Tesla using Dodge Magnum bodies to disguise Model S test mules? Photo by Doug KingEnlarge Photo
Captured by a Tesla Motors Club forum denizen at the site of a future Menlo Park, California Tesla store the Dodge Magnum in question shows several key differences from its production variants. A missing tailpipe, steel wheels and no license plate, taken together with the car's location, appear to add up to a test platform out for a spin.
The latest reports also indicate sources inside the company are confirming the car is in fact one of several test platforms for the Model S sedan's running gear. It makes good sense, since the bulky wagon provides ample room for pre-production packaging and testing equipment to be housed safely inside the car, safe from the elements.