Ugly nose solution

Ugly nose solution

My least favorite part of my awesomely wonderful red Model S is the cheap black plastic nose cone that Tesla chose. I feel like that is the one part of the car that they missed out on.

I had the idea to have it wrapped in a matte black vinyl and today I had that done and it looks even better than I thought it would. Even my wife agrees that it looks much nicer and it makes the chrome pop and stand out much more and simply doesn't look "cheap" anymore. I considered doing a dark gray matte, but since the rest of the plastic parts are black, I chose to stick with black. If this forum wasn't do difficult to use, I would post a picture, but take my word for it, it looks much better. It cost about $150 and should last several years according to te shop that did it, then it would be easy to replace again when desired, or the plastic underneath will be in perfect shape if I just want to peel it off. I thought others might also find this as a nice simple upgrade.

Dripps | July 31, 2013

show me!!

cwmenne | July 31, 2013

@Drips, email with photos sent.

gttex | July 31, 2013

Please send me a pic too

sjm992 | July 31, 2013

I saw a car transporter full of white Model S's while heading north on I-5 this afternoon. At least one of them (top front) had a white nose cone. It looked stunning! I wonder whether it was a protective cover or maybe a new feature?

Brian H | July 31, 2013

Use this HTML:

<img src="URL" width="600">

where URL is the web-hosted image address. (Rt click, Save Image Location).

CoreyM | July 31, 2013

Not my car, but this was posted over on TMC by the shop (Unique Auto Films) that did it.

Not quite the same since they also covered the chrome accents: | July 31, 2013

I have always found the plastic nose somewhat anomalous on the Model S. The aesthetics are fine, but it seems like a strange choice for an otherwise all aluminum car. I have always wondered if, down the road, Tesla will do something more with the nose.


carlk | July 31, 2013

I've been thinking about the same thing. The plastic cone does look cheap if you pay attention to it. I hope Tesla or some after market guys would come up with a painted aluminum or carbon fiber one. It's not that hard to do.

simplesolarinc | July 31, 2013

why can't they make it look like the prototype.

Brian H | August 1, 2013

Handy to pop off to get at the 12V posts. Or mount an EZ Pass. Etc.

Colasec | August 1, 2013

The nosecone makes my father laugh. He says it looks silly and that it reminds him of a big black plastic nose that you might see on a stuffed animal.

I actually really like the unique, sleek look that it gives to the car.

SUN 2 DRV | August 1, 2013

The nosecone is the least inspired part of the Model S. I've often wondered if Tesla got their inspiration for the nosecone from the Concorde, the car not the aircraft.

pvetesla | August 1, 2013

I for one like my "nosecone" just the way it is.

carlk | August 1, 2013

Just want to add the nosecone itself is fine the only problem is the cheap looking material used. I think that's what everyone including op are saying.

RedShift | August 1, 2013

I have blacked out the the oval chrome strip with matt finish vinyl wrap. It looks better, but still not good enough.

RedShift | August 1, 2013
RedShift | August 1, 2013

For some reason, the car's nose cone reminds me of this:

cwmenne | August 1, 2013

Sorry for having the patience to post the photos, I don't have anyplace to upload them to to reference this site to (really, this site is way too clumsy).

Glad to see/hear others have similar ideas, I do like the outer chrome rim being black as well, that looks nice, I may have to add that.

By the way, if you want a carbon fiber nose, just wrap it in carbon fiber vinyl, no one will ever know. Same goes for aluminum, chrome, or whatever you can think of, there is almost no end to the options. You could even have a graphic artist design a 3-dimensional looking grille and have that printed and wrapped onto it.

@gttex, if you want me to send photos, I need your email. Dripps had her email as her username, so I could send it to her.

RedShift | August 1, 2013


I might wrap the rest of the nose cone in brushed aluminum in BLUE. I have the wrap already as part of something else I was doing. It looks like blue, brushed metal.
However, at some point in time, you start to detract from the car's image as a luxury perf sedan and start to become, well, ricer-ish..:-)

Gotta be careful :-)

mikeellis | August 1, 2013

It's time for some aftermarket product to step up.

pebell | August 1, 2013

I think those guys that made the third party CCI are also developing a custom nosecone right now.

Btw, perhaps I am missing something, but did we ever get to see the OP's solution?

Brian H | August 1, 2013

olanmills | August 2, 2013

I also thought about doing something like this, but my worry is that I drive a lot, including on the highway, and I figure that the matte wrap on the nose cone won't look good after a few months due to rock "chips" and stuff. So I just went with the clear Xpel.

RedShift | August 2, 2013

The earliest Model Ses had a slightly thicker oval nose chrome strip. I compared two standing side by side the last time at the service center.

CAdreamin | August 3, 2013

I'd like to see an example of nose cone painted same as body color.

Anyone have a pic of that?

Brian H | August 3, 2013

EVMD | October 10, 2013
Thomas N. | October 10, 2013

Looks terrible to me, EVMD. The Tesla appears to be stuck with a perennial sad face. The spot above the frown looks barren.

I think Tesla got it right.

Captain_Zap | October 10, 2013

I still like the original nosecone best. I like how it matches the lines of the car.

I have wondered if they left the nosecone clear to add new features in the future.

Alex K | October 10, 2013

@EVMD | OCTOBER 10, 2013: I like this nose, looks like a Porsche

Yes, it looks like a Panamera. To complete the look the car badge should go on the hood. I could live with that design.

judimasters | October 10, 2013

I have mine wrapped with carbon fiber

Alex K | October 11, 2013

I had the lower half of mine painted to match the body color:

2050project | October 14, 2013

I like the alpha nose cone "grille"...

Rumor to have one in the works from folks who did the CCI:

2-Star | October 14, 2013

Anyone have a picture of a light-color Tesla (especially Silver) with the nose cone painted to match the body color?

AmpedRealtor | October 14, 2013

That looks like a cheese grater, no thanks!

I prefer this look, which is from the alpha or beta models:

I like the logo moved to the hood and making the nose plain and unadorned. That draws less attention to the nose. The emblem on the hood is also very sexy.

Bonlaw | October 14, 2013

I still like the way mine looks, notwithstanding all the flames on THIS forum. Other forum was much more positive and supportive. Only posting to help out @ fredtowers . Fred, it looks a lot better in person.

thranx | October 14, 2013

And I like mine as well. I think a lot depends on the color of the car.

AmpedRealtor | October 14, 2013

@ Bonlaw - broken link.

2-Star | October 14, 2013

I couldn't get the link to work either.

Brian H | October 14, 2013

2-Star | October 14, 2013

Many thanks. I think I'll keep what I have. I don't think I like the wrapped nosecone on a light-colored car.

Bonlaw | October 14, 2013

@BrianH Thanks for posting....I think

brian4591 | October 15, 2013

@Brian H

I like that picture with teeth:

GeirT | October 15, 2013


regen | October 15, 2013

I think we're all too accustomed to seeing the traditional ICE type grills, myself included.

Something like this would be pretty cool as an aftermarket upgrade.

regen | October 15, 2013

WOAA sorry for the behemoth image.

So much for trying to be an HTML guru. I know enough to be dangerous.

GDH | October 15, 2013

Doesn't Tesla get how lame the plastic nose is?

Bonlaw | October 15, 2013

@Brian H - now my Tesla needs braces! Even your retouch is an improvement to the nosecone.