I want some bold colors to choose from on my Tesla S. I hope everyone agrees that this car should stand out in design and truly have some unique colors to choose from. I would love to see a yellow, orange and bright green color scheme. Anyone else?

EdG | 02. heinäkuu 2011

Personally, I don't understand how anyone can describe a car color so easily. I guess "Coca Cola red", white or black are described easily enough. But almost any other car color I've seen is much more nuanced. I have to actually see the color on the car before I can decide if I like it at all. I've never seen a (simulated) color palette on a website or in a brochure that matches the actual paint, or my reaction to the actual car color.

If I go to the Tesla showroom and they have a bright lime green car, I'll decide then if I like it and I think I'll still like it in 5 years. (I doubt it, but I'm open to looking!)

daniel1948 | 02. heinäkuu 2011

I hated the "garden-pest green" of my Zap Xebra at first. I bought it because they didn't offer a color I liked, and it was the car available on the lot. Eventually I grew to love it. I think if the car is fun, most colors turn out okay once you get used to them.

My Roadster is "very orange" and I think it's the best possible color on the entire visible spectrum. But I would not want a Model S in this color. Very orange screams "OSTENTATIOUS" which is what this EV rocket is. For a sedan I'd want my usual preferred car color of blue.

David70 | 02. heinäkuu 2011

And Daniel, a verbal description of the car color can be easily misinterpreted. I'll have to wait to see your car before I know what you mean by orange (although it's probably the same as the Roadster I saw in the Seattle Store showroom). Allan's description wasn't orange.

One color I really like was "spectra blue" that came out on the Prius a few years back.

Loek | 02. heinäkuu 2011

I agree that the Model S should be available in a wide range of colors and it must include several real colors. I have to say I personally am tired of all the shades of grey I see. You can call them white, black grey, gun metal, silver, titanium, etc. but in the end they are all grey to me.

I want to see the Tesla's on the road in some real bright colors as well. Athough for this most people will not choose yellow or orange they should be available as well as at least two different variations each on red, blue, and green. Just among reds you could have fire engine, candy apple, and a deep burgundy and they will each appeal to different people.

Persoannly I think I want my Model S in forest green, or possibly even yellow.

daniel1948 | 02. heinäkuu 2011

David: Color naming is an odd and subjective thing. Nobody really knows if we all perceive colors the same. I often apply different names to colors as other people.

But Tesla calls my color "very orange," and to me it is a bright orange. If your visit to the Seattle store was recent, then yes, the demo there is exactly the same color as mine. That was the demo I drove when I went there.

David70 | 03. heinäkuu 2011

That was sometime in early May (when the Prototype was there).

paweldomejczyk | 03. heinäkuu 2011

I clipped a dear with the side of my car, so now I drive a tan car with a black fender and 2 black door. If you don't like the color, go to a paint shop..... say no more.

Roblab | 03. heinäkuu 2011

My wife ordered a Prius in "Moon Blue". It turned out a light Purple Gray. Not a color for some guys.

I have seen 3 colors of yellow on the same day in the parking lot where I work. One could be "Lemon Yogurt", one could be "Buttercup", and one was an orange yellow like the Yellow Trucking Company has for their line, called, no less, "Yellow Yellow". Registered Trademark.

I liked the attitude expressed above "I've got to see it". Reminds me of the little ditty, with apologies:

"I've never seen a Purple Cow,
"I never hope to see one,
"But I can tell you anyhow,
"I'd rather see than *buy* one!"

daniel1948 | 03. heinäkuu 2011

David, I presume by "prototype" you meant "demo." And I'll bet the car you saw was the same one I drove. And my car is exactly the same color. Again, I call it bright orange. How would you describe the color of the car you saw?

I liked the intense blue of one of the color swatches they had on the wall. And I'd not have complained about that blue on a Roadster. But to me, that color belongs on a sedan. The Roadster really needs a bright ostentatious color. And "very orange" fills the bill.

David70 | 03. heinäkuu 2011

No Daniel.

I was talking about the Model S prototype I saw. The orange Roadster was on the showroom floor also. I would just call it orange, but my color sense isn't especially subtle.

Brian H | 04. heinäkuu 2011

did the pore lady survive?

NigelM | 04. heinäkuu 2011

There's a color poll over here:

As expected a wide variety of preferences but amazing how popular the Candy Red (as per the early prototype pics) is.

Kallisman | 04. heinäkuu 2011

I read somewhere that the color used in advertisement for a car is the one that usually turns out to sell most. So they usually show a car with a paint that cost extra.

Slindell | 05. heinäkuu 2011

I'm hoping for transparent aluminum.

cablechewer | 05. heinäkuu 2011

As long as they have a medium to dark blue I will be happy. As was said above I am also really sick of the narrow and conservative colour choices for many cars today. I suppose offering fewer colours saves money for the manufacturer, but you only need about 8-10 colours to cover a wide range of tastes (I have seen some companies offer as few as 4). Hopefully we can have colour selections very similar to what the Roadster has been sold in. I just counted - the Roadster has 13 colours. Not all are going to be suitable for the Model S, but there is a good selection there.

Brian H | 08. heinäkuu 2011

Slindell | July 5, 2011 - 1:00pm new

I'm hoping for transparent aluminum.

How very cetacean of you!


Liz G | 27. elokuu 2011

I finally found the color I would love to have on my Tesla. Found it over on the Aston Martin site on their Virage. Its called Madagascar Orange. Really nice popping color with out being gawdy.

Soflauthor | 27. elokuu 2011

I'd like a minimum of eight color choices, and as important, color samples (at the stores) that are at least 2 ft by 1 ft on a curved aluminum panel. Same goes for interior colors -- provide enough material to make an intelligent choice.

As an aside, it'd be nice if the Model S website allows users to select each color and display the car in that color. Even better, provide a mechanism for a 3D rotational image of the car. I know color via the web is not accurate, but it would be nice to help buyers make the choice.

Kallisman | 29. elokuu 2011

This website funtionality already exist when u configure a roadster, so I see no reason that it won't be available for the Model S too.

Volker.Berlin | 29. elokuu 2011

Will there be an online Design Studio for the Model S similar to the Design Studio for the Roadster?

Franz: Yes, everything we learned from the Roadster Design Studio will be featured in the Model S Design Studio. The new platform will give you the chance to develop your very own Model S.

DartLady S77 | 31. elokuu 2011

I am really hoping for a "Celtic Green". Classy, but unique enough for a ground breaking car like this one. (Hubby wants it to be red, but he's not the one driving it)

Sample of the colour:

Brian H | 31. elokuu 2011

Looks like someone sat in wet muddy grass too long. ;)

Thumper | 03. syyskuu 2011

Bentley has a good selection of colors. I like their Scotia Silver which is a lot like the Ferrari Celeste Metallic which in turn is like Bianchi bicycles Celeste only a bit less saturated. The Bentley Orange Flame is nice too. I hope we are offered some shades other than the completely ordinary.

Brian8 | 04. syyskuu 2011

Seconded on Madagascar Orange from the Aston Martin Virage.

dborn | 05. syyskuu 2011

I second the Madagascar orange from Aston.

dborn | 05. syyskuu 2011

Seconded on Bentley orange flame also - this colour is very similar to Aston

cerjor | 07. syyskuu 2011

We really liked the dark red of the alpha that visited Seattle a while back. Any idea what that is called?

I have been thinking the model S colors might be the same as those on Toyotas.

Robert.Boston | 08. syyskuu 2011

I'd love to see a rich, dark green color, like Bentley's Midnight Emerald or Cumbrian Green. This will be, after all, the ultimate green sedan!

bigsid1970 | 11. syyskuu 2011

I have always like the Englisg Racing Green. But Tesla needs to show the options for exterior color. Im the type of person that needs to know what my options are and be able to test one before I commit any money on a car that has not had any road travel on it.

dborn | 13. syyskuu 2011

As on a different thread, a great suggestion is natural aluminium, clear lacquer coated with painted plastic parts such as fenders and mirrors. Goes with any colour interior! But high tech aluminium accents and black/white leather would be great!

Volker.Berlin | 13. syyskuu 2011

This is the "different thread" dborn mentioned:

Peak Oil bruin | 16. syyskuu 2011

Our magnetic gray Prius suits me fine, however
for the Tesla S I'm leaning towards a Jaguar XJ azurite blue metallic
with the turbine-style wheels featured on the S alpha

ncn | 17. syyskuu 2011

I won't buy black, grey/silver, or red. I'd rather not buy white but I will if those are the only choices.

My first choice is purple, then perhaps yellow, or a nice green (there are ugly greens and nice greens), but I wouldn't mind a striking blue (as opposed to a grey-blue). And I'd consider orange as well (there are ugly oranges and nice oranges).

Frankly I want the car to stand out. Everyone and his brother has black, grey, and red these days.

dborn | 22. syyskuu 2011

Here is a Mercedes in --- wait for it----- White gold!!!!!!
Naturally, owned by someone who is putting our petrodollars to good use!!!!! From Abu Dhabi.

GJamrok | 27. syyskuu 2011

Wondering if this article gives a preview of the Model-S design studio and interior & exterior colors:

Soflauthor | 27. syyskuu 2011

I have to believe it's the real deal. Good catch @GJamrok!

The color pallet for both exterior and interior provides more than enough choices for me, some edgy, some conventional. I'm wondering if the four colors to the left might be "special" colors for Sig edition cars. Likely, those of us holding sig reservations will be able to choose from the entire pallet. Looks like you can order black turbine wheels—not for me, but an interesting look.

The interior colors look very good, but it's difficult to tell what the various shapes really mean relative to interior finish. Any ideas?

I suspect all of this will be revealed the Saturday. I also suspect that the Model S "design studio" will go on-line very, very soon—maybe by next week!

ThomasN | 27. syyskuu 2011

It looks like an exterior Color, interior, and wheel choice have yet to be put on the wall.

Larry Chanin | 27. syyskuu 2011


"I'm wondering if the four colors to the left might be "special" colors for Sig edition cars."

I doubt that the division of colors to the left means anything. Notice that there is a space on the board where the yellow exterior color sample was removed, along with the wheel sample and interior sample. They were placed in the tray together for trying out color combinations.

I'm guessing that the shapes on the right are color accents that fit into the door panel samples on the left.


Klaus | 27. syyskuu 2011

Look at the tray below the screen. You'll notice the missing parts (body, wheel and door panel) that were on the wall. I guess that's how you start designing your Model S.

Klaus | 27. syyskuu 2011

Seems I am being redundant. missed Larry's post.

Volker.Berlin | 28. syyskuu 2011

Can you spot any non-leather interior options?

mwu | 28. syyskuu 2011

I definitely like the deep blue next to the orange, but there are two really dark ones that both look black... curious what the difference is in those.

Volker.Berlin | 30. syyskuu 2011

The available color options have been published for the Model S, and unfortunately (although not surprisingly), polished aluminum is not one of them:

Obviously, the photograph posted above (GJamrok | September 28, 2011) shows options for the Roadster, not the Model S, although I had a fun time imagining my Model S in screaming grass green. :-)

David M. | 01. lokakuu 2011

The burgundy color is only available for the Signature model - crap!

Brian H | 01. lokakuu 2011

The design studio is up:

Very limited so far.

cybercop | 02. lokakuu 2011

Same feeling about the lack of red for the base model. it's PAINT, guys. Stop keeping the good stuff for the rich folks.

Volker.Berlin | 02. lokakuu 2011

cybercop, you should see it the other way around. Even Tesla has to make money somehow. Luckily, some rich guys are happy to shell out extra cash for some different paint, thus helping to keep the price of the base model in a reasonable range. It's a win-win situation! :-) You have to sacrifice something on the base model to be able to give the rich folks some exclusivity that will open up their wallets... And it isn't like the base Model only offers black and white, you still have a reasonable choice of colors to choose from.

cybercop | 02. lokakuu 2011

Right now, I was seeing it as a consumer who fell in love with the red alpha and was so smitten I might have actually bought a $50,000 car. All the comparisons to "other" luxury sedans is pointless for me because I am not buying a BMW 5 or Audi 6. But maybe the moral of the story is to buy the stock, not car.

GJamrok | 02. lokakuu 2011

I was told that the colors currently in the design studio are all 'guaranteed color choices' and that there will be more. In the post model-S beta ride tent that they had you go through at the event last night they had these California Themed color options:

Catalina White
Shasta Pearl White
San Simeon Silver (Metallic)
Tiburon Gray (Metallic)
Anza Brown (Metallic)
Monterey Blue (Metallic)
Sequoia Green (Metallic)
Muir Red (Metallic)
Signature Red (Metallic)
Sierra Black

Note the Muir Red option, I believe this is available for all versions of the vehicle.

Interior options were:

Zuma White
Mojave Tan
Mammoth Black

And Decor Options were:
Piano Black
Banana Leaf

Brian H | 02. lokakuu 2011

2 reds. I wonder what "Muir red" is -- Scots blood-colored? ;)