Dan Neil, he of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism fame, has made a decent living peddling his automotive snark, and for good reason, as Neil is unquestionably one of the best and funniest at what we do. Tesla CEO Elon Musk – also an outspoken salesman of some merit – differs from Neil in one primary respect, which is that Musk is worth some $2 billion and thus doesn't have to drive someone else's cars around.

When these two agreed to resolve their disagreement over Tesla's seemingly pie-in-the-sky production plans by means of a wager, those of us familiar with both affable egos were deeply amused. Neil most certainly did not expect to lose his end of the bet: That Tesla would fail in its promise to deliver its second model on time. What with the prevailing view at the time being that Tesla's game plan was merely to get bought out by some larger entity and that the Model S was just vaporware, a means to that end, we probably would have gone with Neil had someone forced us to take sides. Of course, we can all learn a lesson here, which is that you don't bet against the guy who owns the casino.

Musk and Tesla clearly kept up their end of the bargain, so Neil's public mea culpa ran in Friday's Wall Street Journal. He states that he's made his $1,000 contribution to Doctors Without Borders, the penalty for the loss being far less than Musk's promised $1 million debit. Neil's pride is likely hurting more from the comeuppance than the cash outlay dented his savings account, but as he writes, "I lost, and happily so. As a proponent of electric mobility, I have said many times that I wanted to lose the bet... As a critic, I'll reserve judgment on the Model S until I get a chance to drive it."


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      Banf_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this car is a major leap forward. If they can maintain the consistency in all future products, I think tesla can really change the automotive industry. This might be the only EV i might consider buying. It doesn't look as stupid as those volts, leafs, and prius.
        Banf_1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Banf_1
        After seeing the first few reviews, I am completely blown away. This can be the Iphone/Ipod of the automotive industry. Just seeing how it is put together seems to make everything on the market look obselete and dinosaur-ish. A 300 mile range, no huge inter-connected drivetrain! Car of the Year for me hands down. If they can attain 300 miles now , in 10 years i wouldn't doubt 1000 if competition heats up
      Aaron C
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome I really hope tesla makes it, being as they are made just a few miles from me and so far have made some great cars!! I would love not to have to buy gas for my daily driver!
      • 2 Years Ago
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        mawhalen53
        • 2 Years Ago
        Poor troll 0/10
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 2 Years Ago
        I would also add... Car companies all have huge V8 motors for you. New Shelby, ZR1 Vette, 6.4 Hemi and Viper with 10 cylinder ALL NEW! This electric and hybrid thing is in it's infancy and fun to watch. I would love to get a car like this for daily driving but these companies, and the people paying big bucks for them, are working out the kinks for us. I expect petrol engine to be around for a long time still. I don't know if I can get through to you, or if you even came back, but it's worth a try.
        PR
        • 2 Years Ago
        Fags? Still pre-occupied with thinking about men having sex with men, eh daniel? The only folks who are pre-occupied with thinking about men having sex with men are gay men and gospel preachers, and I don't think you are a preacher by the way you talk..... Time to come out of the closet?
        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think if you would know that "fotze" means "*****" in german you would finally stop using this stupid pseudonym
      DAVID SCHNEIDER
      • 2 Years Ago
      IF US TAXPAYERS WOULD WRITE ME CHECKS I COULD BE MORE EFFICIENT ALSO
        Nathan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DAVID SCHNEIDER
        If you work for Defense contractors or any number of firms that provide products and or services to the government, then the US tax payer does write your check.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Held together with spitballs and duct tape.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        So far all the reviews say the car is exceptional. Do you have evidence other than your opinion? Here is just a few: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120625/carreviews/120629886 http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/alternative/1206_2012_tesla_model_s_first_drive/ Motor Trend: https://wot.motortrend.com/wide-open-throttle-drives-tesla-model-s-explores-tesla-factory-224955.html
      HayesData
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dan will be recording another episode of The Smoking Tire podcast with us tonight, we'll definitely be talking about this in a few hours.
      tankd0g
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buying a rushed first run of a model from Tesla, doe sit some with a back up car?
      P
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw the Model-S at their new store on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade and... G*d d*mn, it's simply gorgeous. Stunning interior and beautiful fit & finish too -- It's not slapped together at all. Between this and the Fisker (D*mn x 10), they might just persuade a lot of us to rethink our opinions of EV's and PHEV's. I know I am...
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dan Neil is a prat
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd be down only drive 4 miles a day on the higher end, and already have a pick up truck for hauling and whatever...if it'd hold 3 car seats and is upgrade able as far as range and battery are concerned, maybe. Then I could show a little smugness when I pull up to Prius driver in my hippie, faux do-gooder town
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      why that must be a lot of money for it to make news...
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