Monday, September 16, 2013

Tesla Model C

Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a nut for all things either Elon Musk or Tesla. Aside from the fact that the Model S is a game changer on more levels than the automotive industry has ever know, it is in a word beautiful. While being the most aerodynamic car on the road, it manages to maintain its sublime grace and elegant proportions in a way that no other sedan quite has. While looking at the sleek yet stately four door, its hard not to imagine what a coupe based on the same design language might look like. The car on top is just that. I brought the lower photo into Photoshop and gave it a chop and channel. I was very careful in trying to leave as much unchanged as possible, knowing that so much has gone into optimizing the wind cheating. By chopping 2 or 3 inches off of the roof and the same from the body's belt line the result is stunning in a Jaguar F Type or Maserati Grand Sport sort of way. My guess is that a coupe of this proportion could be very likely. It could also easily see a convertible variant and as such may be the basis for next roadster. A convertible would be much easier and less expensive to produce than an entirely different car. Before any Lotus Elise fans fly off of the handle( the car upon which the current roadster is based) the Elise occupies a much smaller market niche than the Jag or Maserati or Mercedes SL. Its a wondrous toy to be sure but, you won't hear anyone calling it practical or particularly comfortable. In the above coupe configuration  It would not only have more interior and cargo volume than any of its competition, it could have a theoretical performance envelope of more than 800 horse power. I know that sounds impossible and perhaps even insane but, consider this, the Model S produce more than 400 horse power. Next year the Model X will be produced as a twin motor 4 wheel drive variant from the same platform. So, in re-cap, what we have here is something the size of an Aston Martin and just about as good looking starting under $40,000 for a base model and perhaps $70k for a top of the line edition with twin motors, 4 wheel drive, a convertible top and a 0-60 time of less than 2.5 seconds. If the assent of Tesla Motors has been largely due to its product and development strategies, A sports car bearing more likeness to car above is more inevitable than another tiny toy that's first true purpose was to be a proof of concept more than anything else.

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