Just saw it in the design studio :(
Guess there was not enough demand.
Or, conversely, maybe they sold out :)
They were totally ugly I imagine it was lack of interest. The first time the disappeared from the configurator it was either the supplier was having a problem making them or Tesla wasnt happy with the quality of the ones that were made.
Tesla showroom person told me today the Aero wheels were discontinued due to lack of customer interest.
Dang. I wanted them.
I didn't have a problem with them....They were cutting edge actually for a few reasons, but with the general consensus being they were ugly, enough people that didn't personally think so and who may have otherwise considered them opted not to. And let's face it, in this price range buyers of this car are not tending towards the practical type to not care at all what anyone else thinks and accept a perceived negative change in aesthetics for purely functional reasons, at least unlike to the extent a Prius driver might.
Good. Uglies up a beautiful car.
I never saw the aero wheels offered on the Tesla Store like the other wheels are. Did any one who already owns a Model S with different wheels, order them for their cars? It would be interesting to see photos. I saw one photo of a car with the wheels on it, but the wheels were different...perhaps a mock via photoshop? So if anyone has a photo of a Model S with the Aero wheels on them, I would love to see that.
Never saw them as option in the dutch (EU) store. I would have opted for them on 19". Still would like an extra set of rims for winter tires...
To bad, just wait and see what next Tesla comes up with.
I would like to see more 21" options. The turbine design is fine just getting a little tired of seeing the same thing.
Tezzla - well, I guess it's for the best that I decided on the 21's :) I still think those look really cool in a Tron/Big Wheels kinda way.
carlk - +1. There are so many awesome designs out now, it would be nice to be able to get something just a touch different. I was actually hoping for a 21" aerodynamic wheel, but I really doubt that will happen in the near future.
I got the aero wheels on my P85 and they look great. Something between futuristic and old school about them that I love. George Jetson would approve. I did not buy this car to be like other luxury sport sedans and this feature just emphasizes the unique character of the car and it's technology. Glad to see it on the Winter package.
In The Netherlands, Tesla Offered me the Aero wheels for my Winter tyres. They told me the original 19" wheels are not available any more.
My first impression was that they are ugly, but now (thanks to the picture of Tezzla) I hesitate.
Does anybody know if there is any improvement in aerodynamics with these wheels.? (since its closed, in theory i would expect that.??
Original specs said 3% drag reduction.
In "Bjorn's model S videos" he is driving a red S around Norway...interesting video to watch. the car has the aero wheels...personally, I like them. They look purposeful and unusual. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MVp9LXv6Kw
Sorry..the link in my last post is about insulating the pano...this is a link that shows the aero wheels
I have seen them in real world at the Fremont SUper Charger. They are cool looking in person.
I saw them at the Dallas Service Center and I must say we have a very different concept of cool.
I have the Aero wheels and love them. And I get a lot of great compliments on them when people check out the car.
I have them with my Winter's on it now, but I'm thinking I may sell my factory wheels/tires (haven't been used yet), and just swap out a new set of All-Season's on the Aero's once the Winter clears.
Of course. I am from California and you are from the opposite of California.
J/k, :-) I will probably put the lightest wheels and tire combination a year from now when my tires wear out. That should give me the same advantage as aero wheels. While I feel they look cool, they are probably heavy. The middle part is not plastic, but metal. Did not expect that.
I first saw these wheels on Bjorn car in his videos from Norway. I thought they were just an option there.
I then saw them on a car in the Westchester, NY mall.
The sales rep. said the idea behind these wheels was to help with the car's aerodynamics, but they didn't sell very well.
I liked the aeros' look. But then, I'm not a wheel snob.
I think they are hideous. Perhaps the worst stock wheels I've seen on a high end vehicle. Just my completely unsolicited and meaningless opinion Lol.
Idk, while the 21's are truly stunning I think the 19's are disappointing, and the 21's are a big $ premium.
Where the aeros an expensive upgrade? I think even efficiency agnostic, the aeros are better than the 19's.
I have gotten plenty of compliments on the stock 19" wheels. People will compliment anything.
They are currently for sale cheap in the teslamotors online store as part of a winter tire package. A real bargain... Must be a clearance deal due to lack of demand.
I like the style of the 21s, but I'm a bit old school and think they are too big. I used to drive a 1999 Mustang Cobra and it had 17" wheels. I feel that 21" is getting almost comical. I also like the style of the 19s, and given the much cheaper price, if I buy a Model S I will definitely go with the 19s. I've never seen a set of "aero" wheels that I thought looked good, but the Tesla version was okay (not sure what rim diameter they were, but I would guess 19?). But I would not have bought them.
What's the weight of the 19" OEM wheel? Anyone weighed it or otherwise know the specs?
Damn it, I liked them. They looked so futuristic, what will become of us who wanted them? Will they direct us toward aftermarket options, or something?
@cj10e - If you want them, they are still for sale on the website. Click the buy button - they are yours.
Thanks, this is very helpful. XD
Humm, bummer. I was thinking about getting them. Especially since I handwash my car. They would be so much faster and easier to wipe down.
@write.mikeadams, just read 2 posts back and you will see how to purchase them.
One of the other owners commented on another thread that they remind him of the original Hot Wheels toy cars. Spot on!
@write.mikeadams... | MARCH 9, 2014: Humm, bummer. I was thinking about getting them. Especially since I handwash my car. They would be so much faster and easier to wipe down.
Yes, this is one of the main reasons I'll be keeping my Aero Wheels. It takes about 15 seconds to clean each wheel. Just spritz some stuff on the wheel and wipe in a circular motion. Then wrap the cleaning cloth around your fingers and clean into each slot.
Well, it seems they're not even available as a winter tire wheel option anymore. Must have used up their inventory.
I would hope there are other aero options in the works, possibly aftermarket? Seems silly to waste 3%-5% of your energy moving air around - whether for the Model S or any other vehicle.
Lots of the purist hot-car snobs didn't like them.
I have them for my winter tires and I really like them. I recently purchased them from a SC in Mt. Kisco, NY
I bought the aero wheels with the winter tires and then switched the aero wheels to new Michelin Primacy tires. My immediate (subjective) impression when I drove away from the service center was that the car was quieter. I also feel that I get better mileage too, although I don't keep the kind of records that can prove it.
I like the way they look, even better now that I see the aero wheels on Halle Berry's Model S in Extant!
So nice to own the car of the future today!
I'm sorry, I realise that they're more efficient, but I really think they look horrid.
Volvo introduced something similar on their "eco" cars a few year back and I just wanted to hurl every time I saw them.
To be fair, Bjørn Nyland has a set, which in Tesla-land equates to quite cool, but just not for me.
I think BN traded his Aero wheels for standard 19" wheels.