Tesla Motors Inc has finally unveiled its much hyped and long-awaited Model X – the car is everything you’ve come to expect from Tesla, and much more. It’s difficult to discuss the crazy features and specs of the Model X without sounding promotional – but this SUV needs no promotion. It stands heads and shoulders above the competition (if there’s any) on the strength of its high-end specs and the deep thought process that has been involved in making the car.
However, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk thinks that the firm may have bitten more than it can chew with the Model X. Perhaps Musk was having “buyers remorse“, perhaps he thinks Tesla has raised the bar too high, and perhaps he thinks Tesla won’t be able to sustain the innovation. He says, the car has features that are “far more there than is really necessary to sell a car”. He goes on to say that “I think we got more carried away with the X… I’m not sure anyone should make this car.”
Here are some interesting specs
To start with, the Model X weighs 5,441 pounds and it can tow 5,000 pounds with its low-end torque for users who will most likely have boats or trailers – the car has a check mark for Tesla Motors “s SUV functions. Despite its massive size and weight, it has a range of 250 miles and it can reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour. If you want more speed, the ‘ludicrous” option allows you to go from zero to 60Mph in 3.2 seconds.
You’ve probably heard all about the Falcon-wing doors that swing upwards to allow graceful entry and exit into the rear seats. The Falcon-wing doors have sensors that keep them from hitting other cars or a low ceiling. The other doors “self presents” with an invisible chauffeur that open the door gently when you are near and closed by itself when you sit down in the driver’s seat.
Tesla went over and beyond with the Model X
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was one of the six people that took delivery of the Model X today but even the brain behind the Model X admits that the car might have been over-engineered.
The down side to the great features of the car is that buyers who have been waiting for the last two years would still need to exercise more patience. New buyers can expect to wait from 8 to 12 months at the very least before they see the car.
Musk was quoted saying, “Some of these things are so difficult; they do make the car better, but the difficulty of engineering those parts is so high, that in retrospect, if we had known the true engineering costs and the amount of complexity associated with it I think we would have probably done fewer new things.”