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I was in the Tesla camp once they announced the Model Y. When it was available I wasn't ready as my current car wasn't quite paid off and I quite liked it. Then 2020 hit and then every few months the price went up a few thousand a pop. By 2021 I was no longer willing to pay THAT much for a vehicle I know I get bored off once it is paid off.

Then around March of this year ran across vinfast; plunked down the $200 to secure the $3k voucher and a few other items (a tree?). VF8 was my choice as it mostly matches what I have now, an Acura RDX 2016, seems to be about the same option level as well. Thought the price of the VF8 was pretty dam good considering base includes 2 motors for AWD ability.

Saw the VF8 in person just prior to the Hillsdale Mall store opening. Sat in it, took a quick look around. Until the whole turn your reservation into a purchase order thing to secure the $7500 fed credit I was waiting for a test drive before making final decision. Still want that test drive, but I'm kinda committed now.

One thing noticed right away is if vinfast was 'looking' at being at par or better than Tesla, they kinda missed. The gear selection knobs (from hell?). Yikes. No push button release of the back seat from the rear (ooops). Small things, but annoying. Couldn't play with the screen as much of the display pre-production unit was disabled. Hope it is good.

Another worry when all the youtube folks went over to Vietnam for test drives in (again) pre-production units none of them could match the 0-60 number vinfast has posted. That has me a bit worried.

Otherwise right now just want to see my purchase order online and get a test drive.....
 

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I was in the Tesla camp once they announced the Model Y. When it was available I wasn't ready as my current car wasn't quite paid off and I quite liked it. Then 2020 hit and then every few months the price went up a few thousand a pop. By 2021 I was no longer willing to pay THAT much for a vehicle I know I get bored off once it is paid off.

Then around March of this year ran across vinfast; plunked down the $200 to secure the $3k voucher and a few other items (a tree?). VF8 was my choice as it mostly matches what I have now, an Acura RDX 2016, seems to be about the same option level as well. Thought the price of the VF8 was pretty dam good considering base includes 2 motors for AWD ability.

Saw the VF8 in person just prior to the Hillsdale Mall store opening. Sat in it, took a quick look around. Until the whole turn your reservation into a purchase order thing to secure the $7500 fed credit I was waiting for a test drive before making final decision. Still want that test drive, but I'm kinda committed now.

One thing noticed right away is if vinfast was 'looking' at being at par or better than Tesla, they kinda missed. The gear selection knobs (from hell?). Yikes. No push button release of the back seat from the rear (ooops). Small things, but annoying. Couldn't play with the screen as much of the display pre-production unit was disabled. Hope it is good.

Another worry when all the youtube folks went over to Vietnam for test drives in (again) pre-production units none of them could match the 0-60 number vinfast has posted. That has me a bit worried.

Otherwise right now just want to see my purchase order online and get a test drive.....
Yes the 0-60 numbers on these test drives differ quite a bit from what VF has on its website.
For me the 0-60 is not so important as for others so this wouldn’t a big issue for me -
but I hope that this isn’t a sign that other numbers (especially the range estimate) are inaccurate.

A few words about Tesla: they have not a single model that appeals to me.
I don’t like their looks/exterior and the interior is ok but nothing that would justify their prices in my opinion. So I
never considered buying a Tesla and most likely will never do.
Nevertheless I have to give Tesla credit for two things (a) they accelerated EV adoption a lot - not only by customers but by legacy automakers as well (b) they are the only ones so far who get it done to provide a satisfying charging network.
 

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For me the 0-60 is not so important as for others so this wouldn’t a big issue for me
I just don't want a gutless wonder.....Performance not a big deal, but being a turtle would be. :) Range better be darn close to 277 for the VF8 plus with bigger battery. That's like the minimum.

If I'm being honest the only Tesla I really like is the S model, but I'd never buy one. Way too much $$ for a vehicle. I only had my eyes on a Y for a time as it would be a good replacement for what I have. That died after so many huge price increases. The other issue even today Tesla has huge problems with fit & finish. Hopefully vinfast will be careful there.

I'm exposed to tesla stock in a few ways, so I'm fan that way. (y)
 

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I have a reservation for the VF8 myself. However, I didn't put one until until after the VINFIRST promotion so I did mine during the Charge Up promotion, which for me is probably a better option. ONe I do not own a home so charging credits is credit. The one thing that kills me is the range of the vehicle, now they might just be restricting the range VIA Software to be more conservative until they get more data and then OTA update to allow a little more range.

I am fortunate enough to live close to one of the malls that has a Experience Center/Showroom with a VF8 in it. They are all pre-production/prototype models for the time being as I do not believe their are any production intent or full production versions on US soil as of yet. I keep asking about test drives and when first set of deliveries will start reps keeps saying end of the year. So at the end of 4Q we will see some deliveries of these vehicles.

I have messed with the infotainment screen everytime I go into the showroom and see all the different options on the screen. I have to say I actually kinda like how the screen is and its quite responsive.

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I keep asking about test drives and when first set of deliveries will start reps keeps saying end of the year. So at the end of 4Q we will see some deliveries of these vehicles.
I've head the same. One sales rep said Oct for test drives; we shall see. I've already converted to an order, so the test drive isn't too critical. Just want to confirm it isn't a gutless wonder. The youtubers who went to Vietnam were unable to duplicate the numbers vinfast is posting on their web site. that is kinda scary as the number they got were way under what has been stated.
 
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