Kyle Field and I found ourselves in an area where no other bloggers/photographers/videographers landed after the Tesla Model 3 unveiling — alongside the test tracks where people were taking turns test driving the Model 3, Model X, and Model S. We spent ~2 hours there filming and snapping photos of the Model 3… and Model X and Model S a bit.
As you can see, Kyle snapped a lot of great photos, capturing the Tesla Model 3 in various lighting and in action. I caught the Model 3 (and Model X) on video from numerous angles and spots along the test track. Once I’m on faster WiFi again, I’ll upload and share lightened/color-enhanced and super-sharp versions of this video, but until then, here’s a 20-minute video of the Tesla Model 3, Model X, and (to a slight degree) Model S:
From the presentation, which I imagine we’ve all seen by now, and my long in-person view of the Model 3 and discussions with others who rode in the Model 3, here are 5 standout things I already love about the Model 3:
This is a stunning vehicle, and has quickly become my favorite-looking vehicle on the planet. I thought almost right off the bat that the Model 3 had resemblances to a Porsche, and I heard several other people at the unveiling say the same. I think that’s some pretty good blood to mix in with Tesla’s… and perhaps also a bit of a taunt.
2. Autopilot hardware on every Model 3.
It seems clear that you will have to choose autopilot (and pay for it) if you really want it, but it’s cool to hear that the hardware will be on every Model 3… which means there’s always the possibility of adding it.
With the base model getting from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds, that’s one quick $35,000 car! And there’s still plenty of home that the top-of-the-line Tesla Model 3 will be able to get to 60 in under 4 seconds. I’m excited!
4. The supersplendulous glass roof!!
Without a doubt, one of the most wonderful features of the Tesla Model X (2016 CleanTechnica Car of the Year) is what I have termed the supersplendulous windshield that makes you feel like you’re in a helicopter. Tesla went one step further and designed an insanely supersplendulous glass roof (from front to back essentially) in the Tesla Model 3. I can’t believe it, but I’m loving it!
I’m really happy that Tesla has decided to snub the faux grills. When I first saw the front of the Model X during the unveiling, I was not into it. I think that, within a day, I grew to love it and have ever since thought grills (and faux grills) look really weird… and the nosecone on the Model S even more so! 😀 I fully expected the Model 3 to include the Model X nose design language, and actually thought Elon would announced a facelift on the Model S last night. I think that is right around the corner now, but Tesla made a good decision to just focus on the Model 3 and no other updates last night. But yes, I’m very happy with the front of the stunning Tesla Model 3. 😀
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