Defining the “Frunk.” Tesla names the Front-Trunk in a way VW, Porsche and Corvair never did.

Descriptions of the new Tesla Model S usually contain an oxymoron—it's a performance luxury car powered by electricity.

The Signature Performance model is powered by a 416-horsepower AC synchronous electric motor producing 443 pound-feet of torque between zero and 5,100 rpm, with a zero-to-60-mph acceleration of 4.4 seconds and a quarter-mile elapsed time of 12.6 seconds. In other words, it’s hella-fast. The Wall Street Journal says that “the Tesla corners like it's tethered with magic.”

Price tag, just under $100,000 (base price is $49,900 counting the federal $7,500 EV tax credit).

The Tesla Model S is indeed, a high-performance electric vehicle that will turn heads, and redefine a category.

The folks at Tesla also decided to define another aspect of the car—the front boot (trunk). You see, the front section of the car—what has been called the abandoned engine bay, creates a front trunk space, or front-trunk which Tesla calls the "frunk."

We love those who create witty and appropriate terms for items found in the world. And, interestingly, the concept of a “frunk” has been around a long time without a witty and appropriate term attached to it. In fact, three of the most iconic automobiles in history have a “frunk” but no one ever knew to coin the term until now.

You see, the Volkswagen Beetle had a “frunk.” So did several iconic Porsches’—the 356, the 914, 912 and of course the 911. And, one of my favorite “cars-with-a-frunk?” The Chevrolet Corvair.

It seems Tesla is in good company—with these iconic cars with a “frunk.”

A Porsche "Frunk"

1960 VW Beetle

1960 Chevrolet Corvair


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