Help me decide on exterior color

Help me decide on exterior color

I am about ready to put in my order and can't decide on Black, Red or Blue. Just wondering if anyone chose a color that they wound up not liking. Any feedback on best looking colors would be greatly appreciated!

Tâm | June 12, 2013

I think all color look gorgeous on your Model S.

If you want me to make a decision for you, I would choose red for you. Why pay less for Black or Blue when you could pay for more for Red?

I chose black because I was running out of funding for the extra cost.

But if I had more money, I would not have chosen a "included" color.

I've been driving for the past 5 months and I am happy with the black color decision. Others, friends and strangers alike, also love my car.

vouteb | June 13, 2013

Red is snazzy/preppy
Blue is classy
Black is boring
Sig Red is the best

ChristianG | June 13, 2013

The multicoat red is lighter than the signature and it will turn many heads just for the color. After choosing between the excact same colors like you I thought that I'm probably not extrovert enough for the red and finally settling for blue

amirm | June 13, 2013

If you are in a hot climate go for a lighter color. A/c is not great and dark colors will be a problem. I have a white and love it.

TheAustin | June 13, 2013

I think the grey is the most beautiful exterior color, but I went with blue because I LOVE the grey interior, and I just couldn't bring myself to get a car that was grey inside and out (It's bad enough that I've got it on top of my head already ;) The blue ext/grey int/matte obeche combo is just gorgeous, I'm very happy with my choice. So, there's a vote for blue (but it also depends on your interior choices.).

As for the other colors you mentioned, personally I've never loved black or red cars...I like a bit of contrast, and black cars look a little too monochromatic, and red cars have always felt a bit to flashy for me. I HATED the signature red, but I have to say that the multicoat red looks pretty sharp...I would never get it, but if you like red cars, it's a nice choice too. So, depending on your interior color choices, my top three votes are: Blue, grey, red.

ramtaz | June 13, 2013

WHITE: People who prefer white cars and white accessories can be perfectionists, and like for things to be neat, clean and orderly. It can also mean that you enjoy simplicity and have a pure and youthful outlook on life.

• RED: Red is a very bold colour choice that stands out in the crowd. It can mean that you are a passionate person or that you can be quick to anger. It creates feelings of excitement, and intensity. It could also mean that you have a bit of a dramatic streak.

• BLACK: If you prefer black items, you might be showing the world that you are a very conservative person who prefers a classic appearance over trendy or flashy items. It is a powerful colour and means

that you would like to be taken seriously as a professional in your career and in life.

ramtaz | June 13, 2013

BLUE: This is typically a calm and relaxed colour. You may have chosen this shade because you are generally an easy going person or, possibly, because you would like to be calmed down and this is a great way for you to incorporate some serenity into your everyday life.

Eletrek | June 13, 2013

Dependent on personal taste but I thought car looked best in Signature Red (only first 1000) and Black. I have Signature Red.

rgreenway | June 13, 2013

Got the new multi coat red color w lt gray interior, and LOVE IT! My wife always wanted a red car, but I resisted on my Nissan 350Z roadster, on our Acura RL, and on the Chevy Volt I was driving before our Model S arrived. Red looks good on Ferraris and some other cars, but on some it doesn't in my opinion.

On the Model S it looks GREAT! With the pano roof being black, it has just the right amount of red (not sure how I would like it without the black glass roof). And the combination with the gray interior is spectacular.

Of course, this is a very personal decision, and I am sure you will be very happy whichever color you choose!

Svante | June 13, 2013

No one ever mentions green... Am I the only one having a liking for that color? :-)

ir | June 13, 2013

@svante: I chose green and love it! From a color shifting / lighting perspective, it's the most "complex" color, going from black -> grey -> green depending on the lighting.

Wife & I literally spent half a day in the Menlo Park store trying to decide on the color. :P

All: Try to look at the colors on real cars, the paint chips do not do these colors justice! The Menlo Park store usually has 1 car of each color in the showroom or in the repair bay.

Tâm | June 13, 2013

We do appreciate your green car, green technology :)

I got a black Model S in the hot Southern California and you can remotely open your sunroof, pre-cool your car with no problem. You still want to do that with any color anyhow :)

kback | June 13, 2013

The red is gorgeous and will turn the most heads, but like some others above, I'm not a red car kind of guy! Black, dark blue and dark green are hard to keep looking good in the Northeast - they will look dirty most of the winter due to ice/sand/slush/snow from the roads. That's why I stayed away from those. The no car wash rule makes it tough to do dark colors in areas with cold snowy winters.

I got grey, with the grey interior(I know, @TheAustin, sounds boring,) and I think the car is gorgeous inside and out.

I don't think you can go wrong with any color, but if you're a red car kind of guy, do the red.

hademarco | June 13, 2013

I got black and I love it, but if I were to order another one, I'd get the blue. I saw a blue one when I was picking up my black one and the color on the blue seem to have more depth. The red I saw on the street, it looks really hot, but not for me.

Mathew98 | June 13, 2013

I'm on the road about 4 hours a day to cover 50 miles. In a sea of grey/black/white/blue, I hardly see any red vehicles in NY metro area. Oh yeah, there's tons of yellow cabbies out there too.

My previous cars have been beige, light blue, green, and metallic blue. None of the color really scream I had any personality.

I choose the MC Red as it stands out in the crowd of mundane colors and it helps with the mid life crisis too! Plus the multi coat treatment allow the car to shine with different shade of red depending of the amount of light on the car.

Ultimately, it all really depends on which stage of life you're in. Do you want to the car to blend with the crowd, appear sophisticated, or to show off this elegant masterpiece?

Reilly McHugh | June 13, 2013

@matthew i'd argue that no matter the color, the MS will stand out in the crowd...

Mathew98 | June 13, 2013

@Reilly McHugh - This is the only authorized mistress I'm allow to have... It was a tough sell to the boss, aka da wife.

SD Supercharger | June 13, 2013

"• BLACK: If you prefer black items, you might be showing the world that you are a very conservative person who prefers a classic appearance over trendy or flashy items. It is a powerful colour and means

that you would like to be taken seriously as a professional in your career and in life."

I love the black because it goes with the nose cone and the sun roof. I am not conservative, not interested in a classic appearance, and hope nobody takes me seriously.

Just had a c-quartz finish put on it and it really pops.

machmike | June 13, 2013

We have just about one of each color between our two sites at work.

My opinion:

The worst:
Silver and White just don't compliment the design, the curves get lost.

The Middle:
Red: Signature = Amazing.
Standard Red = meh..I got sick of looking at pretty quick. Tan leather is almost a must with this color.

Grey: Almost Amazing. I keep going back and forth on this color. Some days it is my favorite. If you go grey get the pano roof or use the option and have the roof painted black to break the color up a bit. Grey requires the owner to make the wheels and interior compliment. Go cloth, or tan leather and 21". My Xterra is close to this color. The paint holds up VERY well and doesn't look terrible when the car is really dirty like Black and Blue cars do.

The Best:
Green - Typically green cars make me want to vomit. The Tesla Green is something else. Absolutely amazing! I can't say enough about how blown away i was by the depth and it's ability to look grey, black in different lighting.

Black: Classic and always very nice. Tesla black is fantastic. Right now I'm 50/50 green or Black.
Blue: Very nice. Reminds me of a better Saab 93 blue. When clean it is beautiful.

I'm personally stuck on color choices as well: Black/Green and sometimes Grey.

cloroxbb | June 13, 2013

My choice is the Green. I love the fact that its not an incredibly popular car color. The green looks the best for my tastes but I would be happy with any of the colors. I am getting the green with the black leather interior.

rtb | June 13, 2013

Any browns? I am going with blue--the paint chips don't do it justice on the website--but in person it is very nice.

AmpedRealtor | June 13, 2013

I love black, but I've had it so many times that I'm aching for a change and every blemish shows. I had silver and white - ho hum. Current vehicle is a grey metallic so have lived with this color for the last five years. I've always wanted red but it never felt appropriate before... but this is going to be my dream car once it's in my driveway so I'm going red! :) God help me with speeding tickets!

jjs | June 13, 2013

I have blue and would not change. I have seen all the other colors and not too many I don't like, but blue is still my favorite.

The blue is fairly complex too, as mentioned regarding green above. Shows differently depending upon the light.

The only other colors I might consider are green, it really is striking and I would agree it is the most complex of the colors, or either of the reds. I like them both.

However the color you will be seeing the most is white, the white on the faces of your passengers when you "punch" it and all the blood flows back away from their faces, accompanied by that curious Tesla grin.

Best of luck with you selection.

Tom A | June 13, 2013

On paper, and with swatches in the showroom, it's hard to say. I saw the sig red in person when a Beta debuted at the DC store a few years ago. The best color for the car, I think. By contrast, the multi-coat red is too much for my taste.

I really like the shade of blue, but I haven't seen a blue one yet. Based on the design studio, however, I thought that the blue clashed with all the black portions (around the taillights, the front bumper, etc.).

I have seen a black - it's slick and classy. I would be happy with that.

I saw a gray one up close - didn't like it...seemed too drab to me.

I didn't know that the green was chameleon-like...very interesting...that would be worth seeing in person.

I think the chrome trim complements both the MC white and the silver, and the black portions don't look out of place as much to me.

Well, I just rambled without much help...let those who have a Model S cast their opinions...

wraithnot | June 13, 2013

We went with the blue and I'm really happy with it. I originally thought it was too close to black, but under the right lighting conditions, it is absolutely gorgeous. The only downside is you have to be REALLY careful when washing it to avoid swirl marks and you also have to keep it really clean for it to look its best. I imagine the upkeep required for black would be similar. White or gray would be lower maintenance. I wouldn't mind if the blue was a tiny bit lighter, but I have absolutely no desire to change to a different color in the current Model S palette.

TI Sailor | June 13, 2013

In this day of evermore distracted drivers, the mc red is the one most likely to be noticed by those thinking of pulling out or turning left in front of you. That's the reason I plan to use when someone asks if I'm going through my mid- to late-life crisis. :0

JohhnyS | June 13, 2013

The silver goes very well with the chrome on the car and silver 21" wheels. We have the gray leather which is very light. The HOV stickers do not stand out as much on the light colors.

carlf9121 | June 13, 2013

I went with the classic look (black exterior, 21" silver wheels and grey leather interior). I always wanted a black car but my prior vehicles I drove (Lexus RX, BMW 5) just didn't have that eye catching appeal & differential in Black as the MS does. It's an eye magnet.
I plan to keep my P85 into my retirement in 10+ years so that's why years down the road, when my taste may change, the classic look will still remain in style.

ramtaz | June 13, 2013


TrikinCurt | June 13, 2013

I had brown up until 11:30pm the night it was going to be non-changeable. I saw a youtube video of the red and changed my order!

Unfortunately no dealership here yet and when I drove to Chicago I could only see blue and white. Wanted to see brown in person!

Mark Z | June 13, 2013

I love seeing all the colors when the Model S is serviced. So many deliveries and its easy to view many colors in the customer accessible parking lot when it exists at a Tesla Service Center. Got to compare my Sig Red to MC Red and love both. Heat wise, the AC really delivers when set at 66 or lower, so quick cool downs are possible.

Color is a wonderful personal choice. When you see a sun lit photo of your choice or the car in daylight, does it make you happy? Silver wheels look great with any color, black wheels need to be seen in person to make sure. Keep looking and choosing, but keep a first choice in mind and compare with that. After the final decision, you don't want to look back with endless debate. Your color should be an affirmation that you made the right choice.

One more thing...sodium "yellow" parking lot lights turn the Sig Red, black! View the colors in daylight to make your choice easier.

hademarco | June 13, 2013

@TrikinCurt, great choice. No offense to others who got the brown, but brown looks very old fashioned.

cool_sni | June 13, 2013

I think most people went through this dilema, but at the end you would definitely be happy with whatever color you will select.
I haven't seen anybody regretting about their choice.

Bubba2000 | June 13, 2013

I am about to place my order for a P85. The colors that I like are:
1. Pearl White - It reflects the heat the most and I live in hot climate. Less load on the AC. Dirt shows less. Interior, I thinking gray. The tan is too yellow. Black cooks in the summer.
2. Silver - Reflects the sun well. Less load on AC. Little dull. Grey interior.
3. Red - I got that on my Porsche with black interior, and looks nice on it. Not sure it is ok on a 4 door sedan. Sure, if I was getting a Ferrari 458 that would be my choice with tan interior!

I am getting too practical with my age. I am getting regular tires, because I do not want to feel the pot holes, or change tires every 12,000 miles.

On the X, I would get Silver, and Grey interior.

Brian H | June 13, 2013

Saw all the colours in the Vancouver service center. The one that drew me most was brown; it was so rich and deep it invited caressing.

edoubler1 | June 14, 2013

I am also having the same dilemma. A friend has a grey one, and it looks sharp. I've changed my mind several times between a couple of colors, but am now leaning towards a navy blue P85 with black interior with the 19" wheels.
I called Tesla to ask about them being able to send out color samples, or a brochure with color samples in it like every other car company does. The woman that I talked with reached out to their marketing and sales groups and called me back saying that they can't do that.
Would be great for them if they could send out small color samples to those who put down a deposit. They could get them back when the car is delivered. Would help with the color anxiety!

pebell | June 14, 2013

I've ordered my Tesla in brown. A leap of faith, because in the Netherlands there has been no way to see the actual car in that color. But I like the pictures and YouTube video's I saw very much. Also I've noticed a lot of brand new high-end cars on the road here in dark brown lately - brown seems to be "the new white".

My biggest problem with this color is that it doesn't seem to match with any of Tesla's interior colors other than black. Brown and grey is a "fashion no-no", and the tan, being fairly "yellow", also seems to clash with the brown.

I would love it with Signature white interior, and I think it was a poor decision by Tesla to make one of the two interior colors that go well with _any_ exterior color only available on the first few cars.

wcalvin | June 14, 2013

Thorsten Veblen (early 20thC writer) would have said:

--White and Black [clothing, in his argument] demonstrate that you do not have to work with your hands and that you have a valet to deal with keeping things clean every day. Ditto clean fingernails, etc.

--Flashy colors suggest a "Hey! Look at me!" mentality or a prostitute.

Any physicist would say:
--Black if you live with cold winters and mild summers.
--White or silver if summer heat is your big problem.

Defensive driving suggests:
--White/Silver for visibility to other drivers. (Daytime driving lights have made this somewhat less important.)

Lou in SoCal | June 14, 2013

My personal opinion:

Black - looks best and most sporty but can't deal with the swirl marks. Have had two black cars and no matter how well you care for it, you will always have the swirl marks.
Blue - too close to black. will get swirl marks as well.
Red & Sig Red - not a fan
Brown - like the color but may hurt resale due to not being as popular
Green - not a fan at all. Had one green car in the past and regretted it the entire time I owned it.
Silver - typically like silver but didn't do it for me for this car
Grey - the paint seems a little dull but definitely was my second choice. If I had to do it over again, I'd be 50/50.
White - This is what I went with. Always wanted a white car. Generally not a sporty color but with the 21" wheels and dark tint, it's there.

David70 | June 14, 2013


I also went with brown without seeing it on the car. However, I did see it on the sample in the Seattle store. I've seen RobLab's custom brown and loved it. He seemed to think the metallic brown is also a beautiful color. He probably would have gotten it, if it had been available on a Sig. I'll find out myself in about two weeks.

Chunky Jr. | June 15, 2013

@ Svante

I also have green. Was leaning towards blue, but when I saw green at the Menlo Park store, it was a no-brainer to pick that color. I haven't seen many around.

HenryT2 | June 17, 2013

I'm not a red car kinda guy, but I have the MC Red. I think it's the best color for the car. I was originally going with the black, but it just didn't show off the lines of the car very well. I think the red shows off the lines the best. Not sure if it'd be the right car without the panoramic. But with, the black, red, chrome combo is gorgeous.

That being said, it is LOUD. Very eye-catching. My neighbor described it as "lipstick red". I think she was referring to the red lipstick that you'd wear with stilletos. Yeah, that's a good description.

However, I wanted a color that showed off the car to it's best advantage. I liked the grey, but too boring. I liked the green, but I wasn't sure how it would look in real life (it's actually very nice). In the Seattle area, I didn't want the Pearl White. So, I ended up with red. I would have preferred the Signature Red, but having seen both now in person, I think the MC Red is a better fit for the car.

Mathew98 | June 17, 2013

@HenryT2 - I'm with you there. I just picked up my S60 MC Red, Pano, air, w/ jump seats this past Saturday.

OMG, It has been thrill rides all weekend!!! My neighbors couldn't stop talking about the gorgeous red beast. Some thought that it was a 2drs coupe. From all the test drives given this weekend, the number one complaint has been: "Where is the 'Oh Shit' handle?"

Even strangers walking, cycling, or driving by were giving non stop kudos. There is a different shade of red visible based on the amount of light shining on the car. It is the brightest in direct sun light. It becomes a bit darker in the shades. It is literally glowing in moonlight at night. There's a long thread in TMC forum about the MC Red color.

mike | June 17, 2013

Go, Grey.


JPPTM | June 17, 2013

Mathew--interesting, my 'test riders' all had the same reaction, looking for something to grab on to. And a few of my 'test riders' actually went pale, maybe not as much from the G forces sucking the blood out of their face as the panic/terror of previously not experienced auto performance. Fun all around! And, yes, I have the 'arrest me' red and love the color change depending on the lighting.

hademarco | June 17, 2013

so johnyoung1234, what did you end up ordering?

GROC288 | June 17, 2013

For what is worth, I ordered the "new" red and as one lady put it to me..."thats my lipstick red!" I love the color...

jorankro | June 17, 2013

First off all I have not order myself a Tesla Mosel S yet, but I`m really thinking about it, and have booked me in for test drive her in Norway. Just have hard time with my self to sell my 2011 Passat CC R-line that I "love". But Tesla look not so unlike the CC I think. When it comes to colors I have just seen them on YouTube, but so far I like the Signature Red and Brown most and would choose one of these if I had put in a order today. Anyway I have no problems with any of the others colors.

jorankro | June 17, 2013

Not Mosel, but Model. Sorry for that. ;-)

Garth | June 17, 2013

I choose green without having ever seen it in person, pick up on Thursday... I also considered Brown, but without seeing it on a car, I thought I would either like it a lot or hate it.

Someone posted a video online which showed what green looks like in the shade: