Tesla Model X First Delivery Ceremony: New Levels Of Luxury And Performance – Watch

SEP 30 2015 BY JAY COLE 132

Not too far from Tesla’s Fremont assembly plant that has been building the Model S for some time now, the company has officially launched it’s all-electric SUV – the Model X.

Specifically, Tesla introduced the EV from a newly leased, 502,000 square foot facility just down the road,  that was previously occupied by Solyndra.

Note: At top you can find the livestream feed (and replay) in its entirety from the event

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Takes To The Stage To Launch The Model X On Tuesday!

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Takes To The Stage To Launch The Model X On Tuesday!

The Model X presentation was a little slow in starting (about 45 minutes late at 8:45 Pacific), but did deliver on expectations before it was over.

Eventually, the Tesla CEO kick off the program on the main stage, along with a new production Model S.  Ultimately, Mr. Musk would lead the entire program.

During the event the Tesla CEO also gave away the keys to the first 6 Model X EVs, well, 5 if you don’t count VIN #001 to himself.  Board member Steve Juvertson (who already owns Model S #001), was recipient of X #002.

Mr. Musk kicked off the presentation with some statements how the Model X is now the safest utility vehicle on the road, thanks mostly to the Tesla’s low center of gravity, and reinforcing strength of the battery during testing.

Tesla Model X - Complete With New Nosecone

Tesla Model X – Complete With New Nosecone

He also took time to re-state Tesla’s mission:

“The mission of Tesla is to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport.  As you guys know, it is incredibly important that we move to a sustainable world, sooner rather than later.  The sooner we do it, the better it is.  It is important to show that any type of car can go electric.”

Tesla Model X Side Impact Intrusion Vs "Next Best" SUV

Tesla Model X Side Impact Intrusion Vs “Next Best” SUV

After a safety primer, Mr. Musk moves to the filtration system in the X, which provides an unprecedented amount of protection from the outside elements – like for instance a high emission emitting diesel vehicle?  The VW diesel emission scandal of late featured prominently in the presentation.

“The third thing (to point out on the Model X), which is sort of topical, is air safety.  Now, we designed the car well before recent events (snickers), so it just happens that recent events have illustrated air safety.  And we have with the Model X, the first true Hepa filter in a car.”

Why do you need a serious filter system, Tesla put up the following slide (below) indicating the “least bad thing” that would happen if you lived in the following cities:

Tesla CEO Points Out What Happens (At Minimum) To Life Expectancy In Selected Cities In The World

Tesla CEO Points Out What Happens (At Minimum) To Life Expectancy In Selected Cities In The World

Three Filters Of The Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X Filter Comparison

CEO Musk Shows "Regular" Car Filter, While Holding Model X Primary (and secondary) Filter On Stage

CEO Musk Shows “Regular” Car Filter, While Holding Model X Primary (and secondary) Filter On Stage

Tesla says the Model X filtration capability can be up to 800 times better “on a bad day” in certain situations that some of today’s vehicles.

We do have to note, there was no mention of the frequency of maintenance needed on this system to continue to operate at such a high level, or the costs associated with it.  We suspect this level of medical-grade (“hospital operating room”) cleanliness doesn’t come cheap.

Tesla Model S Filtration Capabilities

Tesla Model S Filtration Capabilities

The Tesla Model X has two typical modes of vent filtration, and one not-so-typical:

“In fact, when the car is operating at maximum capability, so if you press ‘max’ capability, we can’t even detect any viruses or bacteria or spores, so it’s like zero come through.  So, if there is ever, sort of an apocalyptic scenario of some kind, hypothetically you just press the ‘bio defense mode button’  – this is a real button. (snickers) …yeah, we are trying to be a leader in apocalyptic defence scenarios”

Tesla "Bio Defense Mode" Button. The CEO Loves His Fancy Buttons! (We do too)

Tesla “Bio Defense Mode” Button. The CEO Loves His Fancy Buttons! (We do too)

From there, the CEO moved onto the much anticipated live demonstration of the door system.  First, the unique front door system, then the much anticipated Falcon Wing doors.

Touch The Outside Of My Car? You Have To Be Kidding Me

Touch The Outside Of My Car? You Have To Be Kidding Me

For the front doors, they are unexpectedly “auto presenting”:

“So, what it will do, it will triangulate my position.  And detect that I am moving towards the front door.  It will open the front door, without me touching anything.  I will sit down.  And it will close the door – like an invisible chauffeur.”

And as most reasonable people would have expected in regards to the Falcon Wing doors, they worked flawlessly; with no added fiddling or prodding necessary.  The finish and alignment (at least during the presentation) seemed perfect as well.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Demonstrates Falcon Doors

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Demonstrates Falcon Doors

As to the functionality of the Falcon Wing doors, Tesla rolled out a couple minivans, parking them within a few inches of the Model X before activating the doors.  The CEO states the solution for easy entry in tight situations was “the best out there”.

Step 1: Squeeze Model X Into A Tight Spot

Step 1: Squeeze Model X Into A Tight Spot

Step 2: Use Falcon Doors

Step 2: Use Falcon Doors

Step 3: Get Out

Step 3: Get Out

After demonstrating the advantages to the Falcon Wing door when it comes to access, the CEO also touted the power sliding abilities of the 2nd row, and how easy it was to enter and exit into the third row behind them.

Model X - Easy Access

Model X – Easy Access

...and we are in

…and we are in

As for towing, we already know that the Model X is rated to pull 5,000 lbs, but watching a black Model X pull out a shiny new airstream and a pile of humanity, all on electricity is still pretty impressive.

Model X Hits The Stage With A Airstream, A Bunch Of Passengers And Some Luggage

Model X Hits The Stage With A Airstream, A Bunch Of Passengers And Some Luggage

Tesla Model X 90D Specs

Tesla Model X 90D Specs

As a point of interest, we reported a few days ago that the EPA range data on the Model X has already been released – at least in regards to the 90D and P90D variations.

Specifically that the 90d Model X is rated at 257 miles, a combination of 252.4 miles of range in the city, and 262.7 miles on the highway, whereas the high performance P90D Model X comes in with a range of 250 miles – 247.3 miles in the city and 252.7 on the highway.

The Model X P90D weighs in at 5,441 lbs, so it isn’t all that light – but that was to be expected with 90 kWh of battery on board.

During the presentation, no mention of any other trim levels were brought up (70D?), but the CEO did mention that the 70D had “quite high performance” and would be capable of hitting 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds, while the P90D would take just 3.2 seconds.

“The P90D ludicrous mode.  I mean this goes so fast, it is wrong…this is an SUV, and it will do zero to sixty in 3.2 seconds.”

Tesla Model X P90D (w/ludicrous option) Specs

Tesla Model X P90D (w/ludicrous option) Specs

Tesla Model X Expanded Specs

Tesla Model X Expanded Specs

We didn’t get a good look at the frunk in the presentation, but here is an earlier picture of the huge storage bin on the front of Model X from earlier!

Tesla Model X Frunk Screencap (via DR TV)

Tesla Model X Frunk Screencap (via DR TV)

Before wrapping up the event, Musk gave away the keys to six new Model X Founder Edition SUVs (technically 5, as VIN #001 went to himself).

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Hands Over First Set Of Model X Keys In Fremont On September 29th, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Hands Over First Set Of Model X Keys In Fremont On September 29th, 2015

Tesla Model X VIN #001 - Belonging To Elon Musk (Note: In Black)

Tesla Model X VIN #001 – Belonging To Elon Musk (Note: In Black)

And that’s the event!

"Thanks! Have A Good Night!"

“Thanks! Have A Good Night!”

So by the end of the presentation, we were still left with more than a few unanswered questions.  What of a 70D Model X?  Pricing on the non-Signature/regular editions?  Release date for ‘average’ customer’s to configure their own Model X? etc., etc.

Over the time of the event we did learn that Mr. Musk said new orders today will be delivered in 8- 12 months, and that the company had 20,000-25,000 live pre-orders on the books to work through.

But we suspect all those questions will be answered very shortly, away from the ceremony itself.


Full Tesla Press Release on Model X at launch:

Tesla Architecture

Built electric from the ground up, Model X is designed to be the safest car on the road. Our crash tests indicate that Model X will receive a 5 star safety rating in all categories, the first SUV to ever do so.

Not needing a big gasoline engine under the hood, Model X has a large crumple zone to absorb the energy of a high-speed impact. The battery’s location on the floor gives Model X an extremely low center of gravity, reducing the risk of rollover common in most SUVs. Aluminum pillars reinforced with steel rails protect occupants and the battery while improving roof stiffness.

Active Safety

Model X comes standard with automatic emergency braking and side collision avoidance to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Tesla makes the only standard AEB system that works at high speed.

Every Model X carries a forward-looking camera, radar, and 360 degree sonar sensors to enable advanced autopilot features. Tesla’s over-the-air software updates regularly improve the sophistication of these features, enabling increasingly capable safety and convenience features like Autosteer and Autopark, and bringing the Model X ever closer to autonomous operation.

Breathe Easy

Model X is the world’s cleanest SUV on the inside, too. The front fascia is designed with a functional duct that pushes air through the first true HEPA filter system available in an automobile allowing medical-grade air to fill the cabin, no matter what is going on outside.

Inside Model X

Model X Falcon Wing doors offer unprecedented convenience, entry, and maneuverability for everyday life. They provide seamless ingress and egress into the second and third row. No longer do parents have to cantilever themselves to avoid hitting their child’s head on the roof as they place them in a car seat.

The double-hinged Falcon Wing doors open up then out, requiring only 30 cm of space on the side of the vehicle. Each door is equipped with capacitive, inductive, and sonar sensors to monitor surroundings and avoid contact with obstacles around the car, making it possible to park in tight spots.

The industry’s first auto presenting door automatically opens and closes as the driver approaches or exits Model X. Why should the driver ever need to touch the door?

Monopost seats move independently, sliding and tilting forward and back. They allow passengers easy access to the third row and give them plenty of foot room when they sit down.


The windshield in Model X stretches up and over the front seat occupants. Second row passengers get a first row vantage point with an expansive view ahead, atop the falcon wing door, and beside them. The windshield’s solar tint transition completes the modern and open feel.


Seventeen precisely positioned speakers bring concern hall like sound inside Model X.


The 17″ center touchscreen seamlessly integrates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data into one intuitive interface. Many functions are mirrored on the instrument panel and are voice-activated to focus the driver’s attention on the road.

Whether big or little, there’s a place to store it in Model X. Side pockets, a center console and a blind holster for your iPhone.

Fit everything

Model X provides unprecedented space for passengers and cargo. With three rows of seats, a front and rear trunk, and room under the second row seats, there’s ample room for people, luggage, and big things like surf boards and bikes. For even heavier cargo, Model X is the first electric vehicle with a 5,000 lb. tow capacity.


Agility and Speed

At the heart of the vehicle is Tesla’s proven electric powertrain, accelerating Model X from 0-60 in a staggering 3.2 seconds and hitting a top speed of 155 mph, all while producing zero emissions.

Designed with Tesla’s electric vehicle architecture, Model X’s floor-mounted battery gives the vehicle a low center of gravity and ideal weight distribution for exhilarating performance and superior handling.


At 0.24, Model X has the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV in history.

Model X comes standard with an active spoiler that automatically adjusts to three positions for maximum visibility and efficiency. Under 45 mph, the spoiler is positioned so the driver can see above and below it. At higher speeds the spoiler partially retracts for improved highway efficiency (+1.6%), and optimizes the vehicle’s lift distribution. Model X is the only car with an active spoiler equipped with a center-high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL).

All-wheel drive

Dual motors digitally and independently control torque to the front and rear wheels to give Model X unparalleled control of traction while increasing performance and efficiency.

Signature Model X comes with a 90 kWh battery providing customers a driving range of 250 miles on a single charge.

By the numbers

Range 250 miles for P90D
Top Speed 155 miles per hour
Zero-60 3.2 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
3.8 seconds for P90D
Quarter Mile 11.7 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
12.2 seconds for P90D
Motor Power 259 hp front, 503 hp rear
Motor Torque 713 lb-ft combined
244 lb-ft/330 Nm front
479 lb-ft/600 Nm rear
US MPGe 89 MPGe for P90D
Weight 5,441 lbs.
Drag Coefficient 0.24

The Verge already has a first drive “in the bag”/embargoed before the launch completed, which you can watch now!

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132 Comments on "Tesla Model X First Delivery Ceremony: New Levels Of Luxury And Performance – Watch"

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Hmmm. Even the webcast is delayed… 😉

That seems par for the course.

That thar is funny.

Should the “information by numbers” be in Metric as well as you are trying to sell to the world market not only the USA.

The cone is gone!!!!!

Yes! +100



Yep, they went from the teeth guard of a boxer (Model S) to a storm trooper (Model X).

They should have hired a local band to play or something in case of delays

WTF, no lavish intro, they just rolled the Model X onto the stage mid-sentence? Did the livestream hiccup or did they really just mis-time that?

Watching Elon present is painful. I really wish Tesla would get a good communications director.

I agree. I’m surprised his poor speaking ability gets so few comments.

Yeah. If you ever watched George Blankenship do a Tesla presentation it is 100x smoother. I love Elon as a visionary and a person who executes, but a great communicator he is not. Elon is like Woz technically, and Jobs as a visionary, but not Jobs as a communicator.

Blankenship seemed so phony and insincere like most salesmen. Id rather watch the red Tesla logo than Blankenship.

I guess we can agree to disagree. My wife and I both cringe at the awkwardness of Elon’s presentations, but enjoyed the ones we’ve seen by George and Franz V.. Even JB is smoother than Elon.

Completely disagree. Id rather watch Elon with all his faults talking like a real person than some corporate communications robot with fake emotions.

Indeed! Enthusiasm and detailed knowledge makes for a much more interesting presentation than a professional speaker who’s just reading a script.


True! He is being himself and that is enjoyable. Fake smiles and a model reading a teleprompter is better???


Well, the product speaks for itself so he doesn’t have to do much. At least he’s not one of those over-enthusiastic sales types, that really gets on my nerve.

Ugh. One of the things I hate the most about most car makers are the two-times too slick corporate marketing d-bags who sleaze up their presentations.

I’d rather have an awkward presentation any day of the week, over a sleazy marketing presentation that is over-produced with every sentence test marketed to study groups.

No thanks.

If you plan to sell cars in millions, you better do that. Most car companies are not targeting nerds of the Silicon valley 9 yet). The shorter the skirt, the better 🙂

Smarter people are more concerned with what the vehicle will do, not what scantily clad hood ornaments you drape across it.

What does that say about you?

I disagree. I watched the whole thing and enjoyed it. Personally, I think it seems more genuine. I don’t think you have to be a smooth speaker to make an effective presentation.

The Powerwall presentation seemed to go over very well. I think this will too.

there is an interesting article about elon musk in the latest edition of technology review. it portrays musk as being a person who likes to hog the limelight, so in order to work with him, you have to be willing the work in the shadows. so you won’t see PR persons or a CTO speaking for tesla because musk wants to be the public face of tesla. musk has never been a technical details person, when the venture capitalists invested in his ideas, they weren’t attracted by his technical knowledge (btw, when musk was attending stanford briefly, he was there to study economics) but by his drive.

so don’t count on seeing a tesla communications director as long as elon musk is running the show.

By the way the Tesla X qualified for the Hummer loop hole tax incentive of $25K. A few are applying in CA and if it flys others will also go for it.

So glad that you can use the system to get an EV, instead of a filthy Hummer. 😀


Boy, if this pans out, might be a good time to buy, once they get done with the signature series roll-outs..

Per Fortune magazine, the curb weight is 5,441 pounds. If the difference between curb weight and GVWR on the Model S is about 1,100 lbs, that would put the Model X at over 6,500 lbs.


This is very doubtful. Chevy Tahoe has gross weight of 7100 lbs. Ever heard of anyone claiming $25000 for those?

Weights and Capacities
GROSS WEIGHT 7100 lbs.
CURB WEIGHT 5308 lbs.

2 seconds on any search engine produces tons of dealers and 179 websites showing the Tahoe is indeed eligible.

Including GM’s official fleet business sales site:
“We take pride in giving you the best value on the new GM vehicles your business
depends on. With the 2015 tax incentives, you could be eligible for up to a total of $25,000 in tax deductions when you purchase qualifying GM vehicles for your business before 12/31/15”

GM New Vehicle Deduction Eligibility
Up to $25,000 total deduction per vehicle
Chevy Tahoe


Geez, I thought you were a better troll than that, See Through. I’m disappointed at how poorly you trolled in your post. I mean, 2 seconds on a search engine to counter your trolling? really? You couldn’t do better?

Why spend any time looking up facts when it’s so much easier to spew forth FUD?

Geez, Tesla trolls! Good find, but you didn’t bother to use your newly learnt googling skill to go to the source on IRS site to see what Section 179 means. It’s a business deduction. The vehicle needs to be used for business. As I understand it, it’s a $25,000 annual cap on the depreciation you can claim on these business use SUVs. You can depreciate any car if you use it for business. If you want to buy a more expensive and heavier car for your business so you can “depreciate” it faster, then feel free to do so. http://www.irs.gov/publications/p946/ch02.html “Sport Utility and Certain Other Vehicles You cannot elect to expense more than $25,000 of the cost of any heavy sport utility vehicle (SUV) and certain other vehicles placed in service during the tax year. This rule applies to any 4-wheeled vehicle primarily designed or used to carry passengers over public streets, roads, or highways, that is rated at more than 6,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and not more than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. However, the $25,000 limit does not apply to any vehicle: – Designed to seat more than nine passengers behind the driver’s seat, – Equipped with… Read more »

Why are you even here, you have to know by now you won’t change any minds.

I know, you’re really Bob Lutz.

1) Details?
2) It would be nice to see some balance for all the Hummer POLLUTION.

Well, the final version looks better than the mules that have been photographed the last couple of months.

That wasn’t actually a surprise, was it? No way was Tesla gonna release a car that didn’t look good. Far better to delay it another month or two than to release a car which would get bad reviews because the falcon wing doors were misaligned, especially when you intend to draw attention to those very doors!

Not to be insulting, but those who thought otherwise weren’t being sensible.

Nobody was claiming that a hand washed, hand assembled car with zero miles on it was going to have problematic doors, and not look good. It has zero miles on it! The question is what happens after one acquires 10,000 miles. And that is why it’s surprising that the mule doors are misaligned. These doors need real world testing and every mule out in public should have been testing the final version.


“And that is why it’s surprising that the mule doors are misaligned. These doors need real world testing and every mule out in public should have been testing the final version.”

I don’t agree at all. It makes no sense to use every mule to test the falcon wing doors, or any other one specific thing. It makes sense to assign different tasks, different specific things to be tested, to different mules. If every mule had to be updated each time they made a tweak to the doors, then Tesla would have had to continually send those cars back to the shop for a refit, instead of sending them out on test drives.

What?? You mean that mules that car makers cover with silly wraps to hide them, aren’t the same as the ones that go into production?!?!?!

Say it isn’t so!


Pretty impressive presentation.

beautiful,humble-but proud presentation!!!!Much better than TD,”softwares…”Good luck,success US,California!!!!

I’ve just thought of a major problem with the Falcon Wing doors.

If you park that close to other none Tesla SUVs you’re going to get some nasty door dings!

For their next trick Tesla need to install a force field generator, that’ll do the trick…

The most obvious problem in my opinion is how does the driver get into/out of the car if it is parked so close next to other cars?

I thought of that, too. It’s nice that you can get in and out of the back of the car in such a tight space, but that doesn’t get you into the driver’s seat. I guess if you’re young or athletic you can climb from the back to the front over the center console between the two front seats, but that’s hardly the “easy access” which Elon kept emphasizing.

I think the point is that lots of folks have been saying that these doors would get in the way of getting out. As if a set of regular doors would be better.

But now people are complaining that the regular front doors are the ones you can’t get out of…

It is a false meme crusher. That meme has now officially been crushed.


It’s going to be painful sitting in the car, watching those silly doors open so slowly. It took like a whole minute. Another grandly stupid idea.

Gosh yes, the falcon wing doors take about as long to open as it takes for motors to open the sliding doors on our Chrysler Town & Country minivan. Of course, nobody would buy any such vehicle, isn’t that right, troll?


Click the remote to open the doors while you are still 20 feet away, they will be open long before you get there.

What? Never heard of this thing called a “car remote”?

Troll on, troll

That is true with any car though if you are blocked on both sides. Often you’re just blocked on one and if you look for curb spaces (I tend to do that anyway) you can minimize the chance of being blocked on both. At least you still have a way out the middle row with this or a minivan, where you don’t with an SUV unless you climb out the back.

the issue that you raise is trivial, if you’re the driver, common sense says that you park where you can open the door and get out. the bigger issue is that you don’t need a lot of clearance to open the falcon wing doors. compare that with the bmw i8 where you need 1 meter of clearance to open the doors.

Very good point! These doors are for demonstration purposes only. Not to mention, to wait a few minutes for the damn doors to open. And the myriad issues with a malfunctioning door if there is any electrical issue.

Your ceaseless negativity and irrational exaggeration regarding the doors is noted.

The solution is simple: stay in your mom’s basement and don’t buy a Model X with the inheritance.


Omg the height adjusting transformer doors blew my mind. And I have squeezed past a van side door a few times knowing the value of the solution found. Loving it!

Yeah, I once found myself in the exact situation they demonstrated: The sliding door on our minivan was open, there was a car right next to it, and I couldn’t squeeze past. I had to push the door shut to get by, then re-open it to enter our van.

Yeah, the falcon wing doors are very nice indeed, and I think they will attract a lot of very positive attention to the Model X.

But whether these more complicated doors will continue to work properly over months and years… that’s a question that we won’t be able to answer for awhile. For Tesla’s sake, I hope they prove to be as problem-free as the Voltec’s complex gearing!

Well, I imagine those who hate the Model S nosecone will like the MX’s nose better. Personally, I prefer the MS nosecone.

Sadly, no word about any other type of 2nd row seats, so who knows if the non-premium seats will fold or be removable to free up all the storage space behind the front seats?

I was impressed by the ability of the falcon wing doors to open in a tight space. Good job there, Tesla engineers! But reliability of the complex operation over time is a question that only the future can answer.

I agree, long term performance is a big question mark. Apparently there is a water leakage problem with the model S according to KmanAuto on Youtube. If the falcon wing doors start to leak after a year or so it could becoma a serious problem for Tesla.

Another doomsayer…

Probably the same troll, different username.

First I’ve heard of any water leakage problem. The problem is with a door seal, I take it? Hopefully it’s not a common problem endemic to the Model S.

KmanAuto’s Model S leaks more water than a Toyota Mirai! Once again, Tesla beats Toyota. 😉

+1! Another accolade for Tesla!


ET HIS was fixed long ago. In the clip from 2013 the guy insists it’s the best car ever driven in his life. GO TESLA!

Don’t forget the newly developped see-through-metal sensors…
Did I just write “see through”?!?

Yes, the “see through metal” sensors are an impressive achievement, assuming they do work as claimed.

They probably won’t work with garages made out of styrofoam. 😉

10:58pm…ooh, ooh, I don’t want to miss it..let’s check the web…still excited. 11:14… twiddling thumbs…11:30….yawn….11:48 Tesla site starts making noise. Hey, a different nose is my first thought. Certainly looks nice for an SUV capable of so much.

That’s odd, my computer’s clock said 10:54 (8:54 Pacific time) when the livestream presentation actually started.

I should have known better all the usual HATERS will not vanish even with the best of SUVs ever presented.

We will have to bear you until 2018 and beyond with your eternal complaints about hypothetical delays and flaws and anything negative that you can make up.

As a tall guy(6’3) id be a little worried about smacking my head on the falcon doors when there up. I’m also not sold on the no grill nose cone, kinda reminds me of a corvair.

Other than that its pretty impressive. Tow 5000lbs, haul 7 people, sports car acceleration, top safety ratings and its zero emission. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Entering the second row from a curb/sidewalk brings the falcon-wing doors 4 to 10 inches closer to ones head. The crown in the street will also lowers the door edge an inch or more.

I was iffy on the new nose too until I saw it in colors other than white. It looks damn nice in darker colors.

So You worry about doors that are ABOVE car top line… but not about normal doors frame that is much closer to Your head?

This arrangement is clear improvement for anyone entering/exiting car through that door. Period.

It’s not over 6k pounds …doesn’t qualify for tax loophole

Then Tesla needs to add an option for an (easily removable) lead weights package. 😉

Not lead weights, “removable auxiliary battery modules”.

You are conflating curb weight and GVWR, which are two different things.

“The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the amount recommended by the manufacturer as the upper limit to the operational weight for a motor vehicle and any cargo (human or other) to be carried.”

Congrats to Tesla for eliminating most of the nosecone.

Looks more like the nose of a cat. Makes the face of the vehicle look more sleek, modern and clean, without pretending to be an ICE. But the Branding is still there. Pretty bold design move, guys. 🙂

looks like the front end is missing something

Yes it is. I like how Saleen got rid of the nosecone. Not liking what they did here with the X…:(

Yeah, a grill for the radiator for the ICE, that isn’t there. Now to eliminate the centries-old, regulation-required, side view mirrors.

It feels like they took it off later in the design phase, and didn’t resculpt the front, since the later mules still had them.

I did like what Saleen did with the S. Very much. Using a lower front edge as the “nose”, with cleaner curves made it look much more sporty. But yeah, it does feel like something is missing even though it’s also very distinctive. To me, the X’s frontal view looks like a grinning cat . Cats are cool. :). Which is an improvement when compaired to other carp-like EVs. And I hate carp. 😉

I’m thinking this front is likely a transitional compromise between the current S and the upcomming Model S refresh, where it will likely look more Porsche-like.

Koenigsegg said:

“looks like the front end is missing something”

Yeah. When I first saw the front of the car, I thought they had the nose covered up, and were gonna do a big “reveal” by removing the cover. It took me a minute or so to realize what I thought was a “cover” was part of the body.

But we already know that lots of people prefer this to the Model S nosecone, even if I personally don’t.

Looks like a Viper.

I can honestly say, after (mumbledy-mumble) YEARS of auto introductions, I’ve never seen a man so excited about his new car.. I seriously thought he was gonna cry at a couple points (the windshield) in that he loves it so much and Cannot convey what a Change it is to a customer’s comfort and perceptions of what a car can be..
With so many naysayers, I kinda’ Dread what some in the press will do and say in the coming days, Tucker comes to mind -sigh-.

So does anyone know the GVWR?
If over 6000lbs it’s loopholeable!

Signature Model X comes with a 90 kWh battery providing customers a driving range of 250 miles on a single charge.

By the numbers

Range 250 miles for P90D
Top Speed 155 miles per hour
Zero-60 3.2 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
3.8 seconds for P90D
Quarter Mile 11.7 seconds for Ludicrous P90D
12.2 seconds for P90D
Motor Power 259 hp front, 503 hp rear
Motor Torque 713 lb-ft combined
244 lb-ft/330 Nm front
479 lb-ft/600 Nm rear
US MPGe 89 MPGe for P90D
Weight 5,441 lbs.
Drag Coefficient 0.24

.. from the Press release

Doesn’t list GVWR, only curb weight.

“The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the amount recommended by the manufacturer as the upper limit to the operational weight for a motor vehicle and any cargo (human or other) to be carried.”

But let’s do a little math just for fun.

6000 lb GVWR minus a curb weight of 5,441 lbs
= 559 lbs. Divide that by 5 passengers, and that leaves just 112 lbs per passenger.

Would any car maker build a car that could only carry a family of 5 if and only if they all weighed an average of less than 112 lbs?

I’m pretty sure it will be GVWR over 6000 lbs.

Liking the nose. Yes, bold, and functional. This is an evolving design cue, that belongs on a Tesla, IMO.

I’ll have to come to trust the door sensors. Congrats, to Tesla for almost halving the rollover risk. No way the 90D stays 1.6 seconds in back of the P90D’s 3.2. Expect an update, or better performance out the door.

I’m wondering if that front-end is only available to some limited series of the X, or if it’s part of the final general design.

My guess is that will be the standard design for the Model X. Tesla didn’t offer any other option for the Model S, not even alternative colors of the plastic nosecone, so alternative noses for the Model X seem unlikely.

We can be sure several high-end auto aftermarket companies will offer nosecone modifications for the Model X, just as they have for the MS.

Congrats to the Teslans…Another great car… keep evolving… improving… next up… Model III… Future’s so bright… gotta wear a tinted roof…

Now that the wait is over, all the drama about delays for the Model X all accounted to nothing.

No massive disaster.

No financial downfall.

No impact at all on 99.9999999999999% of the US population. All that drama over a few thousand folks having to wait a little bit longer for something to drive.

In the end, not at all worth all the endless whining posts about delays.

Much like all the endless complaining about delays at the beginning of this blog over a delay in a broadcast, as if the delay would have any real impact on anybody’s lives.


I don’t recall whining about this model’s delays.

In general though, it is a disappointment when a plug-in is delayed regardless of if it is a Tesla, gen II Volt nationwide availability, Outlander PHEV U.S. availability, ect.

Then of course, you have the people that just want to short the stock.

Don’t forget the bogus commenters paid by Big Car and Big Oil, whining about everything from the nose cone to the absence of nose cone.
This car is quite nice!


Don’t think so. Can easily see certain automotive and fossil fuel CEOs very unhappy that this vehicle is now in production…

The blind holster feature for cell phones sounds brilliant if it works as advertised.

I liked the demo of the doors!

I was skeptical they’d work as well as a minivan in this exact situation, even after seeing the clip a week or so ago with the test car opening the doors in the parking lot. Seeing it in action parked in a tight spot was key though.

The disadvantage of the minivan’s side clearance with it open like they showed doesn’t seem that big to me, because if you are actually in that situation you can approach from the front or wait a couple seconds to open it until you are at the driver’s pillar.

Lot of talk about nose cones. I could care less.

I’m interested more in cargo and passenger utility. I’m eager to see when the local store gets one to see first hand how the 2nd and third row seat space look, and the cargo area in back.

Did anyone else see that in the “low clearance opening demo” the falcon doors appeared to actually touch and move the garage door above ever so slightly?

Still not sold on the doors, but then again, I’m not in the target demographic.

Yeah ok, I’d like to know the range in miles at a 90% charge when towing a 5,000 pound load and 7 passengers with all that luggage. ??? Not to mention how the heck to back into the supercharger with a trailer? Not gonna wanna unhook that every single charger stop, but I don’t see any other way.

Huffster said:

“…how the heck to back into the supercharger with a trailer? Not gonna wanna unhook that every single charger stop, but I don’t see any other way.”

Obviously there will be many situations where it will be necessary to unhook and park the trailer to use a Supercharger. Yeah, that’s gonna be an inconvenience. But as anyone who’s ever pulled a trailer on a long trip knows, inconveniences are just something you have to put up with.

However, there are at least a few Supercharger stations which have a “pull through” setup, so you wouldn’t have to unhook. Also, as I’ve suggested elsewhere, perhaps some aftermarket supplier will make a Supercharger “extension cord” to allow charging with the Model S pulled into a stall head-first. There certainly are Supercharger locations where there is sufficient room between the Supercharger stalls and the rest of the parking lot to have the Model X + trailer parked there without blocking traffic. Obviously not all of them.

Now that is one seXy mama…

X is awesome, the end of gasoline Premium SUV.

Did anyone notice in the video that the car was able to engage the drive mechanism before the Falcon Wing doors fully closed.
I would think if they are not restricting the drive speed to 2-3 MPH while those fully haven’t closed, there will be a ton of cars tearing up the mechanism for the doors while they are in this vulnerable state.

Did you watch the full presentation???

The doors do not swing wide like a Gull Wing. There are also sensors embedded into the doors, and around the sides of the vehicle.

So tired of fantasy doom scenarios with the X.

Haven’t you entertained the fantasy doom scenarios with FCEV?

Not at all. Did you know that one of the reasons we never got a replacement next generation space shuttle, was because of tank delamination from the hydrogen they were supposed to contain?

Toyota will have lots of fun dealing with the press when the first 10,000 psi tank in a Mirai has an unscheduled disassembly.

Matt Auer said:

“Did anyone notice in the video that the car was able to engage the drive mechanism before the Falcon Wing doors fully closed.
I would think if they are not restricting the drive speed to 2-3 MPH while those fully haven’t closed, there will be a ton of cars tearing up the mechanism for the doors while they are in this vulnerable state.”

I don’t think there is a car made in which you can’t drive off with a door open. That includes the sliding doors and the hatchback “door” on our minivan.

Obviously that doesn’t prevent anyone from buying such cars, nor have we managed to rip either a door or the rear hatch “door” off our minivan yet.

Sorry to disappoint you. :/

Will you put the Model X on the Monthly Plugin Scorecard now?

Does this count as 6 sales for September?

I guess we’ll find out tomorrow morning. 😉

So 6 Model X cars delivered . . . 1 to Musk and 5 to outsiders. That’s a little disappointing.

Well, I hope they can ramp up production and ship lots of them. They need the revenue and confidence boost.

I still hope there is a skunkworks operation for a version with regular rear doors and decontented a bit so they can sell one for $50K or so.

That is what the Model III CUV will be.

i like the model X more than i like the model S; i’m not going to buy one at $100k+, but i do like the car, because it’s a really neat car. if i had the money to burn, i would definitely buy one. then again, i suspect that most of the people who have the money to buy one will have more than 1 car as only an EV enthusiast would attempt to buy one as an only car, so this car is still targeted for the premium segment. as a practical matter, tesla is already operating at negative profit and i don’t expect this vehicle to help them get any more positive in that regard. as to the price, one of the reviewers commented on the price of the model X and stated that the porsche cayenne can also be equipped to a similar price level; what the commenter failed to mention is that cayennes start at a price of under $60,000, and i suspect that porsche sells a lot more $60,000 cayennes than they sell $160,000 cayennes. the falcon wing doors are really neat technology, sort of like the snake-type EVSE, but i question how practical these… Read more »

Jay: Two corrections.

That was TWO Model X filters (big one and bottom left) compared with ONE regular (bottom right) car air filter.

The low center of mass wasn’t the primary reason for the high safety rating — he strongly emphasized the strength of the battery pack in the pole intrusion test and the lack of an ICE in the front.