Audi pioneered the all wheel drive concept for production cars with its Quattro back in the 1980s. That was back when private space travel wasn’t possible and only governments made rockets. Back when diesel fuel was the gasoline alternative for cars. Back when you had to stand still to make a phone call–and use your voice to communicate! In other words, before Elon Musk.
Yesterday, Musk introduced the new Tesla “D” that he’s been teasing the world about. It’s predictably awesome, but you knew that already. The big news about the D, as opposed to Tesla’s flagship S model? It’s quattro–though that’s an Audi trademark. Let’s say instead that it’s all wheel drive. All wheel drive is the only big news though. The rest of the reveal is mainly advances in safety and driver-assist features, each a brick in the road to eventual auto-pilot. When the Tesla gets affordable–that’s going to be news.
— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) October 10, 2014