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Road and Track has taken an early speculative look at what Tesla's Model S sedan may look like. Of course, it's impossible to know for sure how close this rendering may be to the real thing, but it's always fun to guess, right? We can see some clear inspiration taken from the company's first effort, the Tesla Roadster, along with a hint of Nissan GT-R in its flanks. We know for sure that the rear of the car will feature a deeply sloping hatchback, like the Porsche Panamera, and R&T's artists seem to have that feature down, as well.
We've actually gotten an early peek at the Model S from the rear via Tesla's new design chief Franz von Holzhausen, formerly of Mazda fame, which shows a nice carbon fiber rear diffuser and an aerodynamically sound cut-off hind end. Unfortunately, the Model S has been delayed by roughly six months due to the tough economic climate and some massive reorganization taking place at the Silicon Valley automaker. We don't expect to see the fully developed car until next Spring. Thanks for the tip, Kunal!

[Source: Road & Track]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      You don't get it? Oh, so you've never seen a GT-R then?
      • 6 Years Ago
      its definitely got some nissan-ish-ness to it....

      it has that character line/shoulder from the altima.... turned up to 11. the bottom feeder grille is nothing new to tesla, but also hints at the 350z

      the fact that their head of design is former mazda and was responsible for stuff like the furai and the nagare brings some doubt as to how accurate these pics are. but i would also not want to imply that he was a one trick pony
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont know where everyone is getting the nissan connection. To me it looks like the american version of Lotus' design language; but cleaner, more straight, and with less baubles... the American way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        click the image, or the link, and then you will see.
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      i still hate the fact that i can't hear it....
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        put some playing cards in the spokes?
      • 6 Years Ago
      there's gotta be a Nissan connection here somewhere, common now its like a 350z literally stretched to fit two more doors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a Nissan from the front too, with some Mitsu Lancer mixed in.
        • 6 Years Ago
        pretty sure the tesla roadster has had a bottom feeder grille for while now. possibly before mitsu.....

        also, i'm pretty sure electric motors still need some cooling. the occupants inside certainly do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a 4 door coupe. I like the way it looks, but I was expecting something bigger, something that might be a competitor with the A6. I wonder what their margins are like at 60k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Doh, I meant a 2 door sedan. It's hard to get a feel for the scale, but it looks really small,
      • 6 Years Ago
      With unaerodynamic huge grille and multiple side vents for a refrigeration the electric engine doesn't need, that rendering can't be close to the real car, I guess...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The motor needs a lot of cooling. A LOT of cooling. It's liquid cooled now in the 1.5 drivetrain.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except that it's nearly identical to the car that R&T Photographed for their Test Drive of the Telsa Model S Version 1.5 The only difference is the additional (smalle) side vent.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The motor doesn't need that much cooling, sure, but the battery pack does - just look at the Roadster. Also, there will be a range extender ICE option, and that needs to breathe as well...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I find it incredible that they can put any resources into a 4 door when they haven't nailed down the 2 door sport coupe.

      The price point for both their vehicles are way too high to sustain sales after the initial pop from collectors and elites. And yes, the Volt will have the same problem.

      Their business model should have been to design a "real" car that would compete again the Camry's and Accord's of the world.

      Unless California sets special legislation to create an artificial market for their products, I can't see their survival as a manufacturer, only as a custom builder in a small shop.



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