Well, it's been a good couple of years since I posted here, but I've still been following some of the threads. Some of you may remember I had (briefly) an E39 Champagne II. I still think they are one of the best looking cars ever made. Hi to AnilS btw.
Anyways, to chip in to the digital dash thing. I have left the internal combustion engine fold and now have a two year lease on a Tesla Model 3 Performance. It's like nothing else I've ever driven - until you drive one of these things you will not believe the instant torque that just launches you towards distant horizons, no matter what speed you happen to be doing. It's like your brain is hard wired to the throttle. 0-60 in 3 seconds, 30-70 in 2.8!!!!
Almost all controls are managed via the central 15" touchcreen. I find this not to be a problem at all, although it won't be to everyones taste. Speed is on the top right, always in line of sight and very easy to read. The Nav (they use Google maps with Teslas own overlay) is utterly brilliant, and the music and video capabilities are second to none in my view. FM, DAB, TuneIn (internet) radio, Spotify and... USB which has my complete (20,000+ tracks including 300+ FLAC albums) on it. When in Park, it also has YouTube and NetFlix and... access to my Plex home server with nearly 500 movies and almost 100 TV series. All in full screen.
Overall, it's utterly fantastic, but I do have a couple of things I would like to see improved:
1. Range. In reality, on a cold day at motorway speeds it's 230-240 miles. Tesla have their own charging network so that's not really a problem. On the plus side, I wake up every morning with a full charge so never, ever think about range when I'm at home tootling about.
2. Road noise. It's a bit louder than it should be, mostly down to 20" wheels and low profile tyres, especially on concrete surfaces, but Tesla really do need to do something about it.
Oh, and it's very, very cheap to fuel up. 250 miles costs about £11.
Cheers all and happy new year