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Review that is possitive but didn't sit right with me personally...

Hi Tesla Motor's Fan's!

I watched this review from c-Net and it frankly, although positive, didn't sit right with me. Frankly, it pissed me off a little. What do you guys think?

http://cnettv.cnet.com/tesla-unboxing/9742-1_53-50132295.html

Comment on no 4G is valid so I can't complain about that. She also commented on visibility and the cruise control being "annoyingly" above the turn signals.

My Issues:
Molly Wood got the 0-60 time wrong on the Performance (she said in 5.4 for Performance), (Time Code 4:30)
Her comments on handling not being up to par with German cars like the Audi A6, and that "the BMW still has better rode feel" (Time Code 4:44)

Aside from the obvious error about the 0-60 time, I have never driven a BWM (well, not since 1994) or any car from Audi. For those of you that have, do you agree with her assessment?

Well, with future battery technology, can the Model S get lighter over time? I mean, 10 to 15 years down the road when we may need to replace the 85kw battery, may it possibly have half or a third of the weight of the current cells with twice or more of the capacity? How much are the batteries alone volume in weight? Anybody have an idea? Can you imagine what the Model S can do with a ton shaved off? Wonder how it would handle then? Can it still grip as well with the weight being so much less?

I took a test drive this week and I have to agree with some of her comments.
I still love the car and am very happy to have one on order.

1. Rear view out the mirror is horrible. Good enough to see a car behind you but not good enough for backing up.
2. The rear window glass distortion is bad.
3. Blind spot is kind of big as well.

I backed into parking spot when done. This was in a garage with a white pated floor and wall. I found it very hard to judge how far back the wall was. I revered to using the camera but even with this it was hard since there was no depth perception.

The sun visor is the smallest one I have ever seen. Being I was driving at night I do not know how affective it is.

a. Need radar in back like BMW's
b. Need radar and auto break in front
c. blind spot detector

Final observation - when in parking deck going slowly we could hear some sort of buzz going on in the front. Was for sure not supposed to be there. Almost sounded like static on radio but this was off.

With a rear cam you never look behind you while backing up anyway. They just need to add guide lines. Sensor for the front would be nice.

Paint a few markers on the white floor and wall. Any design will do.

@BYT - since the battery weighs 1300 pounds, it would be really hard to shave a ton off via lighter batteries :).

@jat@jaet.org, If the batteries are 1,300 lbs, and the Electric Motor isn't significant weight and the whole car's body is aluminum, where is all the weight? What makes up the additional ~3,000 lbs? 1,300 lbs for batteries sounds light to me? Would love a reference if you can find one and thanks for the reply!

450 kg + cooling etc. IIRC. The crash-proofing structure is mostly steel, I believe. And the "light" aluminum is not weightless.

@BYT, actual batteries weight even less than that 1300 lbs.

There are approx 8000 batteries in the battery pack. (8000 * 3.1Ah * 3.6V = 89kWh) Panasonic 3.1Ah batteries weight 46g each. That adds up 368kg which is only about 811 lbs. A big and heavy ICE drivetrain with automatic transmission probably weights easily the same or even more.

Wiring probably adds up some 100 lbs easily and structure and cooling fluids the remaining 400 lbs.

I was surprised as well about the actual car weight. I was expecting under 4000 lbs vehicle, not 4600+ lbs one. Apparently that aluminum body does not save weight that much after all. Car itself is quite heavy, even considering it's size. Five star safety rating probably causes big portion of that weight.

OTOH, similar-sized premium ICE cars weight about same.

I guess then I would prefer the extra weight if it means a much safer car.

I currently drive a MB S550, so everything was very familiar to me when I test-drove the "S". In fact, it is annoying to me when I drive any other car that the cruise control isn't in the top left spot.

@William9 | OCTOBER 6, 2012: I currently drive a MB S550, so everything was very familiar to me when I test-drove the "S". In fact, it is annoying to me when I drive any other car that the cruise control isn't in the top left spot.

I think Mercedes designed the cruise control and multifunction switch based on customer feedback. It's hard to image customers actually asking for it in this configuration.

Her complaints all seemed pretty trivial, given all the extraordinary features of what is clearly a revolutionary car. Perhaps she or her editor felt compelled to include some complaints, however small, so the review would be taken seriously. To me, these nitpicks are akin to complaining about the color of Michael Phelps' bathing suit.


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