There are currently three Tesla vehicles on the road: the original Roadster and its later variations; the Model S sedan; and the Model X SUV.
If all goes according to plan, the mass-market Model 3 sedan will hit the streets in 2017. It could be as early as July.
As it turns out, I’ve driven all of Tesla’s cars, and I went for a brief ride in a prototype of the Model 3 earlier this year.
They each have their own cool features, but they all share numerous aspects — stuff that you get on each and every Tesla.
Here’s a breakdown:
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THE ROADSTER: Tesla's first car was a sexy little two-seater that redefined what an electric car could be. I drove the Roadster in 2010 (it was the Roadster Sport), and I sampled the car again in 2016.
COOLEST FEATURE: Acceleration! Electric cars are fast. The Roadster is fast -- The Sport posts 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds. There are faster Teslas, but in the Roadster, you really feel the speed.
SECOND COOLEST FEATURE: None! The Roadster was all about proving that a modern electric car didn't have to be a glorified golf cart. Other than that, the Lotus-derived design is a bare-bones sports car that doesn't even have power steering.
THE MODEL S: It was Tesla's first clean-sheet design, and it went from being code-named White Star to being Motor Trend's Car of the Year in 2013. I've driven it more than any other Tesla.
COOLEST FEATURE: The massive touchscreen. Tesla pushed the envelope here, placed nearly all vehicle controls and function in this huge control center. No one had ever seen anything like it before.
SECOND COOLEST FEATURE: I guess you could say 'Ludicrous Mode' speed, which on the high-performance P100D serves up 0-100km/h acceleration of 2.5 seconds. But I'm going with Autopilot, the self-driving technology that although controversial is the current state of the art, for vehicles you can actually buy.
THE MODEL X: We took a short spin around Manhattan in 2015 in Tesla's long-awaited crossover. It was extremely impressive -- well worth the wait.
COOLEST FEATURE: Without question, the upswinging 'falcon wing' doors. This vehicle is loaded with cool stuff, but like the touchscreen in the Model S, the X's doors have to been seen to be believed.
SECOND COOLEST FEATURE: Bioweapon Defence Mode! With the touch of the Model X's center touchscreen controls, you go from breathing normally filtered air to inhaling hospital-grade atmosphere. It's quite relaxing.
COOLEST FEATURE: The re-oriented touchscreen. The Model S's screen is in portrait mode, but the Model 3's could be in landscape. There's a chance that the production car will do away with traditional gauges and instruments.
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