E The Tesla Model 3 Vs. The Porsche 911 And Other Beautiful Cars

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The Porsche 911 is one of my personal favourite cars in terms of aesthetics, so I was surprised it didn’t fare better in the survey. I also find the Model 3 beautiful, and I have a hunch my taste for both cars and the poll results are not a coincidence. The design of the Model 3 is vaguely reminiscent of the Porsche 911. It's even more reminiscent of the Porsche Panamera If you squint, the Panamera (an $85,000 car) looks almost like a Model 3. I did a double-take the last time a Panamera drove past, thinking for a second that I was looking at a Model 3.

The Porsche Panamera. Photo credit: Raphael Jean, MotorBlog.com.

The Aston Martin Vanquish was far and away the most popular choice with 41%. That’s understandable. The Vanquish is a gorgeous car. I recently got a good look at one in person and it is a head-turner. But it also comes with a $303,000 price tag.

On a price-adjusted basis, the Model 3 beats the Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 488, and is not far behind the Aston Martin Vanquish. The Alfa Romeo 4C shines on this metric:

It should be noted that the Model 3 is the only four-door car of the bunch. The Model 3 has an advantage both in price and practicality.

Demand for the Model 3 will be epic

By my taste, the Model 3 will be the most beautiful car in its price range. The data from my survey suggests that many car buyers will be inclined to agree. Since aesthetics is the most important factor in the decision to buy a car, the Model 3 is well-positioned for an enormous volume of demand. We’ve already seen hard evidence of this in the Model 3’s 455,000 reservations.

The Model 3 combines a beautiful exterior with economic appeal: a base cost around the U.S. average for performance competitive with similarly priced gasoline cars. Inside, it has a slick touchscreen centre console that regularly receives over-the-air software updates, unlike the clunky, outdated infotainment systems in other vehicles that most drivers can’t stand to use. It is fun to drive, with fast acceleration and no engine noise. Perhaps most importantly, it comes with the cutting edge in advanced driver assistance technology. Based on these factors, the Model 3 will be one of the most popular cars in America. All Tesla has to do is make them.

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Www 3 years ago Member's comment

Tesla may not the be the most appealing car on the market, but it is definitely one of the more eco friendly ones on the market. Give Tesla some time, and I could see them coming out with cars like the Aston Martin, and being 100x more environmental friendly at the same time

T.A. Eady 3 years ago Author's comment

The new Roadster will no doubt be a head-turner!

Ayelet Wolf 3 years ago Member's comment

I agree.