The Tesla Model X gives a taste of what’s to come. It takes the Model S’s formula of brutal pace and zero emissions, jacks it up and chucks some extra seats in the back if you want them, and the result is a 2.5-tonne SUV that Tesla claims can see off 0-60mph in 2.9sec. Which, if it’s to be believed, is about the same as a Ferrari 488 GTB.
As with all electric cars, acceleration in the Model X is breathtaking but unnatural. No matter what speed you’re going, plant your foot and the neck-straining pull is instant. It’s like an elephant that can outrun a cheetah. Autopilot is unnervingly cool, the infotainment system is brilliant and it's still a fully-functioning SUV with loads of space. In many respects, it feels like Tesla is ahead of the curve and everyone else is trying to catch up - just look at the Jaguar I-Pace.
But it’s not without its flaws. Take those doors, for instance; they're as impractical as they are hilariously cool. The ride isn’t brilliant, build quality is only so-so, and even though the electric motors are silent, the cabin isn’t well insulated from wind and road noise.
There are plenty of cars that are better to drive than the Model X and tug harder at your heart strings, but while the 911 R is a celebration of the past, the Model X will influence the future.
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