Just because he said it was a smaller more affordable version of the Model S doesn't mean it has the same parts in it.
Model 3 was designed from scratch using the KNOWLEDGE they gained from making Model S along with cost reductions by simplifying the whole car and going to big economies of scale. It's still going to be a Tesla with the same kind of driving DNA, just cheaper.
A BMW 3 series is not exactly a 7 Series but it still drives great, has nice features etc... Just less of them.
The internet is blowing up right now. People are saying definitely no HUD. Now Elon confirms no dual motor for 6-9 months. Personally, I am feeling pretty good about being later in line for my car and on the east coast. It will be interesting what they offer down the road a bit.
A lot of what my source told me seems to be true. I was told initial cars will be simpler configs so they can ramp up as fast as possible to work out the production bugs and introduce more optioned cars later.
I know this is contrary to what Elon said in the past during a financial call but I'm sure they decided to change their usual tactic given the backlog and desires to get things going ASAP.
These tweets (along with the discontinuation of the 60/60D) may have given me the final push to pull the trigger on an S now, rather than wait for the 3. I want all the tech-y bells and whistles - sounds like the 3 will have less. I want dual motor, but don't want to wait until next year - my 2011 LEAF battery might be to degraded to make it to work and back by then .
Might my reaction be what they're hoping for? I see a lot of newer 60's out there - not a lot of 75's. I don't buy the explanation for cutting out the 60 option. I mean, c'mon, $6500 for another 30 miles of range?
Sure to put some people off but the first huge chunk will go to employees anyway. I'm more excited they're sticking to making it a simpler car so they can make a lot of them and get the show on the road.
This change in strategy from providing a more "basic" 3 vs "dual-motor" performance Ludicrous 3s is a way to fine tune the differences between the 3 and S lines as well.
Those that crave speed will have to pony up for the more expensive S and those that are really looking for affordability can get their cars delivered and be more likely eligible for the $7,500 US Federal rebate (while it still exists for Tesla customers.)
It's a good sign of Tesla learning from pissing off their top spenders by continually releasing better and better top of the line cars.
I remember the "bit%&*ng and moaning" when the P85+ was released soon after folks bought P85s... (and the rest of the following top-end Teslas...)
Yeah, this is what I'm thinking. I think I'd prefer to qualify for the rebate. I thought I was going to have to buy the top-end model in order to do so. If I can do so by purchasing a less-expensive version of the car, I'll consider that a bonus.