The beta is going to be in dc thanksgiving weekend. Anyone been to a beta visit yet? What kind of access to the car is allowed? Did it look better or worse in person? Anyone else going to be there?
Darn, I was having fun trying to imagine what Brits would refer to as a "parking sop". >:(
I went to the Tesla event in Princeton, N.J. today. They had the red signature model s on display. You can't drive it but they allowed you to sit in the car for a minute and gave you a short demonstration of the touch screen monitor. They did not have the key as they did not want the car starting every time someone buckled in. I asked about the area between the two front seats and the Tesla reps seemed to think that they were not planning on adding anything. I liked the look of the car's exterior; however I think the front "grill" could be improved. Right now it's just a solid piece of black plastic. Didn't learn much new info and in fact the Tesla reps seemed to acknowledge that they were waiting for more details themselves. They indicated that further details would be posted/released on 12/15! We shall see... They acknowledged that the interior still was a work in progress and that Tesla was paying attention to comments from reservation holders. I pushed for vented seats and some other items on my wish list. One observation - the rear facing seats cant fit an adult as the head room is very limited. I realize they are not rated/intended for adults but i was hoping i could use them in a pinch. Not possible.
Looking forward to test driving the car before I have to let my deposit go hard.
@Peter Spirgel, Elon had an adult male under the front hood at the Fremont event... in a pinch maybe? ;)
As far as the folding mirrors go, in my neighborhood I have had to replace 5 driver side mirrors in the last 6 years because people apparently do not know how to drive and have clipped my cars. The only time I ever go on eBay is to purchase these things and I install them all myself. I just shake my head every time I go outside and see the mirror dangling by it's cord. I find myself forgetting at times (when in a rush) to fold them in so having them auto fold in would be fantastic!
@BYT, Elon had an adult male under the front hood at the Fremont event... in a pinch maybe? ;)
That's reserved for my mother-in-law ;)
Then you'll want the extra road noise elimination package to deaden sounds from near the wheel wells. And/or the front sound production for blind pedestrians. Unless you think the blind will hear her chatting away?
Chatting, no. Screaming, yes.
I hear the model s beta will be coming to Miami late jan or early feb - will try to confirm for my fellow floridians....
Thx, @Charged_Up. If you hear anything, let us know! Hopefully, pricing and options will have been announced by then.
I hope the Beta that visits has a panoramic roof. Those of us in SoFla really need to determine whether it attenuates the Florida sun's heat/light enough to be practical.
"I hope the Beta that visits has a panoramic roof. Those of us in SoFla really need to determine whether it attenuates the Florida sun's heat/light enough to be practical."
Won't that be difficult to determine in the confines of an air conditioned showroom? ;-)
@Larry: I was hoping they might display it outside. In fact, there are a few merits to doing just that—accurate representation of paint color in natural light and the roof. Oh well ...
I hear jan 26 through feb 5 but since date is not official it is subject to change until it's posted on website.
They can't show it outside! That nasty Florida UV would roon the paint ...
I hope the beta visits include our test drives.
Nope. The current betas cannot legally be driven except by Tesla employees.
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