Graphic decals are a tricky thing. They can look at home on one car, but completely ridiculous on another. But this could be the most out-of-place application we’ve seen yet.
Floating around the intertubes this week is this picture of a Tesla Model S with the “screaming chicken” decal from a Pontiac Firebird. Which would be pretty silly all on its own, considering how different a Trans Am is from a Tesla. But just to drive the pointless point home even further, the owner put a power bulge/hood scoop on there, too.
The incongruity of the bonnet boondoggle tacked on to an electric vehicle could hardly be over-stated. There’s no big V8 under that hood that’d need any extra space or cooling, after all. The electric powertrain components are spread throughout the vehicle. And where the engine would be is a “frunk.” Heck, Tesla closed off the faux-grille on the Model S for a reason, after all – or lack thereof – though this evidently earlier example still has it.
Even without the appendage, though, a 1970s icon placed on the hood of a 21st-century EV is just downright ridiculous. There’s no fire in a Tesla, after all. Just sparks. Call it “Smoke-Free and the Bandit” (or maybe bandaid) after the Burt Reynolds movie that popularized the tarted-up Firebird in the first place. Then forget that this unusual crossover of old and new ever took place. We know that’s what we’ll do. Or do our best to do, at any rate. And we have a feeling we’ll sleep better once it’s out of our minds.
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— Problem Magnet (@Tweetermeyer) May 8, 2018