Color remorse?

Color remorse?

Ok, it's time to 'fess up. After owning your Model S for a while are you thinking "I bought the ______________ color but in retrospect I really wish I had bought the ______________ color, instead?"

(Posted by a 40kWh reservation holder who has nothing else to do for the next four months but ask banal questions)

BYT | December 18, 2012

I was debating on Sig. Red and Pearl White, I love the Pearl White and wouldn't change it after having the car over 5 weeks now. I am still worried about the dark grey 21" rims however and scraping those!!

benempt | December 18, 2012

No this is an excellent question -- any remorse from gray Model S owners? It just seems so cool.

SMOP | December 18, 2012

Sig Red---->Silver

lph | December 18, 2012

Anyone have the blue with grey 21" wheels .... looks nice on the web but how does it look in real life?

rwang | December 19, 2012

i can't tell the diff between the pearl white and the regular white. I think they goofed that up. Pearlwhite usually is a bit more off white but in this case, it just looks like a subtle multi coat.

ddruz | December 19, 2012

@SMOP - Any particular reason Sig Red --> Silver?

SMOP | December 19, 2012


My initial color selection was the Silver- for the Model S (My first Roadster was silver in color). I absolutely loved that Roadster color after I was initially meh on it when picking it up from Tesla. After reading some of the stories of Model S colors and seeing some pics on the other board I decided to change to the limited edition Sig Red. I honestly thought it was an older demographic color (no offense). A friend of mine who works at Tesla assured me that it was a beautiful color and that it was very hip! Reluctantly I decided to change the color to Sig Red. I got the car and wow my initial impressions seemed to be correct. This color has added 20+ years to my age! Oh well, I love the car and Tesla maybe gen 3 I will avenge this decision :)

wbrown01 | December 19, 2012

I am getting the blue paint, but I am concerned about my interior choice. I am getting the Tan. Does anyone have a good photo of the Tan. The BMW has a nice tan, but if it is a faded version of that I will be disappointed.

Dennis | December 19, 2012

i'm getting silver. but that gray looks gooood.

Volker.Berlin | December 19, 2012

wbrown01, all comments I've heard regarding the tan say that it is a very light shade of tan. Better double-check!

skystream3.7 | December 19, 2012

i'm getting silver, but that gray looks gooooooood.

TheAustin | December 19, 2012

lph, That's my config, and I should have it in the next week or so, so I'll let you know what I think after I get to see it fully in person. I went in to the NYC showroom to obsess over tan vs. grey and ended up going with grey because 1. The tan was too "warm" i.e. it seemed very orange to me. My wife's car is blue exterior and a bone/tan interior and I love that...And I felt that if I got the Tesla tan, I'd always look at my wife's car and think "I wish my tan was more like hers." And 2, I really liked the way the grey looks with the matte obeche, and the ceiling liner fabric in the car...Overall, it seem to be to be the best fit and have the best flow. And, I'm an interior designer...I obsess over color and fabrics for a living ;)
And having said that...I don't even have my blue yet, but I may or may not be coveting the grey paint! The sample in the showroom looked like a pretty bland grey, but I've seen some photos of recently received grey cars that are making my heart flutter...The color just seems to deep and rich, especially in sunlight.
So yeah...I'm rock solid on my interior, and maybe just a little bit on the fence about my exterior!

ramymora | December 19, 2012

I am getting silver with black interior. If you don't want to have remorse and want to be conservative go for silver, black, or pearl white. These are always the top colors in demand for any car.

BYT | December 19, 2012

@rwang, I also would have loved a more pearl look to the Pearl White but still love it as a color choice over just plain white. At night when it's clean and the light shines over it, it looks a really nice pearl shade that I wish would translate to bright daylight as well.

rterry | December 19, 2012

There is bound to be color remorse when you can't see the color on the car in person before purchase. My young man brain really liked the white with gray wheels and black spoiler. My wife convinced me to go silver with silver wheels which is more age appropiate (58yo) and likely to be best for the long run. I may have remorse for not going more sporty, at least for the short term.

jinglehyme | December 19, 2012

I have the Blue/Tan. You really can't tell anything from photos or in the stores. The leather is a little lighter than expected and has very little red. It is very easy to get along with. More Audi than BMW. If that makes sense.

If chocolate brown was a choice for the interior - I.E. Mini's Hot Chocolate Lounge Addition, I would have chosen that with a white exterior. Maybe available in time for my X!

jinglehyme | December 19, 2012

BTW - I've seen all the colors except the new multi-red, and both the brown and green exteriors - YIKES! Kind of GM mini-van or SUV.

I was set on the gray until I saw the Blue in person. Glad I made the switch.

christine_orita | December 19, 2012

I was going to go for the pearl white but may be going for the white instead.
The Tesla guy at the showroom told me that if you went with pearl, you really should get the paint armor to protect the pearl as you cannot touch up pearl white should it get chipped. Whereas you wouldn't need the armor for white as you can touch that up...

I am still on the fence about this.

BYT | December 19, 2012

I do not agree with the Tesla guy at the showroom, the paint armor shows the lines on white and pearl white and so I didn't get it for that reason. Hoping TM offer's touch up paint for those time I would need to fill a chip!!

atsunset | December 19, 2012

We chose the Signiture Performance edition with pearl white exterior,pano roof,carbon interior/carbon spoiler, and the 21" dark grey wheels.

We are very happy and would make the same choices again.

Everyone comments on the wheels!


Brian H | December 19, 2012

Wraps, anyone? >:) Yellow, Lavender, ...

petero | December 19, 2012

Papafox. You are going to drive yourself crazy between now and then. Don't do it to yourself!

jinglehyme | December 19, 2012

It's the brown and green exteriors that I was bashing - seem like some kind of throw-back : target audience, older statesmen?

wbrown01 | December 19, 2012

I think I'm going to change my Blue/Tan to Blue/Black. If I don't get a real life photo soon........... | December 19, 2012

wbrown01- I went with the blue/black performance. It is a nice deep blue-- I do not think it is possible to accurately capture the richness of these colors with a camera or video.

PhilG | December 19, 2012

I recently Finalized on the New Red - now I'm not sure if I should have or stuck with the Black. ERGH. I'm sure what ever color - the Model S will look awesome. (that what I'm telling myself so I don't drive myself crazy)

Papafox | December 19, 2012

Maintaining sanity that long will indeed be a challenge. FYI I've ordered blue ext. with grey interior. | December 19, 2012

PhilG- They all look awesome (It depends on what color blur you want the other drivers to see as you pass by)

petero | December 19, 2012

Papafox.Sounds great. It will be a beautiful car.

Mog | December 19, 2012

I was thinking Blue before I saw the colors on cars in person. The Blue is VERY dark. When sitting next to a black car I could easily see the difference on the side the sun was shining and it was very hard to tell blue from black on the shady side. This was at 4pm on a sunny day.

JohnFloyd | December 19, 2012

Just delivered my grey P85 with silver rims regrets yet. I was worried about color because they all seem to look so changes the whole car. The grey is gorgeous though.

s_curve | December 19, 2012

If the grey were closer to the shade of the carbon grey wheels and a dark red leather interior was available, i would not have even considered any other combination.

bobinfla | December 19, 2012

I'd like to implement a new rule on this thread - You can make express any regret you want to about any color EXCEPT GRAY. I went with the gray and still haven't seen one live, so still a little trepidation there. Don't burst my $100k bubble.

wood2905 | December 19, 2012

I ordered Green after driving versions of Blue, white, dark grey cars my entire life and had serious anxiety on pick up day.....drum roll...I friggin LOVE this color, it is unique, looks racing green in some light, and charcoal gray in other light...adds mystery and surrealality to my already surreal machine!

My only problem--my wife loves it and wants to share!

shs | December 19, 2012

Go green!

Soflauthor | December 19, 2012

Have owned silver/black for over two months and not one moment of remorse. Love the combination.

In fact, I noticed that many of the mags that talk about the Model S use Silver as the color in their photography, so there must be something to the color.

one2mark | December 19, 2012

I am getting my blue with black performance model this week. I will let everyone know. Hopefully when the bring it to my house the weather will be nice and I can see it in sunlight!

Larry Chanin | December 19, 2012

My wife and I fell in love with Signature Red when we first viewed the Model S prototype with the custom paint job when it visited the Sarasota Yacht Club. My wife's immediate OMG reaction to the car and color made it easy for me to pull the trigger right there on the spot.

Even with 9 less layers of paint I am gratified to report that we both still love the "real world" version of the Signature Red color, especially when its sparkling in the Florida sun. We absolutely have no regrets even after paying the Signature premium. :-)


Brian H | December 19, 2012

Colour challenge: try and come up with a bad (crummy looking) combo. The ugly Model S!

I think the form of the car and the tones chosen make that very hard to do.

Robert22 | December 20, 2012

The tan leather is very light. Probably not the best choice if you have kids.

walla2 | December 20, 2012

I went with Elon's choice: Black with black. Good enough for Elon = good enough for me.

BossFox | December 20, 2012

I'm looking at white with black interior.
Better safe than dorry for me, if I can't see then "in the metal" first.

BYT | December 20, 2012

@BossFox, that is my Model S, Pearl White with the Performance Black Interior and the 21" Grey's, I love just staring at her. I almost feel like I'm stalking my own Model S, she's so pretty. My wife is getting jealous. :D

kishdude | December 20, 2012

I got the brown with tan interior. I was somewhat apprehensive, but my two previous cars were blue and gray and I was kind of tired of these. My car got delivered a few days ago and the brown is awesome! It's a rich dark brown and looks great with the silver wheels. In fact the first compliment the car gets is often about the color. I think the combo of the brown with tan interior with silver wheels is tough to beat.

rallykeeper | December 20, 2012

@jinglehyme - guess I don't fit your stereotype. I'm 40, married with little kids, Southern Californian and by no means an elder statesmen. Frankly, I thought a lot about how my Model S would look sitting in front of my house or in my carport and Brown just seems to be the best fit.

Brown also doesn't shout to every car on the road that I'm about to pass them without any effort or advertise itself in parking lots that it's the coolest car within miles. Plus, it's probably urban legend, but browns and dark grays don't tend to attract as much CHiP attention either.

That all being said, color is an incredibly personal choice and everyone will have their own thoughts on what works for them and doesn't. The key for Tesla is to offer a wide enough variety of colors that limited choices of color alone doesn't alienate some potential buyer.

gagliardilou | December 20, 2012

No regrets on color - love the pearl white. I was a little concerned about not getting the carbon fiber in my sig perf but I love the lacewood and am really glad I picked it.

jinglehyme | December 20, 2012

@rallykeeper - I did have a Mini Cooper Hot Chocolate Lounge addition - Brown on Brown. It was pretty well received by the 20-30 somethings. IMO just didn't seem to translate on such a large sedan. You are right though, it's all a matter of personal choice.

rd2 | December 20, 2012

Saw a Black MS on 280N yesterday. Drove behind it for a while. Driver had a huge Tesla grin on his face. Picking up my Pearl white MS on 12-29. I have to say, if I didn't know for sure that I could never keep a black car clean, I would have chosen that color most likely. But I'm pretty stoked about the pearl.

rallykeeper | December 20, 2012

@jinglehyme - that's funny.

Before my Model S fetish, I had been coveting that exact same MINI Cooper Clubman setup. I would have preferred the chocolate seats in Model S as well and had to settle with tan.

Btw, I'm doing this all sight unseen. I'm not getting the car until next week and only saw the brown in person at night.