Tesla Model S at CES 2011, eyes-on
We're told this Model S is the first proper prototype the company produced, hand built and worth a couple million but fully drivable and testable -- though still very much a prototype. Those door handles? They'd probably cut your fingers off should you linger too long. The windows? We're told they don't go down. They're just up.
Early or final it's gorgeous, looking a bit like an Aston, a little like a Jag XK (which, admittedly, looks a little like an Aston), a little like the Fisker, but honestly it just looks like a Tesla. In The Roadster you can see its Lotus roots from a mile away, the cleaner DNA is shown here in the smooth curves highlighted by a thick, red metallic paint.
Maybe a little too thick, though, cracking and peeling around those door handles. It's a prototype. Inside the car is that ludicrous 17-inch, Tegra-powered central panel, wedged in between the seats. The interior is looking fairly well finished but that screen still looks way out of place to us. Right now it's just showing a static image, an overhead map view of the Bellagio, but the coating of fingerprints makes us know there's more going on.
Unfortunately they weren't our fingerprints. We weren't allowed to touch that, or the big D and R buttons in the center console, or much of anything else. Maybe we'll have more luck in Detroit next week but, for now, check out the video and the pictures.