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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

The Porsche gets you under 4 from the factory.

Yawn, Model X is 3.3s.
post #21092 of 26335
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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post

Yawn, Model X is 3.3s.

And parked at the side of the road instead of driving me through LA to Paso as the battery ran out. This is a daily driver and that means the occasional 500 mile day.
post #21093 of 26335
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

And parked at the side of the road instead of driving me through LA to Paso as the battery ran out. This is a daily driver and that means the occasional 500 mile day.



A bit of joking aside, I can understand the concern. I do drive my Tesla on the occasional 100-200 mile trip without charging, but we're likely 1-2 years away from charging not being a concern at all going anywhere via the Supercharger network. Also, you can trickle charge it anywhere with a power outlet - 110, 220, J1772, etc.

I'd also call the free Supercharger and destination charging network as decent coverage. Texas hates Tesla for some reason though:

post #21094 of 26335
If you mean El Paso, I think a vehicle that prevents you from going there is doing you a huge favor
post #21095 of 26335
I keep my eye on Tesla but it's just not quite there for me yet. Within the next five years if the tech keeps progressing though. Also watching the wall battery with solar array for the house.
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The Porsche gets you under 4 from the factory.

The Turbo S and X5M have the same 0-62 times, so with an added 100+ hp, they should be ass puckering fast.
post #21097 of 26335
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I keep my eye on Tesla but it's just not quite there for me yet. Within the next five years if the tech keeps progressing though. Also watching the wall battery with solar array for the house.

I agree on that. It'll get there, but they have had to fight a huge uphill battle. I have a Powerwall on reserve and my grad school advisor co-founded SunPower. I'm planning on building a house within 2 years. I'm not a tree-hugger, but it's sort of the inevitable future - we'll all get there at some point, it's just a matter of when.

I think the Model S and X are still a bit of a curiosity car, a dime a dozen around here, but it's also very conducive to the target market. My friend who ordered the X, nearly optioned out, would be the last person you would have expected to get one, but it made a ton of sense for her living in California, with a nice job, and being an engineer with all factors including free charging and ridiculously low insurance rates factored in.

I thump the Tesla drum whenever I can, but I can also admit the drawbacks. I also drive my M4 2:1 over the Tesla.
Edited by ramuman - 3/10/16 at 9:15am
post #21098 of 26335
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Also, I completely agree that if you claim to be a car person and can't admire your car, then you did something wrong. My last four decent cars were picked up in pouring rain and as tacky as it sounds, I kissed the roundel/nacelle on all of them as a first order of business - which generally confuses the delivery people. I did the same with my $800 PoS Corolla when I was 16 because it was awesome to not ride the school bus or have my mom drop me off.

I still look back at my cars - they're nothing really special, but it does always remind that I've been pretty fortunate in life.

/sappy_romanticism

Also, barn finds usually have great stories behind them (usually WWII, but obviously the 250 was a post-war car), curious if you have more details. 

I've never seen anyone actually kiss a car's hood ornament, but I understand the sentiment.  The delivery guys must have thought you were a bit crazy.  

 

The barn find Cal Spider was shown a year ago or so at the Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance, as is, as part of the "Preservation class."  Its definitely in rough condition.  There is another 250 SWB Cal Spider already part way into the restoration process and once that one is completed (and which they are learning from because so few Cal Spiders were made), the French barn find one will undergo a complete restoration also.  I would guess we will probably see the French Barn Find 250 Cal Spider at Pebble Beach or other high end shows once the restoration is complete.  

 

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 Yeah, their body panels had seen better days...and yeah, street parking them in urban Chicago is not going to extend their life or increase their value...

Yes, street parking rarely enhances a nice car's life span or cosmetic condition.  I've seen SUVs back onto the fronts of Corvette and other cars when trying to get in or out of a parking space. 

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another jalopnik story, this thing looks like its from the stone age compared to the most of the cars discussed on here

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...and the delivery guys have been amused. I guess I am little bit sentimental and esoteric about anything engineering or physics related.
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LL

 

helmet cool:

 

 

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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post


I'd be more concerned with how motorcycles will fuck up your ability to walk. Also, lots of small timers here:



amiright?

 

Regular fibreglass Arai helmets will run you around $800 so I'm guessing that carbon version is upwards of $3k

post #21102 of 26335
$4k, but who's keeping track? We're all big timers here. A 5 pack of tear strips are a mere $10 though.
post #21103 of 26335
GF approved.

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GF approved.


If he gets a moto, he should also consider the various Rossi AGVs:

post #21105 of 26335
Looking forward to seeing pics of GF's new Vespa
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