Tesla Model 3 Release Candidate Captured In Burst-Mode Photos / Videos


Just a couple of weeks ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted the first video of a Model 3 “release candidate” on public roads.

The low-quality video didn’t provide us with a clear look at the 3 though, so it wasn’t easy to see the changes made to the electric Tesla from prototype to “release candidate.”

Now, there are two new videos (above and directly below) of what appears to be the same “release candidate” Model 3 out on public roads again.

Video might be a bit of a stretch here as what you’re actually watching is burst mode photos strung together to appear video-like.

Some takeaways from this latest video include that there are 10 Autopilot cameras on the car and that the headlights have an odd opaque appearance.

Teslarati believes that this may not be the same car shown by Musk due to poor panel gaps and the aforementioned foggy headlights. It’s not clear to us one way or the other if this is the same car shown by Musk though.

Perhaps your eagle eyes can spot some differences between the 3 above and the one below from Musk?

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16 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Release Candidate Captured In Burst-Mode Photos / Videos"

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Joshua Burstyn

Very nice, I like!

Mister G



(closest I can get to cheerleaders)


rear door handles black on the car in Elon’s video. Why


Prototype parts are often made of cheap materials to check for fit and function before production parts are built.

I would think that 3d printing is playing a huge role in this these days.

Many years ago I had a friend that was programming a milling machine to cut plastic engine parts (like intake manifolds) and then using them to create the molds for the aluminum parts.


Looks great. Going to be a stellar car. They have a bit more fit and finish issues than I thought they would have at this point. I hope they don’t need to remake their dies for that trunk lid. It is twisted a bit. But that kind of knowledge is above my pay grade. Also very disappointed in the trunk. Elon said a few days after the unveiling that they already fixed the trunk. But it sure looks exactly the same as it was.

Thanks for the video.


Looking at the photo with the brightness up, I can see that is isn’t twisted. It’s just a bad fit.


I wonder if the trunk opening is bigger than appears. Note the seam 1/3 up the pillar. I wonder if the trunk lifts from there. But then there is also the rear window glass coming down pretty far.


It is smaller than it appears. The opening at least. The real issue for me, is the depth of the opening. Audis and BMWs have small trunk openings, but they have a bit of depth, so you can fit bigger stuff in it. Those cars will also have a smaller interior, with less leg room. So not going to complain too much.


The beemer behind seems to belong to the M3.
Good that they take the compation seriously.


Most people would agree that the 3-series is the primary conquest for the Model 3.

Can’t wait for journalist comparos of the two.

Interesting that most people would not refer to the 3-Series as an affordable car though.


If that was actually a “release candidate” and not one of the older prototypes, shouldn’t there be LESS fit and finish issues?

George Bower


It’s only a candidate for release. The one they finally release won’t have the fit and finish issues:)


Tesla Stalking in the wild. Keep these vids comming


Point to point, autopilot, Model S:


Forget who, and someone was claiming Tesla was behind others in this tech.

Obviously the official release of autopilot is being held back for safety reasons.