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Has anyone actually purchased the aero wheels?

Has anyone actually purchased the aero wheels?

I've seen some threads discussing how they look etc, but have not seen comments by any actual purchasers of that option. Would like to get thoughts of aero owners. Happy? Not?

Or has no one bought them at all? That would probably tell me all I need to know :)

Flyshacker | 26 September, 2013

I plan to get Aero wheels when I order closer to January. I will post about them.

Alex K | 26 September, 2013

I have an order in to replace my 21" wheels with Aero wheels. I thought the paint on the wheels was black. But I saw a car at the service center and the wheels are actually a dark gray. So someone has purchased them. There are also pictures (and discussions) at TMC regarding Aero wheels (Aero wheels

Alex K | 26 September, 2013

Sorry - forgot width="600"

GDH | 26 September, 2013

eeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

jbunn | 26 September, 2013

It burns! it burnnnnsss!

omarsultan.ca.us | 26 September, 2013

Kinda looks like a Hot Wheels :)

GDH | 26 September, 2013

Looks like something from Tron, in a bad way.

AoneOne | 26 September, 2013

I have them on my blue S 85 and have only compliments, but maybe those who don't like them are too polite to say so. Or maybe my fellow engineers appreciate their efficiency.

I do agree that they are radically different from the other, bladed designs: they look much less sporty.

I bought them for that difference: their smooth profile is very consistent with the retracting door handles and the overall elegance of the design.

Your opinion may, and probably does, differ.

GDH | 26 September, 2013

^^ post a pic of them on your S

Joe H. | 26 September, 2013

I want to order these next year for the winter tires on my black S.

AoneOne | 26 September, 2013

It looks just like the picture above.

mrspaghetti | 26 September, 2013

I'm still trying to decide whether I like them. It will depend on the color of the car for sure. I think they would look better on a black car if they were also black.

Schlermie | 26 September, 2013

I saw someone driving out of my neighborhood with them last week. They looked kinda interesting when they were in motion.

Gizmotoy | 26 September, 2013

@mrspaghetti: Agreed. I think the'd probably look great on the whites, grey, and silver... I'm not convinced on the other colors. It's the large grey panels' fault.

RedShift | 26 September, 2013

Oh, pipe down! Paint them silver or chrome and play loud music. If you don't feel people pay you enough attention now, that is.

Still, I kinda dig them, weird. May be its the increased (3%???) range I suppose.

RedShift | 26 September, 2013

@AoneOne

What is the wheel disc made of? Plastic? Metal?

Anonymous | 26 September, 2013

I thought they looked hideous. Now that I see the posted picture I've changed my mind. I think they look pretty good on the vehicle.

Brit.l.T | 26 September, 2013

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NYC Realtor | 26 September, 2013

Aero wheels are hard to make cool but I think BMW were on to something with the first E34 M5 aerodynamic wheels:

http://motoringconbrio.com/2009/12/08/function-over-form-bmw-m-system-tu...

TeslaLandShark | 26 September, 2013

Love the hot wheels comment, that's exactly what they remind me of!

olanmills | 26 September, 2013

They are ugly. If you buy them or have bought them, I know it will very much pain you to think of olanmills and how he thinks your wheels are super ugly every time you look at them, but you're just going to have to live with that.

Next, we must shame the designer who came up with these.

Alex K | 27 September, 2013

@olanmills | SEPTEMBER 26, 2013: I know it will very much pain you to think of olanmills and how he thinks your wheels are super ugly every time you look at them, but you're just going to have to live with that. Next, we must shame the designer who came up with these.

Yes, I will think of you every time I get 15 miles more range (Aero wheel + LRR tire combo).

As far as the designer is concerned, I agree with you. The wheels look like they were designed in a vacuum with no regards as to how they look on the car. I can live with the funky look and at worst case switch back to 21" or get new 20" with LRR tires.

mrspaghetti | 27 September, 2013

I went on the design studio last night and showed my wife the 3 different choices for 19" wheels and she picked the aeros as the ones she liked the look of best. Surprising. Note that she did not know the costs of any of the wheels or that they were aero, etc.

I am now seriously considering getting them when I order.

Lou in SoCal | 27 September, 2013

Just not my cup of tea...and when I say that I'm really saying I think tea tastes terrible =)

That's why there's 31 flavors of ice cream. This one, not so much for me.

AoneOne | 18 October, 2013

I guess they weren't popular enough: they've been removed from the Design Studio.

AmpedRealtor | 18 October, 2013

Good. They are just nasty.

chrisdl | 18 October, 2013

Remember when Elon said it costs the same to design a beautiful car as it does to design an ugly one?

Same thing goes for wheels. You can just as well make beautiful wheels which extend the range.

fuellss | 19 October, 2013

I appreciate them a little more after seeing the posted pic..I like the fact that they stand out and look different than the turbines, which I usually see on fellow cars, mine included.But to call them ugly is rude..its like telling someone their kid is ugly...just sayin..

chrisdl | 19 October, 2013

Luckily comparing a wheel with a child is not rude at all ;-)

Car t man | 20 October, 2013

It is rude to think that some people have ugly children. Shame on you :)

mrspaghetti | 20 October, 2013

I bet the aero wheels would look pretty badass if they were powder coated black (with other appropriate trim changes to match).

AoneOne | 20 October, 2013

They really look fantastic when the sun reflects off of the flat, metallic sections (the "V"s). I'm guessing that there will be a similar effect when crossing an intersection at night, illuminated by the stopped cars' headlights.

In any case, they're certainly intriguing: When my car was being picked up this morning for the 200+ mile flatbed tow to the nearest service center, the tow-truck driver commented on how unusual they are.

RedShift | 20 October, 2013

AoneOne,

Did you notice the 3% increase in range?

AoneOne | 21 October, 2013

RedShift,

Having never had the standard wheels, it's very hard to tell. However, I have noticed that my energy usage seems relatively insensitive to my speeds on level highways (< 300 Wh/mi @ 70 MPH). Certainly not proof, and probably just the placebo effect. YMMV

fuellss | 21 October, 2013

I asked the Rocklin center about the Areo Friday..I was told they have just been discontinued because no one was ordering them and that Tesla had to cut their losses on them..

Brit.l.T | 21 October, 2013

I ordered them simply for the cartoonish look to them. However being that we are comic book publishers that entertained us.

GoTeslaChicago | 21 October, 2013

"I asked the Rocklin center about the Areo Friday..I was told they have just been discontinued because no one was ordering them and that Tesla had to cut their losses on them.."

Hope that is not the reason, as it seems they were not given much of a chance.

ssarker | 22 October, 2013

Saw them on a grey Model S at the Service Center today. They definitely what you notice first on the car.

Alex K | 24 October, 2013

I wanted to replace my 21" wheels with the Aero wheels and Primacy tires, primarily so that I would have improved range. About a month ago I called my service center (Scottsdale) to ask if I could order them. They placed an order for them, but told me at the time that Tesla was waiting for center caps for the wheels and they would not ship any out until they got some in. I called diligently every week or so, but was told that the wheels were not available yet. I called on Monday this week after hearing that the wheels were discontinued and asked if there was any hope of the wheels still being available. They had sent several emails to corporate inquiring, but had not gotten any positive responses.

I was starting to look at alternatives this week, since my 21" Continental tires would need replacement soon. I called the service center today and asked again if they had any news. They informed me that since they had not heard anything, that I should make other arrangements. I was resigned to the fact that I should find something else.

To drown my sorrows, I decide to clean my car. As I was cleaning the car, a call came in from the service center with great news! They said that they had just found out that they could get the Aero wheels and that they should be in within a week! They will mount the tires and TPMS and I should be swinging by within a week or so and have my wheels/tires swapped.

So if anyone is still interested in the Aero wheels, I would recommend calling your service center and seeing if they can order them for you.

Joe H. | 24 October, 2013

Alex, if you don't mind me asking, what are they charging for the Aero wheels?

Dripps | 24 October, 2013

I see the Aero wheels with primacy tires (winter weather pkg) are listed on the buy accessories page now.

Alex K | 24 October, 2013

@Joe H. | OCTOBER 24, 2013: Alex, if you don't mind me asking, what are they charging for the Aero wheels?

I don't really know, but was assuming $2500 for the Aero wheels alone. The Primacy tires were quoted at $250 each, which is cheaper than Tire Rack. They also quoted $50 per tire for mounting and Road Force balancing. I'm also getting new TPMS installed ($125 each). So in total, I'm assuming $2500+$1000+$200+$500=$4200. Not a very good deal overall, but I'm looking forward to the better range.

Alex K | 24 October, 2013

@Dripps@mac.com | OCTOBER 24, 2013: I see the Aero wheels with primacy tires (winter weather pkg) are listed on the buy accessories page now.

They are actually not Primacy tires but Pirelli 240 Sottozero tires.