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Tesla's model S alpha front grill

Does anyone else think that the new Alpha version of the Model S front grill looks cheap and Toyota like? I much preferred the Aston Martin DB-9 line to the front hood and grill. Tesla please read this post and the complaints of a myriad of Tesla enthusiasts and take it back to the way it was in the first pictures! Looks count!

There is several other threads on this topic ...

See above. The new front sucks. . .

I like it. Real front is much better than it looks in that video.

Yeah. What's wrong with this?

there is a smashed kid's bicycle on it. will run into trouble driving around like that...

Heh. I do b'lieve that's a reflection off the high gloss nose cone!
Cute, V.

Yeh. At first I though it looked like something smashed onto the bumper, but when I saw VolkerP's comment, I saw that it was a reflection. Other reflections from the car make it look like there is damage to it.

It's a bumper sticker "I don't brake for bicycles!" :-P

The reflection is a testament of Tesla's commitment to the environment: workers ride bikes to the shop where they assemble electric cars. No oil. :-D

they should change this it is very ugly.
it just looks like a cheap Ford car
why cant the front bumper be in 1 piece, nice and clean.

I do like the bottom part that looks very sporty.

Note to Tesla Motors:
Now that we are within 12 months of Production of the Model S. I would think it's time to lay this subject to rest. What will the front grill look like?? Personally, I'd gladly sacrifice a few miles per charge to have a grill that looks more like the 2009/2010 photos of the prototype (albeit less aerodynamic). At this point, I cannot believe the grill is still on the drawing board.

Just saw this picture on Tesla's Facebook page. It looks like a mix between the old grill and new grill.

Except that it isn't a grille, it is just a nose cone. I think the picture Tiebreaker posted above is better looking and doesn't look like a phony grille. Especially if that stays black while rest of the car has some other color. Then it is just plastic nose cone that is just plain ugly. Like a red rubber nose on playboy centerfold.

I must say tho I really enjoy seeing the line of metal and the logo in the front grill instead of the hood.... very sleek

Personally, I'll be satisfied with a nice color and finish and the knowledge that the aerodynamics are optimized while the grill is minimized to the needs of the heating/cooling of the batteries and passenger compartment. If there's a noticeable grill, I'd just prefer it to be subtle so the car continues to look good while styles change. I hope to keep the car for a while.

There are more images online now that show that very "grille", the nose cone with a single line of chrome and the logo inside.

I see three black and two silver/grey (one with nose visible) alphas. Rest are prototypes (smaller grille, blue lights below main light).

Black nose cone looks comical in silver/grey car. In black is doesn't hurt so much because rest of the car is same color.

Tesla should be reminded of the design catastrophe Subaru made when they introduced the 2007 Tribeca, more consideration must be given to the design of the front grille, maybe it doesn't need a front grille? (Porsche 911..!?..) When it comes to Automobile Design," God" is in the details! Oh yah, let's not forget about the Pontiac Aztek...uglier than mortal sin...

The model S front grill looks like a giant shark's mouth! (my wife said this and first time this year I agree). The pics u sent out last year and before did not look this crappy.
fyi, rlw.

What ever happened to that beautiful mesh metal grill that was in the very early pictures of the car? Ever since they have some varying version of the plastic clown nose. I have held off on upgrading to a signature purely because I'm terrified what I'd be locking myself into with that variable and seldom handsome nosecone.

I think the latest pics of the black alpha are amazing. I think it looks way tougher than the original prototype. I embrace the idea that this is a shark! I can't look at my car and think of a predator. I did think the blue daytime lights were cool and the light on the side diffuser was a nice touch. I also hope the side view mirrors end up a little more like the prototype. I was a little weirded by the first pics of the alpha. These ones are the best looking model s yet.

Want to see the mesh as an option like in the original prototype. Mocked this up to show you all...

For what its worth, I vote for the grill as shown on the new website photos, which is much like the original prototype. The bright mesh grill doesn't look as aero and is garish.

Personally, I hate the new front end. Hate it. HATE IT. The design prototype was a sleek, elegant shape. The alpha images look, for lack of a better phrase, "tarted up."

Specifically, I really dislike the more aggressive lines of the air dam with the big gaping vents and the flared-forward lower edge. It looks like an aftermarket "make it look sportier" add-on.

I'm at least relieved to see the logo back in the grille area instead of on the hood like in some earlier shots. Now if we can just roll back the other changes, we'll really be getting somewhere.

Nice mock up sjoshuaj! Should be an option as there seems to be various opinions on this part of the car.

What is the function of this grille area anyway? False grilles just provide a place for dirt and snow to collect; real grilles for air are fine, but false grilles are just silly.

And where do we attach our legally required front license plate?

I think that plastic nose cone is going to end up with a several ugly holes in it with big bolts holding my license plate on. Please, for goodness sakes, design a front end with a space for a license plate. Seriously!

@nicu "And where do we attach our legally required front license plate?

That is a question to ask to Franz. I have same concern, it is legally required here too, and there is no good place for it in that front. It looks like best position would be in front of that lower air gap where the real grille is, but in there that would prevent good airflow to the actual cooling system.

Sorry, not nicu, ncn. I need more coffee. And edit-button.

The new grille is a nice combination of engineering requirements and customer feedback. They heard the community loud and clear about the front end and made changes to give folks what they asked for, while at the same time adding the additional cooling they needed. Well done.

"It looks like best position would be in front of that lower air gap where the real grille is, but in there that would prevent good airflow to the actual cooling system."

They did it on the roadster. Look at the gallery. One of the plates looks like it covers up half the grille. I can imagine how the cooling system engineers felt about that one.

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