Posted on January 30, 2015 by Matt Pressman
On Instagram, user Brandon Kiehne caught a glimpse of what appears to be the soon-to-be production version of the Model X. Although, a quick spoiler alert, it appears to be a "test mule" vehicle which has heavy camoflage body paint and added body panels to obscure the real "look" of the design. This is common practice amongst automakers to protect against early leaks that could prematurely preview the vehicle design before the official launch. Therefore, it's very hard to tell what the final design iteration will look like at this point. Nevertheless, the photo is below.
The photo was taken in Alameda, CA on an air strip. And to add yet more intrigue, there is also a video that just surfaced which was shot from an adjacent runway by youtube user, Juan del Real.
Elon Musk recently tweeted that a new software update for the Tesla P85D will bring the 0-60 acceleration to 3.1 seconds (-0.1 from the previous 3.2 seconds). It's conceivable it may go even faster as Tesla has a history of "under promising" on these stats evidenced by a recent Motor Trend review in which the mag already got a 0-60 time of 3.1... this may mean, as rumored, we could see 0-60 times in under 3 seconds with future software upgrades. P85 acceleration will also improve, but no additional information has been given on that front.
As you may have noticed above, Musk also notes the P85D's spectacular all-wheel drive performance in snow and ice. He points to a remarkable video in which a P85D owner climbs a steep hill buried under snow and ice -- easily passing SUVs stranded and stuck on the side of the road. Check it out...
Tesla (TSLA) just announced that it will report its fourth quarter earnings, on February 11th at 5:30EST. Leading up to this timeframe, we'll be seeing a flood of analysts weigh in on Tesla's overall performance of late. One report caught our attention in particular thus far, it came from the folks at Credit Suisse. They've been conducting various auction and dealer checks and have concluded that, as reported in Bezinga, "2013 Model S's are achieving 90 percent of their original base price at auctions versus approximately 55 percent achieved by Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series sedans... the gap between Mercedes/BMW supports a view that Tesla vehicles will hold better value." Impressive.
Another big win came this week for Tesla Motors from Consumer Reports survey based on subscriber satisfaction with repairs on more than 121,000 vehicles—80,000 of which were repaired at franchised dealers and more than 41,000 at independent shops. Consumer Reports concluded that "independents outscored dealership service once again... [but] the one automaker that outscored the independent shops was the electric carmaker Tesla, which earned high praise for its on-time repairs, courtesy, price, quality, and overall satisfaction."
Of note, some of Tesla's direct competitors didn't fare so well according to Consumer Reports, "The biggest gripe was about the cost of parts and labor. Mercedes-Benz drivers, in particular, were much more satisfied with the price they paid at independent shops [versus Mercedes dealerships]. Also dinged for high prices were Jaguar dealerships as well as Mini dealerships that often share a service drive (and high prices) with an affiliated BMW dealership."