BLACK PAINTED ROOF vs Body Colored Roof vs Panoramic Roof

BLACK PAINTED ROOF vs Body Colored Roof vs Panoramic Roof

Did anybody else see that there was a choice to have the roof of your Model S painted black? Go to the design your Model S design studio and pick a color other than black ...then select roof options. I hope that a black roof is a choice or option and not the standard roof!

Mycroft | November 11, 2011

Yes, it's just a choice. The body color roof and the black roof will probably be the same price.

I'm not sure why anyone would want a black roof on their car, but I guess is some kind of a style statement.

Chaiyawut Keereeto | November 12, 2011

I would like to have panoramic roof. But I need to see the actual thing before I decide. Until then I go for panoramic roof.

JTSEA | November 12, 2011

Chaiyawut Keereeto: I have seen the panaoramic roof on the alpha and the beta car in person and it is really nice. Now that the panoramic roof is officially listed as an option and not a standard feature I hope it is not priced too high. We got to sit in the back seat of the beta version with a panoramic roof. The back seat head room and leg room were a bit cramped and I fear it may be worse with a solid roof.

Chaiyawut Keereeto | November 12, 2011

@JTSEA I'm in Thailand, so I'm concerned about solar-load transfer. I hope infrared coating is sufficient as they said "reduce solar load to 20%". And I hope it would look premium.

How tall are you, JTSEA? Since you're Caucasian, head room and leg room might be a bit cramped for you. But averagely Asians are not as tall as you, so it might not be a problem. Still have to wait and see though. :)

cytek | November 12, 2011

Tesla rep told me that there will be a sunroof option without purchasing a panorama roof. I know MB, BMW, Audi all have glass sunroof as standard equipment. Panorama option on MB only cost $1000 extra. If Tesla overprices $2000 more than MB's price, I will have to go with the black roof with a sunroof instead of panorama. Let's hope they match the pricing of options similarly to MB and competitors.

By the way, I love the Magic Sky roof technology available on new MBs that's extremly impressive. Tesla should include this neat technology on its Model S panorama glass roof!

Chaiyawut Keereeto | November 13, 2011

@cytek This is electrochromic glass or smart glass. The same technology used in luxury cars' side mirrors to reduce glare.

It's quite interesting to have smart glass as a roof, anyway.

Geoff2013 | November 17, 2011

I second that I hope that the black roof is not the standard option. All great comments!


Mycroft | November 17, 2011

No, it won't be.

Brant | November 17, 2011

There is some evidence that the black roof may be the standard option.

1) The black roof is to the left of a bar separating the other 2 options. This is the same format used to seperate the paint and wheel standard & upgrade options.
2) If I remember correctly the Roadster had a hardtop option and it was more for the body colored one over a black one.

Just an observation...

BYT | November 17, 2011

I want panoramic but if it's cost prohibitive, I'll go with what I hope is that standard painted option to match the car

stephen.kamichik | November 17, 2011

Get the car in black and the roof will match.

EdG | November 17, 2011

Henry Ford is back.

Brian H | November 17, 2011

Any color of black you want ...

Peak Oil bruin | November 19, 2011

Keereeto - I sat in front and back of the beta S. The back seat head and leg room is noticeably compromised for me when sitting in front (seat all the way back). I am 6'4" 210 lbs.

nhurst | November 19, 2011

What is the difference in front seat headroom between the sunroof and the standard top?

Capt601 | November 19, 2011

On Facebook just after the factory open house, a tesla representative responded that their is not a cost difference for the 3 different roof options. I had mentioned to someone in the post that the panoramic roof was an option and the tesla rep replyed that their was no cost difference between the 3.

Volker.Berlin | November 19, 2011

Capt601, that's some real news. I'll believe it when I see it.

Capt601 | November 20, 2011

I agree. See oct 10 facebook post by tesla motors. Titled 2012 tesla model s test ride- motor trend. Read down the comments where someone asked "retractable glass panoramic roof (standard equipment"- is that true? Tesla motors responded back in next post " it sure is!"
I don't believe it is true either, but that would be nice cause the options could add up real quick

stephen.kamichik | November 20, 2011

It looks like the black roof option was removed from the design studio.

stephen.kamichik | November 20, 2011

The black roof option is available on the signature only (according to design studio).

Mycroft | November 20, 2011

No, it's still there. But if you select black for paint color, then the black roof option disappears.

Evidently, they use the same color as the black paint option for the black roof option with other colors. So they're not going with matte black or anything like that.

Frankly, if it were me, and I wanted a black roof with a different color body, I would get the body colored roof and then have the roof coated with vinyl. That way the roof can be body colored or black, depending on my mood down the road.

Also, a black roof might limit sale-ability a bit. So it's nice to have the option to remove the vinyl.

BYT | November 21, 2011

Get a white body with a black roof and your look like a police car coming down the highway, just might clear the road in front of you as an added bonus... ;)

brianman | November 21, 2011

Nah, it's guaranteed to build a traffic jam in front of you as people slow down to avoid a ticket.

Discoducky | November 27, 2011

FYI, the guy that posted the "It sure is" comment to the panoramic option on Facebook does not appear to work for or be associated with Tesla Motors. So I'm still counting on spending 2K or so on that option.

For reference:

Peter Spirgel | December 21, 2011

Did anyone else notice the new description of the Panoramic Roof on the options page? It now says "manual sunshades and wind buffet INCLUDED." (emphasis added). Previously, they specifically said that there would not be any sunshade. If I'm reading this correctly, this is a nice change by Tesla as I wanted this option but was concerned about sun glare.

brianman | December 21, 2011

Yah, probably cheap to include to address a huge concern for some buyers.

Volker.Berlin | December 22, 2011

Peter, I missed that, thanks for pointing it out. Remarkable! It's good news for two reasons: For one, it's a very useful addition, and second, it seems to show (once again) that Tesla listens. That's a way to build confidence. :-)

Soflauthor | December 22, 2011

@Volker.Berlin: and second, it seems to show (once again) that Tesla listens

Agreed. Many of us expressed concern about that. I probably would have passed on the pano roof. Now, with the sun shade, it's on my list for sure.

I just hope that TM also "listened" to comments on the betat interior and and will make serious modifications to the design.

olanmills | December 22, 2011

The only time I ever close the shade on my sunroof is (oddly enough) when it isextrememly sunny. During the middle of the day in the summer. when the sun is directly above, even with the tinted glass, you can really feel the heat from the sun unless you close the shade. I leave it open (the shade, not the whole sun roof) all other times.

Brian H | December 22, 2011

"directly above"! You must live very close to the Tropic of Cancer. Up here around 49° latitude even in midsummer the sun is well to the south at noon.


Tabarnouche | January 15, 2015


1. Is the black roof no longer an option?

2. If so, when did that option disappear?

3. Also, if so, do I now have a rare collector's item?

4. Can I retire now?

Bighorn | January 15, 2015

No longer available--possibly since October?

Tabarnouche | January 15, 2015

Thanks, Bighorn. Too bad - I really like the red body with a solid black roof. I guess if I decide to let Tesla repurchase my car in 3 years, I'll be forced to get the pano roof for that "look."

Haggy | January 15, 2015


It comes down to whether people got the black roof because they really, really didn't like the pano roof and didn't think the body colored roof was an acceptable option. If you could find somebody somewhere who would not want the pano roof for reasons other than price and finds the idea of a car with a body colored roof reprehensible, then you will be in luck. But then you'd have to buy a new car at a net loss in funds.

Could you retire before?