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  • Feb 13th 2012 at 11:56AM
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, has the Internet come up with a formula for how much a video is worth? Whatever today's exchange rate is, we knew you'd like to see the brand-new Tesla Model X in action, so we rounded up some videos of the car from the unveiling last week so you can see the "falcon-wing" doors in action and get a better impression of what the larger version of the all-electic Model S is all about.

What did we find? A good shot of Tesla CEO explaining the falcon doors, two shakey rides in the CUV along the Tesla test course and a broad overview of the Model X from CNET. If you're interested in this vehicle, all are worth your time. You can watch the CNET video here and see the others after the jump.









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      Grendal
      • 7 Months Ago
      What I don't understand about the Model X is why it's faster than the Model S. I understand it can go faster because it has two engines vs. one for the Model S, but why? There should be a mental, therefore marketing, reason for it to exceed it's sedan version. If you buy a performance Model S and spend the extra $10K to boost it's speed by a second, then the Model X comes along and beats the car you waited and spent a large amount of money for. Because it can, doesn't make sense. Being equal to the speed of a Model S or slightly (.1 second) slower should be what Tesla shoots for, IMHO.
        neoyellow
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        If you wanted the fastest electric car you would have bought the roadster
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        An SUV is more likely to carry 5-7 people than a sedan, so i'm sure they overspecced the motor on purpose knowing that it would be bogged down quite a bit more. Tesla does like to basically tune their motors to run at the maximum of whatever the batteries can pump out :)
          DaveMart
          • 7 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          They are going to want to put in more power for towing too, so all that ups the acceleration.
        RC
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        Stating that "the Model X is faster than a Porsche 911" is simply brilliant marketing, that's why.
        PeterScott
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        It isn't faster According to teslamotors.com Model S performance model: 0-60, 4.4s Model X performance model: 0-60, Under 5 seconds.
      JeremyD
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hmm, I like the doors, they provides a much wider opening... Besides, the Model X is supposed to appeal to those who want SUV looks, wicked performance, and minivan convenience... sliding doors would just NOT work on this car, thank god for that...
      marcopolo
      • 7 Months Ago
      I normally dislike SUV's CUV's etc.. But, what can I say, except that the Model X is just a great vehicle! Well done Tesla.
      Joeviocoe
      • 7 Months Ago
      2nd Video was worthless
      Neil Blanchard
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think that people need to realize the most important thing that reduces the range of the Model X vs the Model S is the higher aerodynamic drag; and not just any extra weight. While greater weight will increase the energy required to accelerate the X, once you reach "cruising" speed, there is proportionally greater kinetic energy which can be "regained" by coasting, or if you have to come to a stop, the regenerative braking will regain at least some of that invested energy. Aerodynamic drag on the other hand, is always a total loss. And at speeds above 30-35mph, the aero drag is a majority of the load, and at highway speeds, the load from aerodynamic drag is about 75% of the total. So once the vehicle is moving at a relatively constant speed, a majority of the energy used is totally lost to aero drag. Neil
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        Bet it's still more aerodynamic than any production CUV/SUV out there though, lol.
          theflew
          • 7 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Don't know the GM CUV's (Enclave, Traverse, etc...) are pretty aerodynamic.
      inthelv
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why do they have that really creepy guy hosting Autoline? I can't watch him with all of his facial weirdness and over acting.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 7 Months Ago
        @inthelv
        LOL.. glad i'm not the only one who sees this. I think the guy has a face for radio.
          RC
          • 7 Months Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Aside from being virulently anti EV, John is alright.
      Leo
      • 7 Months Ago
      it is a bit bland, don't you think? the rear looks unfinished. i mean, it's neither elegant or aggressive. just something in the middle. where's the direction? big glaring monitor next to the driver will take time getting used to: maybe a bit distracting when linked into social feeds with all that info coming in. I mean, it just looks like somebody bolted on a screen to the middle from an electronics store. almost vulgar. general impression of exterior: just bits of design cues from other manufactures pulled out of a hat and randomely put in place. i watched the video presentation: wasn't there a sense of capped excitement? just my 0.02$ sorry for not forming proper sentences. really tired.
      DarylMc
      • 7 Months Ago
      I figure I will never afford a Telsa but perhaps more likely an EV scooter. At first I wasn't a fan of the rear doors. But if they make it to production I think it could be good access for elderly as well as the young. Myself at 45 had some real trouble getting in and out of the seat on someones Audi TT after a hard day's work. So I am warming to the idea already.
      Spec
      • 7 Months Ago
      They should have anticipated all the whining about the doors and had a demo showing how they are when it is raining (assuming they do fine in the rain). And they should have shown a version with a trailer hitch rack for skis/bikes because you pretty much can't use a roof rack with that vehicle.
      throwback
      • 7 Months Ago
      Gull wing rear doors are certainly different, I don't know about better as Musk claims, but they are different. Sliders are by far the better choice for ingress/egress to 3rd rows.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 7 Months Ago
      The front storage is freaking brilliant, i love it. I don't like SUVs, but the design here earns my stamp of approval. This is truly the ultimate soccer mom ride.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow, those doors are pretty goofy looking. Love this car, but the second i see those doors open I shudder a little. Why even have them?!?! They add nothing to the car except price and I question how well they can open in a normal parking space with cars on both sides. Why is it that company's try to do something different just for the sake of doing something different. Normal doors work, no need to add ugly 80s style "falcon doors."
        Joeviocoe
        • 7 Months Ago
        They require much less side clearance than regular doors, suicide doors, or gull wing doors like deloreans. Falcon wings doors are double hinged. Watch the 3rd video again. Side clearance is much better with the Model X, ingress and egress space is better too... the only downside is top clearance. So maybe some spots in small covered parking garages should be avoided. (especially if there are no auto-stop sensors). So as silly as they look... they are more functional than not. Most of the time, you will need "side" clearance in parking lots.. rather than "top" clearance in small garages. Weather might be another concern though.
          porosavuporo
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          No roof rack possibility. For a $60K SUV, you want that.
          Spec
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          The front doors open normally, so you could get your snow brush that way.
          Justin Forposting
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          yeah, they have some obvious problems in snowy regions. Especially if you keep the snow brush in the car and are not tall enough to knock the stuff off before you open the doors.
        gpmp
        • 7 Months Ago
        The doors are designed specifically to allow very good access, especially in tight spots. If a person can fit in the space between 2 cars, the doors have enough clearance. 'Normal' doors won't work in such a tight spot.
          NicksGarage
          • 7 Months Ago
          @gpmp
          Then why do they have 'Normal" doors on the front? If you have a height issue in your garage at home you would have to skip this thing or make your passengers get out before you put it away. They would have been better off with sliding doors.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 7 Months Ago
          @gpmp
          Nick nailed it. If the doors are needed for the people in the back, then why wouldn't they be needed for the driver?
          JeremyD
          • 7 Months Ago
          @gpmp
          Good point about the front doors. I think the advantage is in the wide spaced opened up though... would still work when dropping the kids off. Besides, whats wrong with something a little different, sliding doors are too minivan-ish IMO, and like I said in another post, they would not work on this vehicle.
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