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Old 04-18-2018, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tesla Model 3 aero details

Over the weekend, I stopped in at the Manhattan Tesla store where they had a Model 3 on display.



LED headlights, multiple-reflector type like Honda uses rather than projectors like the Prius Prime, Acuras, etc.:



Adjustable shutters in the lower grill:



The front wheel air curtains have a large, visible inlet, similar to the new Chevrolet Silverado:



Rear diffuser:



There's a strake on either side just inboard of the rear wheels:



The front wheel air dams are small and more rounded than other manufacturers':



It looks like it should have been a hatchback:



The trunk was quite large, but the opening is on the small side.



I quite like the interior; it's simple and clean.



My brother put a deposit down the day they became available and should have his car later this year.

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Old 04-18-2018, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Model 3 is the lowest Cd (or is tied for the lowest Cd) of any car sold today. And the detail not shown on that car, is the aero wheels:

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The Model S had an aero wheel option as well, which made a significant improvement on highway efficiency.

Tesla ended up cancelling the option because hardly anyone wanted it.

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I just saw my first model 3 a few days ago.

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The Model S had an aero wheel option as well, which made a significant improvement on highway efficiency.

Tesla ended up cancelling the option because hardly anyone wanted it.

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Cool to hear about aero wheels making a difference. I wonder if Tesla is ever going to go the tall and thin wheel route like the BMW i3.

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The Model S had an aero wheel option as well, which made a significant improvement on highway efficiency.

Tesla ended up cancelling the option because hardly anyone wanted it.

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The aero wheels are standard on the Model 3, so you have to pay extra to lose range.

Narrow wheels would be a bridge too far on a Tesla, I think. They have way too much performance to work well with narrow tires. I think the stock Michelin tires are low rolling resistance.
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I think most city slickers aren’t too worried about range... Tesla seems to have what’s needed and why my neighbor saved up for it.
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The aero wheels are standard on the Model 3, so you have to pay extra to lose range.
Wonderful!

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