• Feb 7, 2012
If you've been following the story of the soon-to-be-revealed Tesla Model X, you're likely aware that the all-electric crossover is said to be quicker than a Porsche 911, offer more interior space than an Audi Q7 and come with all-wheel drive (at least as an option). Also, if the teaser image is any indication, it should be pretty svelte.

What you might not know is that the feature likely to garner the most initial attention are its unique doors. Specifically, "falcon" doors. While we suspect front passengers will gain entrance to the vehicle in the traditional way, the rear portals will be decidedly different. CEO Elon Musk intimated as much when he recently tweeted, "The most interesting view of the Model X is really with the doors open."

So, what are falcon doors? Having seen photos of the Model X, Theo O'Neill of Wunderlich Securities explains that they "lift up and fold – like the wing of a bird," pivoting from the top. Apparently, this will help the Model X achieve its "functionality of a minivan" mandate, allowing easy access to attend to child car seats and such.

Though we can really only begin to decide whether this configuration is a stroke of genius or too clever by half after the official reveal on February 9 at 8:00PM, we suspect some of you might already be forming opinions. Feel free to share with the rest of the class in the comments.


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      Iva Lithp
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's next, Unicorn taint upholstery?
      fat kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally, 1 automaker steps up the game and makes the doors that make getting in and out so much easier. I personally can't stand the thick black door clamp under the top of car roofs that takes so much off the space for getting in and out.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fat kid
        Doors that lift up though could be a problem in a garage
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          But they fold, so it may work
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fat kid
        [blocked]
      teh POD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will it falcon punch would-be thieves?
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's suicide doors, but what's even more interesting was Tesla's previous name for these doors,"Spreadin' Eagle Doors".
      space
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll hold judgment till I see the car but I am excited any time someone actually decides to try something different and new. I always felt so let down as a kid when the concept cars would be set for production and then loose the cool doors. I say bring it on, screw practicality! (mostly)
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of Tesla and certainly curious about what this Model X will look like, and more importantly how it will perform. Not that any of that will make a difference in my purchasing decision; as a city dweller with on-street parking who frequently uses a car for out-of-town trips, an all-electric vehicle just won't work. Offer the Model X with a hybrid option though, and I'll put down a deposit today...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
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          waetherman
          • 2 Years Ago
          The Volt is a long way from anything Tesla has in the making - style aside, the Tesla S goes 0-60 in as little as 4.4 seconds, the Volt does it in about 9 seconds. And the X is a crossover instead of a compact sedan. You're comparing apples to oranges.
          wtrmlnjuc
          • 2 Years Ago
          I'm sorry but.the volt had never interested me. However, Tesla's offerings always have.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do people who invent Falcon doors live where it snows? How about freezing rain like we get in Missouri?
      vvk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Vaporware.
        rllama
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vvk
        It's being unveiled 2 days from now. How is that vaporware? Or are we working on much different definitions of vaporware?
      JB Kolod
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sick of hearing all the talk surrounding these car companies and their dream cars (karma, model s) so far none of it has come to fruition and all we hear about are these crazy claims. Put something on the freaking road.
        Drew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JB Kolod
        Tesla bought an old Toyota factory to mass produce the Model S starting this summer. It'll be on the road soonish.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drew
          [blocked]
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drew
          ish. Somewhere else on the posts is Fisker blah blah blah. I'm waiting for one of these companies to be run by a business man (or woman!) not just a visionary.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JB Kolod
        [blocked]
          Matt Brown
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well if you've only seen one, then there must only be one. On a related note, I've never been to Australia, therefore it doesn't exist.
        zambono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JB Kolod
        I've seen many roadsters, so they are on the road.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Ramon Leigh
      • 2 Years Ago
      If von Holzhausen designed the doors, they will be just fine. He is the sharpest designer in the automotive world and I cannot wait to see what he pens for the future Tesla roadster. So far Tesla has hit its mark on everything it has promised, unlike the promises from GM about the Volt :50 miles per gallon during gas powered mode (they hit 35), a price of "under $30K" (its sticker STARTS at $42K), attractive styling (they restyled the Volt into the plainest, dumpiest econobox ever) , a factory production rate of 60K (they are running less than 7K), and so on. Tesla tells the truth - GM gets stupid administration to invest in GM stock, which is underwater.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish everyone would just stick to regular doors. Even the SLS AMG seems kinda ridiculous.
        Eric G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        If by ridiculous you mean absolutely awesome, then yes. It is quite ridiculous.
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