Tesla closes the gap - Lutz : "Gaps of 3.5 to 4.5mm are considered word-class. This Model 3 measured up."

By @Ellec on Mon, 17th of June, 2019 at 09:06AM ET

Bob Lutz has flipped his opinion on the Tesla Model 3 build quality. The former executive of all Big Three motor companies had been a vocal Tesla bear for years, but since seeing a current Model 3 has seen the light.

In a Road and Track article Lutz said

When I spied a metallic-red Model 3 in an Ann Arbor parking lot, I felt compelled to check it out. I was eager to see the oft-reported sloppy assembly work, the poor-fitting doors, blotchy paint, and other manifestations of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's "production hell" with my own eyes.

But to Bob's surprise he found the opposite to be true

But, when next to the car, I was stunned. Not only was the paint without any discernible flaw, but the various panels formed a body of precision that was beyond reproach. Gaps from hood to fenders, doors to frame, and all the others appeared to be perfectly even, equal side-to-side, and completely parallel. Gaps of 3.5 to 4.5mm are considered word-class. This Model 3 measured up.

Although Lutz heaped praise on the progress Tesla has made on its production of the Iconic car, he still has doubts about the company as a business. That could change after Tesla deliver it's Q2 results which could be a record quarter.