Today I drove 150 miles down to Highland Park, IL to test drive a car I can’t possibly afford to buy. I made that fairly clear to the sales woman – I said I was thinking about the Model 3 which will be in a far more affordable price range, and I just wanted to acquaint myself with an electric. She was very nice anyway, and I test drove their ultimate loaded up performance model.
Almost the first thing she had me try was Ludicrous Mode – there’s a stretch of road with no intersecting traffic just a few hundred feet from the dealership. I’ve never felt anything close to it. Not only do you feel your body slammed back into the seat, you feel your organs slammed back inside your body. For me, an almost instant sense of nausea.
We tried the autopilot function for maybe 5 minutes. It worked perfectly as far as I could tell, but it would be a very long time before I could ever trust it enough to let my attention on the road ahead lapse. I suppose that’s a bad idea anyway.
I was surprised that it wasn’t quieter. Certainly it was silent when stopped, but it didn’t strike me as any quieter than my own Mazda3.
One thing didn’t work right. She asked me what kind of music I wanted to hear on the stereo, and I picked Classic Rock, but neither rock channel she tried would load, so she put on something else that I hardly noticed.
The auto park function was a little shaky – not in actually parking but in sensing the open space we were trying to get it to pull into. It backed in to a right angle space rather than nosed in, but we had to more or less jiggle it around some so it would find the space before engaging the park function.
The view screen was just enormous – 17 inches. Not even sure why it needs to be that big, OTOH there’s no squinting needed.