The test drive event is being held at Tesla's Design Studio at the Hawthorne, CA Municipal airport. The test drive is a rectangular route that takes you east on Jack Northrup Ave along a specially coned off lane where you "punch it", then north on Crenshaw Blvd. to the I-105 west on ramp, I-105 west to the Prairie Ave. exit, and south on Prairie to Jack Northrup Ave. The only spots you can hard corner the car is the on and off ramps.
Nothing to add about the performance of the car that hasn't already been said from the factory drives last weekend. They gave us a choice of driving a Performance or non-Performance Model S. I chose a non-Performance with 19" wheels. Smooth ride and plenty enough acceleration to convince me I really don't need the Performance model. They told me all the test drive vehicles are production models. There are several Beta's on static display.
Some specific questions I was asked to by other forum participants:
For Volker.Berlin: Driver's seat headrest. I took a tape. The measured distance between the seat cushion and top of the headrest was 34 inches. I am 6'0" with an average length torso. The center of the back of my head was well within the headrest cushion. Hope that helps answer your question.
For mvbf: 1) Audio system. Was able to listen to the standard audio system. Have to say the tonal quality was pretty darned good. Was going to get the upgrade but I'm leaning toward not. The car is so quiet, the extra power in the upgraded system isn't necessary to drown out the ICE and road noise. Don't want to get into a big discussion with the audiophiles out there, but suffice it to say, if you can't afford the upgrade, I don't think you will be disappointed with the standard audio.
2) Air Suspension. Very Smooth. They would not let me measure the height when raised. Too many people to push through in too little time. Interesting that the co-pilot had me take the return driveway entrance at an angle. It didn't seem that steep, but maybe he was just being cautious.
3) Pano roof open and close while driving. My test vehicle didn't have one so no help there.
4) Jump seats. No children under 8 were allowed to ride. All children were seated in the back seats so no opportunity to get anyone's impression of a jump seat ride.
Some other impressions:
1) No side-to-side pitching in the hard acceleration. I drove the green non-performance with the 19" wheels.
2) Rear seat headroom. It is definitely a problem in the non-pano hardtops. As mentioned above, I am 6'0" with an average length torso and I could not sit up straight without crunching my head on the headliner. If you are going to routinely carry back seat passengers 6' or taller, you need to get the pano roof for the extra headroom. Additionally, the non-adjustable back seat headrest did not extend beyond the middle of my neck. No head support at all. Seems like that would be a safety issue but I don't know what the regs are on that.
3) Rear view mirror. Properly adjusted, I had no problem seeing out the back, but your field of view is definitely diminished due to the slope of the hatchback.
4) Obeche Wood. They had a sample with the matte finish. Very dull and unappealing. I commented to one of the associates and she asked if I had seen the gloss finish. Duh, no. She brought up the matte and gloss finish side by side on her laptop and all I can say is WOW! The difference was night and day. Very bright and somewhat similar to the banana leaf in appearance. I'm definitely getting the Obeche Wood gloss and would recommend anyone considering it, make the comparison. Hope they post the two side by side on the TM Website if they haven't already done it.
5) Tinted Windows. All the test drive vehicles had factory tinted windows which I'm was told was standard.
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