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

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?

DallasTXModelS | 09. Juli 2012

That seems to be the Model X third row. Where I got the photo said it was the S.

Cattledog | 09. Juli 2012

OK, I'll add another - the bar that splits the pano roof in two and apparently receives the retractable screen. Wow - that thing is huge, ungainly, bright (seen chrome color in videos), and totally out of sync with the rest of the car design.

Help!!! Tesla make that thing feel more integral, please - color it with the headliner, make the retractable screen an option (so the bar can be smaller), anything. Feels like one of those seat bar things that enclose you at amusement park roller coasters.

EdG | 09. Juli 2012

I'll hazard a guess that the bar you want minimized is a structural piece that ensures you won't get crushed if something manages to flip the car or land on it. If so, it's one of the last things they'd change.

jbherman | 09. Juli 2012

@Cattledog: Regarding the panoramic screen housing--I mentioned the exact same concern to George B at my LA test drive. He looked shocked, as if that was an entirely new concern. I told him that it looked and felt cheap and needed to be better integrated into the interior design which, aside from the current lack of a console, is otherwise great. I hope he heard!

Timo | 09. Juli 2012

I wonder why they do not just put same system as in mirrors to that panoramic roof: electrochromatic shading. Flip a virtual switch in console and get shaded. Or do they already and that mechanical screen is on top of that?

Volker.Berlin | 09. Juli 2012

IMO they should scrap that retractable screen altogether. The panoramic roof is so dark that I really have no use for an additional screen. It just takes up space, looks ugly, and is a possible source for a rattling noise.

As always, others may think differently. :-)

Volker.Berlin | 09. Juli 2012

Timo, you mean like Mercedes' "Magic Sky Control" which they use in their SLK? (Google for it, there are some videos out there.) No, Tesla does not use anything like that, at least not that I'm aware of.

Timo | 09. Juli 2012

That's the one. Same technology, but Tesla-sized roof.

jbherman | 09. Juli 2012

+ 1 to scrap the screen. I test drove on a sunny day in LA and saw no need for a screen.

sagebrushnw | 09. Juli 2012

It would be nice if the backside of the front and rear door openings were SMOOTH instead of the way they are designed with “ribs” on them (the continuation of the arm rest of the door design). With them not being smooth it is definitely a “wear” point. Noticed that there was already a lot of wear on these spots, front and rear, on the Beta model I sat in on July 2nd.

If the front seat is all the way back or near that position, it is very uncomfortable getting in or out of the car. The back seat is located in a fixed position behind the door opening and suffers the same fate.

I am a large guy and realize that I need to “downsize”, but was so disappointed to “discover” the “ribs” making entrance and exit of the Model S more complicated than necessary.

The rear door could use a longer opening at the bottom to facilitate entrance and exit but the car would have to be longer.

Love the design and looks of the car overall and can’t wait to drive one.

Incredulocious | 09. Juli 2012

Just one thing? Okay... make it a little smaller. Which would in turn make it lighter and more efficient. As is, it's big (at least on the outside, I'm 6'4") and it's heavy and not as efficient as it could be due to its size and weight. (Compare miles/kWh to others.)

It's certainly fast but not what I'd call "nimble". Yes, I test drove the non-performance version in Fremont. I'm thinking more of a BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 or even as small as the A3 I used to own before I got my LEAF. I know, I know, wait for the Gen III... but I don't wanna wait!! ;-) Heck, that's why I got my LEAF! And Audi is dragging their heels on the electric A3.

So still, kudos to Tesla!! I just wish it was more the car for me. (Do I have to wear a suit to drive this executive-styled sedan? ;-)

For what it's worth, my Tesla copilot mentioned that he and many other employees at Tesla are also small sporty car owners and fans and reminded me that generation III is coming....

And the second thing? All Wheel Drive. Please.

scottjenney | 08. Januar 2013

Upgrade the computer system to use Nvidia Tegra 4.

Captain_Zap | 08. Januar 2013

I would make it capable of playing the Led Zeppelin "Celebration Day" and Rush "2112" discs that I got from Santa this year...and my other fabulous 5.1 DTS music too.

Dr. Bob Reinke | 09. Januar 2013

We would like to have a true 300 mile range at freeway speed. (65mph)

Without that, we need a connector for a range extender trailer.

Vawlkus | 10. Januar 2013

I'd want a scanner/camera up front so when I'm behind some smoking ICE I can take picture with its plate visable and file a noise/smell complaint with the cops online }B)

weeandthewads | 10. Januar 2013

If we are dreaming, why not have it Wifi electricity enabled. Electricity delivered to the car wirelessily, much like data is delivered. The only use for the battery would be tunnels, parking structures or poor reception. Just dreaming.

Shelmire | 10. Januar 2013

We will look back on the tall rectangular screen and smile...the same smile we get when we see an Apple Lisa today. It will look bulky and prehistoric. Technology just hasn't caught up, and the design team did the best they could under the circumstances.

Cattledog | 10. Januar 2013

Each one would come with a Cattledog.

Brian H | 10. Januar 2013

Dr. Bob;
A trailer would destroy the Cd, and slash mileage, probably more than it would contribute. And require an serious re-engineering of the power system. Wait for bigger batteries and/or more Superchargers.

Brian H | 10. Januar 2013

typo: require a serious ...

HClark | 10. Januar 2013

It should fly.

Vawlkus | 11. Januar 2013

Elon's working on that }B)

tobys1 | 14. Januar 2013

Tesla could paint the 'nose cone' the same color as the body, causing it to be less 'grill-like'.

vouteb | 14. Januar 2013


Cattledog | 14. Januar 2013
Brian H | 15. Januar 2013

A red nose?

Achilz | 15. Januar 2013

Superchargers closer to, or in, major metropolitan areas would be great, in order to facilitate overnight trips. Also, I would prefer if Tesla moves to an open architecture platform for chargers, so that every gas station or McDonalds could install a charging outlet (even on a fee-for-use basis). The major barrier to owning a Model S is not range anxiety but convenience. Until 240v outlets become as common as 110v outlets, it's going to remain a problem. I don't think TSLA is going to survive if they have to self-finance the build-out of a nation-wide supercharging network (albeit a super-cool, solar-powered and free network). In the meantime, I'm willing to pay a few bucks to charge up a the local strip mall when I'm spending a week in Cape Cod, because the alternative is leaving the Model S at home and renting a gas guzzler.

As far as design of the car itself, I love the exterior styling and wouldn't change a thing, except for two features. First, the door handles need to pop out when you approach the car, or the door should open when you touch it. Second, we need electronically retractable side view mirrors.

Design wise, the interior needs to be juiced up. It's very nice but also very 1st generation. It's not designed to be an every-day driver or family car. We need a place to put sunglasses, pens, gum and the other detritus of every day life. Better arm rests, gazillion-way adjustable seats, back seat heat warmers and adaptive cruise control should be in the plans. Maybe better leather or some other accents. For example, some simple piping doesn't seem like such a luxury that it should only be available on the $100K performance model. I agree that if they made the interior like the beta it would be killer.

Finally, I'd say the internal electronics could use some fun stuff, like customizable skins, options to rearrange elements, gif-type emblems. You know, totally unnecessary stuff that makes it fun to personalize a computer. The other car companies would be falling all overthemselves to try to keep up.

Brian H | 15. Januar 2013

Re charging, you're mixing all sorts of things up. TM has no hand in 240V outlets, and they are overnight options anyway for most people. The Supercharger stations and units cost TM peanuts, especially in view of the marketing benefits. SolarCity installs and operates the solar supply and manages all the $$ flows for power bought and sold. TM's bottleneck is approved sites. They have hardware and crews sitting around waiting.

Tylyoung | 24. Januar 2013

Tesla Model S Luxury Sports Sedan

Pano roof: Sun shades.
Frunk: self closing latch, cargo net should be standard equipment, foul weather mat.
Interior: plush it out, foul weather mats all around-cargo area-well. Sun shades. Multiple sun visors with linear travel capability. LED selectable color for mood lighting/entrance etc. ACooling seats. Noise canceling settings.
Rear seating: Center pull down arm rest. Adjustable recline.
Rear window: Full down.
Door handles: Presentation of drivers side only on walk up/door ajars - FOB 2clicks both-3LR- 4th click on fob-all. Auto close doors (like the trunk)
FOB: 1 or 2... holder specific fob's... car preps seating for entrance, steering wheel positioning, mirrors lighting, etc.
Parking: Distance senors. tighter turning radius.
17": one button turns it into our phone.. full interface. Lat-long, Altimeter for current lat-long. Outside air temp. World clocks. Valet mode.
Rear camera: lines.
Mirrors: auto retract selectable.
Phone app: long over due!

Brian H | 24. Januar 2013

Swipe-controlled electronic visors built into the windshield. ;)

GeirT | 24. Januar 2013

+100kWh battery

daddyfixit | 19. Oktober 2013

One thing I would change:
Part 1:
Those little bumps of the interior that protrude into the door openings (Little in the front Big in the rear door openings); find a way to engineer them away. In virtually every store/showroom Model S I've seen, they are all worn down. I understand that a zillion people get in and out of those cars, yet if the bumps were not there in the first place, there would be nothing to wear out.

Make the rear seats easier to get in and out of. Open the door wider, fix the aforementioned bump, simply design the rear doors a bit bigger/longer on the lower dimensions.

I know these are major body design changes, but scratch your heads a bit and maybe in the 2015 Model S you'll have them fixed up nicely.

jeffgelineau | 19. Oktober 2013

Power open and close on the Frunk!

sagebrushnw | 19. Oktober 2013

@ daddyfitit

Hear Hear on both parts!

sagebrushnw | 19. Oktober 2013

@ daddyfixit

Sorry about the mistype of your name.

daddyfixit | 20. Oktober 2013

No worries about my name. Needless to say, I fix things. .. And those bumps NEED to be fixed.

What are your thoughts on the interior?

Thor-Egil | 20. Oktober 2013

Definitely the front grille/nose cone. Looks like a temporary dummy...

rune.grimstad | 20. Oktober 2013

Heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and front HD camera for parking assistance. Steal some BMW features