Model S Final Interior (Dashboard, Infotainment Screen, & Console?)

Model S Final Interior (Dashboard, Infotainment Screen, & Console?)

Since all of us reservation holders are waiting to see the final Model S interior (Dashboard, Infotainment screen integration, and console/or not?), it occurred to me that the Model X dashboard/integration actually looks quite GOOD! Is this . . perhaps the final Model S dashboard?? If so, bring it on!

I'm just really surprised that we are only 4 - 5 months from Model S production, and customers have not yet SEEN the final interior. Any comments?

prash.saka | 3 mars 2012

Is the center infotainment console really such a cool idea without the Tech package (which means, without turn-by-turn navigation)?

I, for one, do not want to pay $3750 for just the turn-by-turn navigation as I don't care much about everything else in the package (Xenon head lights, fog lights, two more USB's, etc.).

I wish I could add an app that can do the same (without needing any cellular connection). Or, even better, if I could connect my external GPS (or any video) device to the console and view directions on the screen and behind-the-steering-dashboard.

~ Prash.

stephen.kamichik | 3 mars 2012

I prefer to plot my course with a "paper map" before I start my trip. I have been doing this for decades and I never got lost. I was never impressed with my friend's nav systems. He always gets lost en route.

jkirkebo | 3 mars 2012

The only people that don't care about about xenon headlights are those who have never owned a car with them...;)

The Leaf has great LED low beams but I couldn't bear the pitiful halogen high beams it had. A 55W H9 HID kit fixed that nicely and inexpensively.

David70 | 3 mars 2012

Actually, the xenon headlights is my primary reason for wanting the tech package. Since the rest of the items are packaged with it, that makes it worth it.

prash.saka | 3 mars 2012

@Stephen, you are lucky. I am one of the (severely) directionally challenged folks out there. I am so bad that I get lost even with a GPS system. And that poor GPS of mine, so often, keeps recalculating the route. I sometimes call it my guiding angel.

@jkirkebo, you may be right. I have never had or rented a car with Xenon lights. But, I just hate being on the other side of them. I feel that they are so distracting to the opposite drivers that I do not want to cause the same inconvenience to others.

~ Prash.

Jason S | 3 mars 2012

I googled Xeon headlights and one of the links ( link, iirc) talked about people hating the improperly installed aftermarket lights.

Ones I've seen on BMW and Audi cars have seemed quite nice to view. A little bluish tint but not at all hard on the eyes compared to some halogens.

Overall I expect the Xeon's to be nice, but I can't imagine it as a must have option. Halogen's are plenty good enough for me so getting 3x more viewable is just extra. Street signs showing up brighter will be a nice bonus, tho with the turn-by-turn Nav I'm guessing street signs will have less importance for me.

Robert.Boston | 3 mars 2012

@prash.saka: I think it likely that someone will create a Model S app that provides web-based turn-by-turn navigation. It should be an easy adaptation of the various smartphone-based versions.

Personally, the only thing I don't care about on the Tech Package is the HD backup camera -- regular def should be sufficient for me. While I don't currently need Homelink, I can easily see that changing in my next home.

WolfenHawke | 3 mars 2012

Recommendation: try the final application GUI on the big screen with drivers, not with people sitting in the driver seat in a non-moving car. I have a Volt and love it, but that touch screen center panel is trouble-some when you are driving and touching sensor points without looking -- end up turning all sorts of things on.
It's a BIG screen -- make it easy to do things without distraction. Please don't fill up all the space with icons.

Brian H | 3 mars 2012

You should have made it clear that your number is for the European reservation list; totally different thing. As for swapping/donating, you could make a private deal (get cash for your reservation) and sell the car on delivery. As long as you're the one who picks it up initially, I don't think TM has any say in that.

Larry Chanin | 3 mars 2012

When I asked a Tesla rep two weeks ago, the answer was that the interior was complete. They were refining the photos and the design center. I don't think Tesla has been tweaking the Model S interior. - David M.

From my perspective that's excellent news. If the interior is frozen then that is an indication that the release candidate should be close to being released, and as you suggest, the Design Studio should be available even before that. I'm guessing we'll see the Design Studio within a couple of weeks or so.


Volker.Berlin | 5 mars 2012

Niels, thanks for detailing your point of view. I have read that "Tesla ruiniert seinen Ruf" paragraph before and yet I will take the train from Berlin to Geneva next week to see the car in person and talk to some Tesla people.

Thinking about it, my motives for getting this car are still strong after 3 years and have little to do with the interior (as long as it's functional). I don't want to judge it before I have seen and used the final version, but even if I dislike the interior then, I will probably still get the car. That's certainly also a matter of taste, "simple" may not be prestigious, but I cannot find it "ugly" either.

Here are a couple of reasons that go beyond the dash board why people want to own a Model S (my own comments are also there):

I wonder what your primary reason was to get in line for the Model S in the first place? As I said before, it's none of my business, but since you posted your opinion here, I'm curious.

My5bAby | 6 mars 2012

Greetings All !

I saw the Pearl White Beta with a black interior in DC this weekend. The white, black and silver went together extremely well.

But more importantly I really thought the interior was vastly superior to the Red Signature Beta with Banana Leaf, White Seats and Tan on the lower dash.

You really have to see it to appreciate it, because black does not really photograph well. I will try to take some good photos this Sunday, when I return, and post them. But if you can imagine;
1. Silver framing around the Steering wheel
2. Silver stripe on the all black doors
3, Silver frame around the Speedometer and the Touchscreen
4. The Touchscreen now surrounded by a Black (upper and lower) dash with Black Lacewood facing you
5. There is also a Silver lining the Cup holders and the Vents.

It was all SO well coordinated. It really looked more like a quality vehicle.

Also the Leather had Perforations in the center of the Seat and Back with non perforated leather on the outside edges. This gave the seats much more of a Texture. I was very happy !

Further more there were monochrome painted small models of the model S in the colors posted on the website. The website does not represent the colors well AT ALL ! The Gray, Green, Brown and Blue are sparkling metallic and are Gorgeous !

I would love to continue but unless you have seen all of this in person you can't see the great improvement.

In closing, the touchscreen looked well integrated with the dashboard. I was really impressed. Even if you choose to get the White, Tan or Grey seats with Banana Leaf in my opinion it would be preferable to have the upper and lower dashboard in black. It Really made a significant difference.

I hope Tesla offers that as an option and I will be informing my rep tomorrow.

Well that's my 2 cents !


gagliardilou | 6 mars 2012

IMO, its not worth cancelling and quite frankly the move is puzzling to me.

gagliardilou | 6 mars 2012


I totally agree. I too thought it looked great and better than the banana leaf and white. Having black all around the 17 inch screen really pulled it all together and the chrome accents, nice. After seeing the car, I thought this is the combo I am going for. Only one thing bothers me. I am getting a color that is not sig specific. It wouldn't bother me if no color was sig specific but since there is a sig specific color, it makes me feel like I should get that color.

Unless - wait let me try this. Excuse me, Tesla, would you mind changing the sig specific color to the shasta white so I would feel better? Thank you.

brianman | 6 mars 2012

@lgagliardi - I think you make a lot of non-Sig reserves (including p2576) that want the pearl white unhappy.

Volker.Berlin | 7 mars 2012

But more importantly I really thought the interior was vastly superior to the Red Signature Beta with Banana Leaf, White Seats and Tan on the lower dash. (My5bAby)

...which seems to be the car that is on display in Geneva:

Sad, I was hoping they would show some later build that would be more representative of the production car. Why are we Europeans getting 2nd class treatment? I digress... ;-)

Brian H | 7 mars 2012

Because you haven't bought out the stock of allocated Roadsters yet, you reactionaries, you! Get out there and talk up those Sportsters!!


andrewmfallon | 7 mars 2012

@ Volker - it seems the Europeans are getting exacting the same class of treatment everyone is getting - and I agree - it IS second class but we are all sharing the same "love".

Volker.Berlin | 7 mars 2012

johns258, yes except that we get it 6 to 9 months delayed...

Brian H | 7 mars 2012

How long did you say it would be till that nice Ford wagon would make it to the US??

Robert.Boston | 7 mars 2012

The Beta in DC currently is the same one that was in Boston and at the Detroit Auto Show.

My5bAby | 7 mars 2012

I don't want the Pearl White I will get either Black or Grey.

Volker, Please don't be dismayed, they have a limited number of Beta Cars and they are just moving them around where ever they can. Frankly I think it's great that the Red Signature is already in Europe.


David M. | 7 mars 2012

I saw the Pearl White Beta with a black interior in DC this week. The interior color combo looked good. I only have two gripes:
1. I always suspected that having the charging port behind the tail light was a vulnerable location. Alas, someone had already broken the tail light access door to the charging port.
2. The location of the cup holders is really bad. The driver essentially has to "reach behind" his position to grab a beverage out of the cup holder. You really cannot rest your arm on the armrest if a cup is in the cup holder.

gagliardilou | 7 mars 2012


Not my goal to make anyone unhappy. Here, let me fix it. Excuse me Tesla, please dis-regard my last comment. My buddy brianman wants the Pearl white also so please leave things as is. What? you won't change a thing? Great thanks.

There you go brianman, all things are back to normal in Tesla world.

Bottomline, even if there is a specific color for sig reservations, I am getting the color I (we) like!

brianman | 7 mars 2012

I don't want the white, but My5bAby suggested she might ... in the post immediately preceding yours... hence my referencing her number. I guess I was too subtle.

I'm getting the Sig Red.

MandL | 8 mars 2012

If I stick with my sig reservation I'm NOT getting the color I like. I want the blue or green... sigh.

gagliardilou | 8 mars 2012

Because you like that color the best or because its sig specific?

erik | 8 mars 2012

@Volker: the caption of the Geneva picture is in Dutch. It's saying: "beautiful from afar, some serious finishing issues from close up".

I remember reading about comments along the same line months ago on US display vehicles. How hard can it be to get a couple of vehicles with imaculate interior for important car shows like this??
No wonder the design still isn't up.

erik | 8 mars 2012

design studio that is

brianman | 9 mars 2012

@lgagliardi - If it was a multicoat Red vs. multicoat Blue, Green, or Purple, it might be a decision for me.

But the other 3 Sig colors have always felt generic to me since before I even got my driver's permit.

gagliardilou | 9 mars 2012


Have you already decided on the interior as well? If so, what are you going with? Sorry if you mentioned that on another post already.

And lastly, I know you do not prefer white but have you seen the sig white car in person?

Robert.Boston | 9 mars 2012

I'm not brianman, but I have seen the Pearl White (the car that's now in DC and was at the Detroit auto-show). I was underimpressed. I've seen execution of pearl white that had much more pearlescence and that I thought were really remarkable -- Lexus, e.g. On the Tesla, though, I had to carefully look at the surface to make sure that this wasn't just the gloss white. Maybe the final product will be better, but the Pearl White didn't do much for me.

petero | 9 mars 2012

Robert.Boston. Perhaps the Pearl White show car was painted in California using water soluble paint (AQMD mandated). The quality is not as rich or as deep as paints used in most other states/countries and this could be the reason you were under impressed.

brianman | 9 mars 2012


Short answer on interior is not decided yet. Part of why I'm getting increasingly impatient on the Design Studio completion.

In a Roadster, I think the white would look great inside the red. In the S, I don't know yet. I'm also worried about the "keeping it clean" issue people have mentioned with light colored, especially white, leather.

If I conclude that I don't want to risk a light color, that might rule out the grey as well.

I'm kind of hoping that there is something with a little more spark than a single tone black option once Design Studio opens. Might make the decision a lot easier.

brianman | 9 mars 2012

Arg, sorry for misspelling the name.

gagliardilou | 10 mars 2012

Yeah, well if I am truly honest with myself I guess I am really undecided on color and interior. We will all have to decide soon.

It will be interesting to have a thread after the cars are out that we can list the colors we picked inside and out.

brianman | 13 mars 2012

Nice camera work! I hope you're going to the event so we can get some of these quality shots of the newer vehicles.

stephen.kamichik | 13 mars 2012

Liked your photos.

Robert.Boston | 13 mars 2012

It's hard to perceive from photos, but the lacewood insets are not glossy. Not matte, either, but if "piano black" is glossy=10, and unvarnished wood is matte=0, then the lacewood is about a 2. (Which I liked -- shows that this is real wood and not some plasticized replica.)

gagliardilou | 13 mars 2012

I have a blk interior on a bmw 545i. The car is a 2004. It still looks good. Blk on the interior does not go out of style. Thanks for the pictures mybaby. I think the lacewood looks good.

wbrown01 | 15 mars 2012

We are finally there, the Design Studio will be out this Friday, less than 24 hours.

Brian H | 16 mars 2012

AFAIK, the Santana Row Design Studio consists mostly of real world samples, not software.

xhawk1011 | 16 mars 2012

what time friday? It is friday now...

Brian H | 16 mars 2012

It was up with a bit more semi-functionality a little while ago, but just a blank "workspace" now. 4:20 p.m. PST.

jd3tm | 16 mars 2012

The SR "Design Studio" IS UP and is composed of 4 Signature paint colors, the 4 interior treatment material, and 6 sample leather seat coverings (3 sig and 3 sig performance - ie. with racing strips of colored leather). Will take photos tomorrow and post if someone else doesn't.

No updated screens as of a few hours ago.


Brian H | 16 mars 2012

No interior DS online yet.

Larry Chanin | 16 mars 2012

From the Tesla Motors Club forum, a reservation holder interviewed George Blankenship and the Model S Product Manager.

George told me "we listened, and are definitely going to offer a console as a Tesla accessory down the road" -- or words to that effect on the video.


Brian H | 16 mars 2012

"Down the road", huh? Well, that's good. It's not going to be much use while parked in the garage at home!


Butch | 16 mars 2012

Take a look at

Winter ends at 10:14pm, 3/19/12, PDT. Tesla has until Monday Night to get the Design Studio online...