venerdì 10 ottobre 2014

Auto: La nuova Tesla D è arrivata

Mmmhhhh Elon Musk il "geniale" inventore della Tesla ricorda un pò Steve Jobs (o Tony Stark?!?) in quanto a volontà di cambiare il mondo.

Per il momento però la nuova D offre alcune feature sulla sicurezza molto interessanti (leggi i segnali di riduzione della velocità o cambio corsia) ma niente di trascendentale.

The "D" has arrived.
The Tesla "D" that Elon Musk so provocatively tweeted about last week is actually an all-wheel-drive version of the Model S Sedan. There will be three versions, and each will carry the "D" designation, to distinguish them from the rear-wheel-drive Model S.
AWD will be a plus for Tesla's customers in the Northeast and in Northern Europe, to deal with bad weather.
The current performance version of the Model S — the P85 — will become the P85D and be capable of 0-60 mph in a blistering 3.2 seconds. That acceleration is right up there with supercars from Ferrari, Porsche, and Mercedes.

In addition to the "D" — and to be truthful, many Tesla observers speculated it was going to be all-wheel-drive — Tesla is introducing a cluster of driver-assist features. These include things like the car being able to read speed-limit signs and adjust its velocity, signals that make the car change lanes, and some familiar stuff, like lane-departure warnings. 
Overall, nothing mind-blowing.
Commenting on the "D," Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer said the features would "allow Tesla to keep pace with competing luxury makes while still banking on its primary advantage — a pure electric drivetrain. Until the Model X arrives, these upgrades should keep the Model S at the forefront of advanced personal transportation.” 
Some photos from the event:
Tesla D Getty 2Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe D has dual motors — one for each set of wheels.
Tesla D Getty 8Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesIt will do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.

Tesla D Getty 6Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe new Tesla instrument panel, now with autopilot features.

Tesla D Getty 4Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesEverybody loved the robot arm.

Tesla D Getty 3Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

456967800Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe robot arm was an amazing pierce of showmanship.
At USA Today, Chris Woodyard is reporting, ahead of the offical Elon Musk reveal, that the "D" is a very fast version of the Tesla Model S sedan, with all-wheel-drive. Other new information: Tesla will offer a "suite of driver aid and safety features." Evidently, Tesla's will be able to "read" speed limit signs and adjust speed accordingly!

If Woodyard is right — and he has quotes from Elon Musk, so it looks like he had an inside track — then "D" will disappoint those who were expecting a almost fully autonomous self-driving Tesla.
The news is out, but our man at Tesla's event has a photo of a stage where the "D" will be revealed.

Tesla Model D
According to USA Today, the "D" will be a Model S sedan that has marginally increased range, dual motors (as expected, one for each pair of wheels) to supply all-wheel-drive. There will be three versions, each with a different size battery. The AWD performance version of the Model S — the PS85D — will be able to do 0-60 in just over 3 seconds. That's blistering.

The "something else" that Musk tweeted about last week is a cluster of safety and advanced cruise control features. Teslas will now be able to "read" the speed on speed-limit signs and adjust themselves. They will also have a lane-departure-warning system. Turn signals will be able to move the car over one lane. 
  • 11:18 PM

  • Photos of the Tesla Model S "D" are hitting Twitter

Engadget tweeted this shot, which is getting retweeted now. It's an all-wheel-drive Model S P85D.Tesla D Screenshot Twitter
  • 11:26 PM

  • Elon Musk takes to the stage!

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is live in L.A. at the Tesla D event. It looks like he's got a ROTATING Model S "D" that he can use to show off the all-wheel-drive technology.

Tesla Model D Event 5
Musk says that the Model S P85D will have three different driver settings: Normal, Sport, and Insane!

Zero-60 in 3.2 seconds — in a 4-door! — is pretty nuts. The Roadster Sport, for comparison's sake, did 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and that was very, very fast.
  • 11:38 PM

  • OK, So Elon Musk IS Tony Stark

Now at the "D" event Musk is making a robot arm holding the Model D do some cool stuff. Not unlike Tony Stark/Iron Man with his little clan of robot assistants.
  • 11:43 PM

  • If want Tesla's supercar, you can have it by Christmas

Deliveries of the Model S P85D will start in December, according to Tesla. Thinking about asking Santa for an all-electric supercar?
  • 12:05 AM

  • Looks like it's party time now

The Tesla event is pretty much over but for the partying. We now await Elon Musk's next earthshaking tweet.