ...
8-0 !!

I also heard something similar from the Bellevue Square store yesterday. A new car will replace the beta on display in about 2 weeks and the complete design center will go online around the same time. Sounds like the assembly line producing near final production cars now!

The test track drives would be a nice excuse to go to the factory again. Maybe they would offer tours of the production line for those who elect to take a factory test drive?

Great report JohnQ! Let's hope it's all true.

I hear the next version of ___ will be out in "about two weeks."

^ Getting old.

Agreed brianman, yet another "it will be ready in about 2 weeks " pile of crap...
Come on Tesla, bring it on ! Spring is in 3 weeks, not much time left to keep your deadline. By the way Saying "coming soon - this winter" and then doing it at the very end of the winter is complete bullshit...

I was told at the Boston beta event that there would be local test drives of a Model S in "late spring".

Cut some slack guys. If they could have done it sooner, they certainly would have.

@Mycroft, I hear you but I also understand some of the frustration. If they didn't care, they wouldn't be so emotional about it and I totally understand that as well. I'll be honest, I can't wait either and the raping of my wallet at the gas pumps lately just compound that for me.

I actually think what's going on is that TM is proactively preparing their responses to every possible over-reaction in these forums to the design center, once released. I imagine George B's team is holed up in the "Denial" conference room formulating preemptive responses to the anticipated bat sh!t crazy questions and freak outs from us. They must be having some fun.

P.S. that was a joke. I am not calling anyone crazy, insane, or nuts.

@Kroneal, but you though it! ;)


Not crazy, just obsessive.

To be clear, my concern was not about the timing of when they actually release these things. My concern was/is about setting expectations.

Using "It'll be ready in two weeks" to mean "sometime more than a day, and less than your lifetime" is the kind of statement I expect from a house subcontractor or mechanic, not from Tesla.

"In two weeks" is certainly better than "late spring".

And I so can't wait to see the design studio (and waste so much time on that, configuring and de-configuring and re-configuring the model S).

When the design studio comes out, I am sure that some of us will criticize it.

Rash.saka. Waste more time – Really! We all are going to configure-deconfigure-reconfigure… until our “S” arrives.

Sorry, as fanatics, that is what we do.

The best news from this thread, IMO, is that the real-life exterior and interior samples will be arriving soon to Tesla stores. I have a fairly clear idea of what options I'm getting, and most of the places where I'm undecided, the Design Studio won't help. I'm severely conflicted about paint colors, however, and I simply don't trust computer rendering enough to make my choice without seeing real samples in a variety of lighting conditions (particularly natural daylight). Thank you, Tesla, for making the chips portable!

I was just about to start a new thread on when will the design studio be ready!!! This is great news - two weeks will come fast. I have had the fortunate ability to see the white beta and the sig red beta - I would like to see them again but I thought the white looked nicer. I agree with RB that, even though I am looking forward to the design studio, I just feel it is not as good as seeing it live. Even with the paint chips in the daylight - that is not as good as seeing the whole car in that color. What are we first adopters to do.?

There are black, Sig red, and pearl white cars out there, so the real early adopters -- Sig reservation holders -- could at least in principle see 3 of their 4 options. And silver isn't hard to imagine.

But I agree, lgagliardi, people (like me) with low P number and who want a non-Sig color are at a disadvantage. I would strongly prefer to be able to see the colors on a full car, but I don't see any way for that to happen. If you felt strongly enough, you could exercise your option to delay, but I'm eager to have my car ASAP.

As an aside, has anyone seen a "tan" interior on any Beta that's been displayed at the stores or in Fremont?

If you have, did the tan look "dark" (coffee with lots of cream) or "light" (beach sand) when you saw it in person?

RB I'm with ya. I am a very visual person and would REALLY want to see the car in the color first BUT I would not pro-long my wait. I would just pick the one I liked off the paint chips - in the daylight of course.:)

Took all the paint chips out in sunlight a few months ago at the Oak Brook, IL store- IMO, not that helpful. Even though the green and blue look very gray-blackish, I'm probably going to go basic black on the exterior.

On paint color, the only thing I'm certain of yet is that I want metallic. I'm glad portable samples will be available in the stores soon.

Wasn't there some statement earlier in a review that there were about 20-30 cars already off the production line, with a total of about 80 to be on hand for test drives etc.?

Or maybe I'm hallucinificating.

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