Wow! How did you guys pick a color!!!!!?

Wow! How did you guys pick a color!!!!!?

Took a drive down to our local service center this afternoon with my wife and looked at all the cars sitting in front of the building in the sun. We saw Red, Black, Grey, Silver, Pearl White and Blue. Everything but brown and green.

We were able to get a nice look at all of them in the bright sunlight rather than on a showroom floor.

The grey was stunning. Regal. Sophisticated. Easily the best lines showing of any color. Wow did I love the grey!

The red is striking. My wife says the red is her "10". Any other color starts at "6". Ugh. I'm not a fan of red cars (look at me, look at me!) but boy is she!

The pearl white is just a lovely color. The little specs of color in there when you look closely are so nice. The car looks really clean.

Blue. Whoa. Is it black? Nope. Well, maybe it is. The blue was like the best of both worlds - black when you want it to be and blue when you want it to be.

Silver. Didn't do anything for either of us. Just wasn't to either of our liking.

Black. This was my favorite going in but my wife said it would be a nightmare to maintain and I'm lazy! This black car was d i r t y! It had water spots all over it and was very dusty. She was right. It also hid the lines of the car when compared with the grey and white. Ok, I'm not a fan of the black anymore. She wins that one!

So we sat there and looked at each other and I said "What'd we learn? I'm ordering a car on Monday and don't know what color!" She said if it were her decision and her car alone it would be red - hands down. I said for me it would be grey but we both feared that grey would become boring after a year. So we both pretty much liked the pearl white. The blue was awesome but would be trouble to keep clean.

Oh well, I guess I'll tell you on Monday what button I hit and then how much remorse I had 5 minutes later! How you guys made the choice I'll never know!!!!

SCCRENDO | 27 juillet 2013

My wife picked grey for me and I didn't argue.

DC@Tesla | 27 juillet 2013

Don't get Red. I don't want every car out there to be like mine.;)

nvjx | 27 juillet 2013

My wife picked Pearl White and we went with it although it cost $1500 extra. I am glad we did because it really shows off the lines of the car and those pearl flecks shining in bright day light or when lights hit it at night are gorgeous!

TommyBoy | 27 juillet 2013

Hah hah! Two awesome comments!

SamO | 27 juillet 2013

I literally had the same exact conversation. Gray won't show dirt. Pearl white is fantastic. Red is so nice but too loud.

Eventually settled on grey but would have been happy with Blue (argh the every day washing!!!).

Hard choice but I had to choose easy to maintain and low profile. Maybe red for the model X.

merijn | 27 juillet 2013

I picked the grey, but my wife decided it will be blue. Guess she's washing it daily... ;)
(Oh, and the car will be parked outside under some trees with a lot of birds sleeping in it at night so that'll be fun)

Dwdnjck@ca | 27 juillet 2013

I wanted a color that was understated like the Pope' shoes. Therefore I chose red.

fuellss | 27 juillet 2013

My husband wanted the silver, most of our past 25 cars have been silver, once we had 4 silvers at one time. Our kids begged, no more silver cars please! We decided on the gray...its so beautiful! Dust it everyday...Our neighbors were shocked that we didn't get another silver....

EdieMilo | 27 juillet 2013

Wow ... you went from silver to gray ... livin on the wild side ehh ;-))

I say Red all the way !!

ev4life | 27 juillet 2013

Was torn between white and grey. This was the hardest choice of all for the car and ultimately went with the grey because I wanted a color that showed a bit more the car's curves.

rchiang | 27 juillet 2013

I picked white because didn't want to pay extra for other colors. And black color wasn't for me it absolves too much heat during the summer. :)

TeslaLandShark | 27 juillet 2013

I'm not a fan of the MC red, just too bright for me. LOVE the sig red but didn't want to pay the premium or be such an early adopter. Grey was my 1st choice for a non-sig color. Someone on the forum said it used to be called Tiburon Grey which is shark grey in Spanish. Coincidental as I call my MS my Tesla LandShark! Still love the grey after 5 months of ownership. The car is unbelievable, can't believe its actually mine sometimes!

Spirous | 27 juillet 2013

I was at black for a while, but I'm lazy too and while it is stunning from the videos I've seen, it is still a more demanding look. So when I made my final selection earlier this week it was grey. Good to hear this praise as I have not seen it in real life myself. Thanks! :)))

I guess any color is "invisible" to yourself after the first 14 days. A key consideration is then resale value. I would have loved green or brown myself, but assume that is a harder resell.

RedShift | 27 juillet 2013

Dark blue + grey. Luxurious, sunny Californian , wash weekly for zen.

Warkovision | 27 juillet 2013

@RedShift Same for us. Dark blue metallic blue & grey leather. The wife loves blue and how the color presents itself in different light is kind of fun.

Mathew98 | 27 juillet 2013

@RedShift - Really? You chose a color that is polar opposite from your handle???

@TommyBoy - I had the opposite experience with da boss. She forbade me from getting the MC red. Guess what? I got the red anyway.

I only got the cold shoulders for few days before she turned around to admit the MC red is the perfect color to show off the curves for the MS. Like all mistresses, they are gorgeous in red.

Unlike in Cali, there aren't too many red in the East Coast yet.

Warkovision | 27 juillet 2013

Oops, one too many blues.

phat78boy | 27 juillet 2013

I picked white because of the contrast. While other colors may show lines better, I love the contrast with the black nose cone and pano roof. I think the CF spoiler looks great on white also.

earlyretirement | 27 juillet 2013

I went with black as most cars I've had were always black. I still think clean....nothing looks better than a clean black car. But you do make great points about the need to keep it clean as everything shows up on it.

If I didn't go with the Black I would have gone with the Pearl White which I think is gorgeous as well.

Really with the Model S I don't think you can go wrong with any color. Beautiful car and amazing technology.

romainiacWV | 27 juillet 2013

Went with white after toiling with the grey, actually had confirmed the order in grey and called a week later to change it, echo the comments that the contrast looks good and think even looks better with the window tinting. Have not taken delivery yet so hoping that I like it. Good thing is....there is like 1 other model s within 150mi of me so I won't be driving around with color remorse seeing other drivers :))

cwmenne | 27 juillet 2013

I really like silver and originally built my car in silver, then went to the dealer in Seattle to finalize and they had a red one and my wife loved that red, so that's what we got. I love it and I didn't normally like red. It's bright at times and deep at times, depending on the lighting. I also really like the gray when I first saw it in person and also really like the blue, but too high maintenance to keep clean. The pearl white is nice too. I don't think you can go wrong with any color.

cfOH | 27 juillet 2013

I've always loved charcoal/graphite gray cars. They hide dirt yet still show off sheet-metal lines and details well. Plus, they're very much a "sleeper" never expect much from a gray car the way you do red or yellow or orange.

That said, all but the silver and black (currently have a black car...never again!) had me seriously considering them. The blue is amazing, the green is really special, and the brown...WOW!...I never thought a brown car could be that pretty.

My only wish is that Tesla offered more colors my wife would like, such as an ice blue.

Bubba2000 | 27 juillet 2013

I live in the South so I need a color that reflects the most and that is white (pearl white) or silver. Plus less load on the AC. I think the white would less likely to fade, though scratches on the silver would be less likely to show, especially on AL. Went for the pearl white. For the Model X, I will go with silver.

Red looked nice too, but it would attract too much attention, especially from the police, though a lot of the speed traps are automated now. White maintains a low profile, like silver. | 27 juillet 2013

Left to my own devices, would have probably gone with black/tan or black/grey, but wifey said red or blue - went with the MC Red/tan.


ellcyc | 27 juillet 2013

Consider where you'll be looking at the car the most.

At night, outside, black is cool, and you won't notice the dirt.

Inside, at least inside the Tesla factory seeing all the different cars in the process of being assembled, red was amazing. I say this as someone who generally hates red cars -- the red car in the factory stopped me in my tracks.

In the sun, blue seems really nice.

If it's not sunny, or if you're parked in the shade, the gray is stunning. However, when I see one on the road, it's not quite as special.

For me, black worked best with the shape. It was also the color of the first one I saw, so maybe it just defined the car. The world's fastest piano?

Another question is this: when you buy your second one, what color will it be?

RedShift | 27 juillet 2013

' Really? You chose a color that is polar opposite from your handle???'

Tail lights- watch my tail lights and analyze the wavelength to determine how fast I am moving away ;-)

alohasara | 28 juillet 2013

I struggled with this decision, too. I went with blue which definitely does require a weekly wash.

The red is amazing but I didn't want to draw attention to myself and thought it would be flashy. Little did I know that a Tesla of any color draws oodles of attention.

The pearl white is gorgeous but I prioritized cheap just slightly over lazy.

Truth is, they are all amazing, but I do love the blue. It looks black at night, blue during the day and almost a little bit purple in low light.

NomoDinos | 28 juillet 2013

Aloha - I thought I was crazy, but I love that baaaarely purplish hue in low light, which is what finally convinced me to order blue. I love the look of the red, but it's not me.

ramtaz | 28 juillet 2013


kawaiia | 28 juillet 2013

We picked silver, to us this a good contrast with the black top and silver wheels. Glad that there aren't too many silvers on the road :)

David Dennis | 28 juillet 2013

I don't have a Tesla yet and haven't ordered one, so my opinions may be rather useless, but I would not pick white or silver. About 50% of the cars in the Aventura Mall parking lot(*) are white, 30% silver and 10% black. So it will be tough to pick out your car in the lot unless you choose a different color.

I think I would go for the British Racing Green if I bought a Tesla. I like distinctive colors and I really love being able to easily find my car in the lot.

I appreciate that at least Tesla gives you a nice choice of colors. That's probably a major advantage of their build to order system. Mercedes-Benz and BMW seem to have only four or five colors, almost all of which are pretty dull.


(*) Aventura Mall is an upscale shopping center in Miami where there is a large concentration of high-end cars.

TommyBoy | 28 juillet 2013

I wonder if 50% of the cars are white because it's hot all the time in Miami?????

Kind of like how 100% of the cars on the island of St. Martin are white as well.


JPPTM | 28 juillet 2013

After years of black cars, I went for the MC Red...fabulous!

jonlivesay | 28 juillet 2013

Went with black, love it but it does take maintaining. Second choice was pearl white. Whatever the color the drive is amazing everything!

Sailor | 28 juillet 2013

Brown for me. My wife liked it but that really did not matter.....right!
Besides, it looked really great with the sun on it and probably was the best brown car color I ever saw.
Arrives in 2 weeks...... | 28 juillet 2013

I picked blue after getting to see it in real life. The richness of the colors cannot be captured by photographic equipment. I would have never thought of green--until I saw it in person. You really can't go wrong on a car with this much style. Remember to enjoy being frustrated by your options... :o)

TommyBoy | 28 juillet 2013

I find it very interesting that people that were on the fence with black ended up getting white as their second choice.

I am in that exact same boat. The two are so extreme yet I could see driving either. If I didn't have to care for the black it would be my first choice for sure. Maybe if I was 20 instead of 40 I'd spend the time on washing and polishing it but at my age and with kids I'd rather spend Sunday at the park with them and then drinking beer and watching football!

I saw on some archived thread at another site a poster explained that due to discoloration of white over time that he would never purchase a white car. He said something along the lines that the sun will discolor the panels unevenly over time and after a number of years you'll have a car of varying degrees of white. I've never heard of that.

One more day until I order and I'm 98% it's going to be Pearl White so look for me to say I ordered the black tomorrow!!

Windsurfer | 28 juillet 2013

My current order configuration calls for the red exterior with the tan leather interior. I'm quite partial to the tan leather, as I feel that it it is by far the best looking of all the interior color choices. My second choice for exterior color, however, is the gray. I'm wondering how the gray would look if it had a tan leather interior. Does anyone have this color combination?

carlk | 28 juillet 2013

I may order anytime now and have put a lot of thoughts on the color too. I almost decided on Pearl but after observing cars on the road (there are plenty of them to see on the Bay Area roads) I found darker color really show the shape and curvature of MS better. Part of it may also be light color makes cars appear large. MS is already a very large car. The proportion especially with respect to the not very large tires, even with the 21", don't look that aggressive with a light color. White is still not bad but I think it makes MS look a little ordinary looking from a distance. It's just me of course but I'm now more leaning toward blue even it will show dirt more than white or silver. Sorry about throwing the monkey wrench but I'm just giving you my current thought process. Even I may still end up with a white.

Cindy I II III | 29 juillet 2013

I always wanted a pearl white car (never had one). Had my conviction when talking to the sales person.

But after looking at the dark glass roof that i also ordered, I had second thought (too zebra-ish). I was totally convinced of black when placed the order.

This thread made me not so sure about it. I went out to check those colors, and decided to stick with black. Yes, it may have the "diamond in the rough" look when dirty, at least I will always know that a "diamond" is there :-)

pebell | 30 juillet 2013

@Cindy: Yesterday I had a look at the European manual, and a stunning picture of the Pearl White, with the pano roof, is on the cover. It almost made me second guess my own choices - it looked nothing short of ravishing.

And I _never_ wanted a white car. So my advice to you is: never look at that cover picture ;-D

tgeppe | 30 juillet 2013

I picked metallic brown because I fell in love with it when I saw it at a show. I get compliments on the color almost every day. People invariably compliment the look of the car but then say they love the color. You have to see the color in person however the internet does not do this color justice.

SUN 2 DRV | 30 juillet 2013

I've also struggled with choosing a color. The no longer available Signature Red is by far my favorite. Interesting and very elegant.

Of all the current colors, the Brown is the richest color and shows off the curves of the car the best. It gives the car a fascinating 'depth' that's hard to describe. If brown is a a color you'd consider, this particular brown is outstanding.

Another poster said it makes you want to give the car a big HUG, and I agree. Warm, richly inviting and intriguing depth.

To my eye, all of the other colors leave the car looking flat. The grey looks nice in some light, but on one cloudy day my wife described is as looking like a "slab of concrete"... not very flattering.

Mercedes has a VERY wide selection of colors including some very deep looking metalics like Iridium Metalic or Paladium Metalic. Since Mercedes is a Tesla investor and parts partner, I hope that one day Tesla offers some of these much richer colors.

jongt3 | 30 juillet 2013

I ended up with MC red and it is stunning. Love it. The grey and brown were my runner-up choices.

hademarco | 30 juillet 2013

Well Tommyboy, what did you finalize?

theneutral | 11 mai 2014

Tommyboy', just curious, what did you got with?

theneutral | 11 mai 2014

I'm having the exact same issue too, I ordered the pearl white, but now I'm thinking gray. I'm glad I narrowed it down to just two though.

sbeggs | 11 mai 2014

So, @TommyBoy, it's been almost a year, how do you like your...Pearl White, if that's what you got?

We love the deep blue, however, it does show water spots instantly when it rains. But it's gorgeous in our eyes. And everyone who sees it and asks us about the car exclaims how beautiful the color is.

Red Sage ca us | 11 mai 2014

There is only one color for me -- RED (Niners).

My Brothers would get GREEN (Packers) and BLUE (Patriots), respectively.

My Mom would get GOLD if it were available... She might be OK with SILVER or BLACK.

My various Aunts & Uncles would likely get PEARL WHITE.

Ryan D. | 11 mai 2014

I just ordered my Model S and went with Silver, it's not bold but aways a classic choice imo. I found the hardest part to be picking the interior colors and options!