Nov 11 2014
I’m a HUGE fan of Tesla, both the model S and the model X and since we don’t have Tesla in ZA yet, I was hoping to test drive a Tesla while in Brussels …
I contacted the Tesla Club Belgium asking if there’s anyone that would be willing to give me a test ride in a Tesla … Byron, the President of Tesla Club Belgium said, sure, I’ll take you for a spin (Tesla Club Belgium is apparently the biggest Tesla Club in the world).
If I have to describe the experience in one word, it would be insane! As you approach the car, the door handles come out, it feels like an alien car that came from the future making all other cars feel like they’re still using 100 year old technology.
Boot space there’s plenty, both in the front and in the back, all my luggage fitted into the rear boot with plenty of space to go and the front boot was still available for more luggage:
Whether you’re driving 10km/h or 160km/h, it feels exactly the same, the speedometer on the dashboard feels like it’s just a number that runs up and down since there’s no correlation between that number and how your experience changes (except for when you accelerate and the Tesla leaves you gasping for air – best feeling ever!). Inside the car, it’s dead quiet – there’s no engine roaring over your conversation, so whether you’re driving at a snail’s pace or racing, you can continue your conversation after you’ve regained your breath from the insane acceleration (0 – 100km/h in under 4 seconds with no engine noise)
In order to not get flooded with speeding tickets, Byron has a dashboard cam / GPS that warns him of incoming speed cameras. The centre console is pretty much a giant iPad where you can browse the web, set the music, check your calendar, let Google Maps show you directions, adjust features in the car (instead of having a gazillion knobs, you can adjust anything in the car via the console), set the temperature, adjust the suspension, peek at what’s going on in the rear cam, etc
Either the road was very smooth or the air suspension is brilliant, this must have been the softest ride I’ve ever had!
I’m sold, all of the marketing you hear about Tesla is true. I’ll be waiting patiently for Tesla ZA …