What Tesla Model Has Falcon Wing Doors?

by Gabrielle DeSantis

There’s no question Tesla cars have unique features. And one Tesla model is even more special. Probably this EV’s most unique features are its doors. It sports falcon-wing doors similar to a DeLorean‘s, but they can open in tighter parking spaces. And they’re available on only one Tesla model.

What are Tesla’s falcon wing doors exactly?

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Gull-wing doors, or what Tesla calls falcon-wing doors, are hinged to open upward instead of swinging outward. The hinge is located on the vehicle’s roof. But the big difference between gull-wings and Tesla’s doors is that falcon-wings boast a double-hinge.

In theory, this allows them to open in tighter spaces than average gull-wings. But these doors come with problems normal doors don’t. That includes less-than-ideal leak protection.

These unique doors also pose unique problems

As cool as they might look, falcon-wing doors have downsides too. First, they’re motorized and use radar sensors to prevent the doors from hitting anything when they open, Road & Track explains. Though that sounds like a good concept, what happens if you’re in an accident and the doors will not, or cannot, open because something is blocking the door or, worse, the car are upside down?

And even though one of their biggest selling points is their ability to open in tight spaces, Car and Driver reports that owners have had to use the Tesla Model X’s Smart Summon feature, which is supposed to allow you to park or retrieve your car without sitting inside it.  

The Tesla Model X and all of its cool features

The Tesla Model X comes in Long Range and Plaid versions. The Long Range has two electric motors that combine to produce 670 hp, and because one is in the front and the other is in the back, this model has all-wheel-drive capabilities. It has an estimated 360-miles range and a combined EPA rating of 105 MPGe. But this EV is also quick: Tesla reports a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds.

However, the even faster Plaid model packs three electric motors and an insane 1,020 hp, propelling this model to 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds. The extra horsepower and acceleration drop the driving range to 340 miles, though.

The Tesla Model X’s dashboard is clean and simplistic: A touchscreen controls almost every feature in the car. A smaller touchscreen for rear passengers provides entertainment. Noticeably absent are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are absent. But you can add a self-driving feature for an extra $10,000. However, full self-driving is still in beta-testing and illegal. 

Overall, the Tesla Model X SUV has some cool features, like starting the car by pushing the brake and some hidden compartments. But it has seen many reported problems, such as sudden acceleration or the roof flying off. And though it might seem obvious, Tesla warns owners not to drive their Model X with the falcon-wing doors up.

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