If you could change one thing about the Model S...

OK, one thing only per post. Physical change, not 'make it cheaper'. Ok to explain, but don' say 'cup holders, and console, and rims, etc.' If enough people respond we'll cover all the bases. If I could change one thing about the Model S...I'd make it 6"-12" shorter. That would lose the rear facing seats, diminsh storage a bit, lighten the car by a couple hundred pounds, increase the range, increase acceleration. I'm confident the folks in design would make it beautiful still. Who's next?

You are descibing the Gen3.


Doubt it. Shaving 6" doesn't shave $25,000. If it did I'd say shave 18" and give it to me for free. Gen 3 will have a different form factor, electronics, materials, batteries, console for the complainers, etc.

So what would you change?

The door handles.

I would change the center armrest/cupholder/rear-vent module. It could be redesigneed with nearly the same footprint to include low cupholders in front, storage under the armrests, and cupholders in addtion to the vent in rear.

I see noone can read. Why is it that a car that seats 5 adults, only 4 comfortably, needs so many cupholders?

I'd change the front grille/nose cone, perhaps get rid of it (but not look like an EV-1). I don't understand its purpose with the ICE gone.

The Model S needs a grille because there are 3 radiators which require airflow.

"The system also features three radiators, with two side ducts that cool the car and a middle radiator that deals with heat from the motor and battery pack."


An industry standard charging port on the front or back (not side). And, of course, the delivery date.

Make the interior more similar to the original prototype.

@Trnsl8r, I like the door handles a lot, why would you change those I wonder?

The Model S needs a grille because there are 3 radiators which require airflow. - Teoatawki

I think Cattledog was referring to the nose cone device that is solid and does not permit air flow. It appears to be merely decorative without function. The grills that permit air flow are very narrow and are below the nose cone and below the headlights.


@BYT... don't get me started... :-) I had a chance to try them out at Santana Row.

- Unless they pop out automatically, they add an extra step and delay opening the door (push, wait, then pull). This will get old fast.
- The functionality at Santana Row was iffy. You had to have the right touch. Simply yanking on the handle didn't work, you had to let the sensor register your hand, then it opened.
- I haven't received assurances that they would operate if the car loses all power (as with a power failure or an accident).
- Last, but most important. They are pointless eye candy. One more thing that could break. There are several other car door handles that are also flush with the body, but completely mechanical. Look at Aston Martin (or, for that matter, Volvo 240).

Grey, rather than black, cloth seats.

entire interior.

I'm with Trnsl8r on the door handles. Like the 17" touch screen, just more complicated stuff that adds to the price for no real gain.

Change: too much chrome. Remove bottom of door, remove from grill (makes the car look buck-tooth), remove 1/2 from windows.

I second the second front motor which will eventually happen I think.

I'd create and allow integration of portable battery packs, perhaps rentable from Tesla in 50 lb increments (for human lifting), that could go in the footwell of the trunk and the base of the frunk, simply plug into your battery grid and extend your range. If a 600 lb battery pack gets you close to 300 miles, (6) 50 lb packs ought to get you close to another 150 miles.

Battery cost. Then the game is over!

Had to think for a minute, so as not to be petty. Ok, here it is.
Change the 17" touchscreen to a 15" touchscreen. It would still be plenty big, but not so big that it would be a challenge to integrate into the dashboard.

I agree that most folks will not opt for the rear facing seats. I can't think of any other car that has seats that can't be used by adults. A lot of reservation holders will be shocked when they realize that the car won't fit in their garage. I have a big garage, yet I will only have 12" to spare. My current SUV fits with 2 1/2 feet to spare. Surprise!

All of you reservation holders better get out the measuring tape.

Keep the 17 inch screen. It is easier to see the "buttons".

196 inches long. WOW.
That's like two Smart Cars - literally! (SmartCar is 98" long).

17" still seems kind of tiny.


Not when you are in the car. I was not a fan of the beta interior until I saw one in person ( in black with black lacewood). I'm looking forward to seeing what storage options end up in the interior as currently there are none in he betas.

Here's my $0.02

Power folding mirrors - they manually fold but I'll only have a few inches of margins with the mirrors fully external extended for my San Francisco garage and I'm either gonna have to be very careful daily or manually fold one mirror daily.

Storage space in the doors. My 335i Coupe has wonderfully spacious an discreet storage pockets in the doors and Model S (a bigger car than my 3 Series) lacks this based on the beta models I've seen

Continuing on the doors, while the Model S door interior is a design statement, it could stand to have a more practical handle to close the door from the interior and a more comfortable arm rest. I'm super excited about Model S but I think I'm gonna miss some creature comforts of my 335i

I'm reservation #5050 so maybe tweaks and new options will be integrated by the time they get to my order


- 150HP motor option in the front for power and AWD like Model X
- Center console more like the original prototype (I can see why they removed it though, reduce weight and show how spacious the car can be)
- 4G LTE (I think the real reason they don't have it, the Tegra 3 processor currently doesn't support it, hope they immediately upgrade to Tegra 4 in 2013)
- Storage area on the bottom of the doors (perhaps like the Lexus IS that fold away and have a small cupholder)
- "Hard" lock buttons on the doors
- Blind spot monitors (one of the prototypes had this actually)

and lastly...

- Partner up with Google to deliver the first public self-driving car

I would add a CHAdeMO connector. Somewhere on the front of the car. Behind the nose cone, in the frunk or something like that.

Good ideas so far. Hard to pick just one (@sanjosedriver).

@cattledog -- I reject your assertion that the center console isn't a physical design choice. Perhaps you should've asked for exterior only changes, if the goal was to ignore in interior completely. And then you'd have a pretty empty thread, since I think most agree that the exterior is very nicely done.

Therefore, the one thing I'd change to make this car appeal to more people: _optional_ center console. There is being a rebel with a purpose and then there is being a rebel without a cause. No center console is just rebelling against most people's clutter tendencies and rather than retrain the customers we should let the customer have what they want at a cost.

@Trnsl8r, I understand what you mean about it getting old, waiting for the handles to pop out. But this is one of the reasons I am getting the technology package, because the door is supposed to just pop open when you approach it, hence saving the novelty for your passengers... :)

Inductive charging. Plugging in every day will get old fast.

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