It should be very clear by now:
- It brings home the bacon, as we’ve seen with today’s “sticker shock” schlock in the press.
- Some people need to seat more than five adults on a regular basis, or at least think they do.
- It shows Tesla is here to stay. Two-hit wonders tend to hang around.
- It’s an engineering tour de force, and that’s a lot of freakin’ force in this case. We know just the tip of the iceberg, and it’s already scary. Those wild doors. That nutty-assed windshield. Those mysterious seats. The X will stun the world more than the S did, and that’s not easy.
- The world has some athletic sedans, but very few athletic SUVs. The Model X’s performance credentials — unfair instant torque, unfairly low COG — will really shine among its classmates in the SUV class. Tesla’s margin of victory is about to get much fatter.
- It makes everyone want a Tesla, just in time for Model III pre-orders early next year. You’ll want a Tesla badly enough to put down a few grand and wait in line for a couple of years.
Imagine — waiting all that time for a dream car that has no engine or exhaust note. Fair to say Tesla is altering the automotive landscape just a bit? From this point on, electric vehicles that seek equality with gas vehicles lack ambition. That’s a twist on an old Timothy Leary quote about feminists using men as some sort of benchmark. Puh-leeeze. Aim higher or stay home.