Say Hello to the Tesla D

Tesla D / Tesla Model D 1 photo
Photo: Elon Musk on Twitter
Just a few hours ago, Tesla Motors numero uno Elon Musk tweeted this mysterious teaser photo with the following caption: "About time to unveil the D and something else." Exciting, huh? Furthermore, Musk tweeted moments later: "I love the Internet. Comments had me literally ROFL. No, it wasn't intentional. Glad I didn't mention the other letter."
Let's analyze those cryptic messages shared on the popular social networking service. First of all, Tesla prepares to take the wraps off either a concept or an upcoming production model that will bear the D or Model D moniker. Secondly, there's another one in the pipeline that hasn't been detailed by Elon boy.

That mystery model couldn't be the Model X electric SUV or the BMW 3 Series-rivaling Model III, but a different contraption. A previous report citing insider information details a Model R and a Model C are currently in development. The Tesla Model R is expected to come in 2017 and replace the Roadster, whereas the Tesla Model C will reportedly arrive a year later in the form of a petite urban runaround.

According to that report, both models will boast with a third-generation platform and drivetrain designs, with the C (from City) to cost about $21,000 and have a range of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles). But D next to C or D next to R or viceversa doesn't sound funny, so why did Musk ROFL his heart out? Just like that famous line from the Scooby Doo series - well gang, it looks like we have a mystery on our hands.

As for the teased Tesla D (or Model D), the photo is telling us it'll be unveiled on October 9th. In addition to that, the front fascia looks remarkably similar to that of the Model S all-electric luxury sedan. Things such as the grille, Tesla badge, LED headlights and strips of daytime running lights are 100 % Model S.

That being said, it's anybody's guess what this D wants to be. Is it an all-wheel drive Model S? Or a long wheelbase version of it? Is it a show car that announces a new model year boasting with a few updates here and there? Or maybe a convertible variant of the Model S? We don't have an answer at the present moment, but Elon is one crazy guy for choosing to name this thing the D, that's for sure.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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