Multi-Coat Red...Too Flashy?

Multi-Coat Red...Too Flashy?

I apologize for this being not only a subjective post but also a personal one. Like I'm sure most of you did, I am agonizing over every option choice, but most of all, what color to pick. I'm deciding between gray, pearl white, and red (will be P85 with gray 21's and tan interior). I absolutely love the red. It is stunning, but I'm worried it may send the wrong message for me. I'm a relatively young (32) entrepreneur and am concerned a bright red $100k+ car may send the wrong message to my staff. I am not a flashy guy at all, and never considered a red car before I saw the MS. I know the car attracts attention anyway, but do I want the extra attention (cops?) from the red? I know all colors are beautiful, so at the end of the day there is no wrong choice. Am I being crazy? Did anyone else struggle with this? Any red owners have thoughts?

Thank you all for being a tremendous community and educating me the past year.

TomasT | 25 luglio 2013

If you really like the Red please get the Red. I went through the same thing as you are right now and got the silver. But then I saw a Red and thought "Man, life is too short to be worrying about what other people think or might think! Red is freaking awesome!!!" I played it safe... not proud of that. Objects that we own only speak about our taste and expression. Our cars don't necessarily mean that we want to call attention to ourselves. We just like Red! What's wrong with that? The Model S is one of the few cars I've ever liked in Red. If that's your favorite do it!! ;-)

TrikinCurt | 25 luglio 2013

I did, though I am 41 :)

I had a brown car until one hour before the order was finalized. Watched a YouTube video on someone with the red car and made the change! My wife hates red so it was tough, but I am THRILLED with the color. It is a car where people take pictures of you while driving, while parked, anywhere, red or not, it is a Tesla and for awhile that is enough that your employees will notice either way.

Kimscar | 25 luglio 2013

Next July I'm going for Red. Color is very subjective so you should get the color you like. I've seen the red at the Brea Mall in Calif. I want the car to stand out and red does that. I'm sure it will stand out for the police also. I think each individual just needs to pick the color they like, especially when your spending that much money.

lolachampcar | 25 luglio 2013

50+ and the red is just fine. MS #1 was silver as the red was not shipping. The roadster red is flashy (my preference) while the MS red is a good understated sedan red.

jrettinger | 25 luglio 2013

Thank you guys for the feedback. I keep trying to talk myself into the red but something keeps holding me back. Hearing these stories really help.

hademarco | 25 luglio 2013

Agree with Tomas. The only reason I didn't get the red was that I didn't want to wait till March when the color was made available. I got the black in January. I'm really jealous of the those with the red. I'm not a flashy person either. Go for it!

TomasT | 25 luglio 2013

Getting the Red, based on what you said above, would be a statement about how secure you are about yourself. Not getting it would be putting other people's opinions before your own.

I saw a guy in his 40s with his family happily driving the Red and the last thing in my mind was that he was trying to get noticed. What I thought was, man, that guy chose the color I wanted! Good for him!

KennyB@US-FL | 25 luglio 2013


I'm almost in the same boat as you. Until this morning I had my Model S configured in Silver. I currently drive an LS460 in Matador Red (which I absolutely LOVE!!!) I was at the Port St. Lucie supercharger grand opening yesterday and there were quite a few Signature Reds and current Reds there, so I was able to compare all three side by side (so to speak). I prefer the Signature Red, but as we all know, it is not available any longer. This morning I changed my configuration to the Red. It has grown on me, and as TomasT has said, I'll probably regret any other color if I choose it. I say go for it!

yonak | 25 luglio 2013

I have the red P85 & it is stunning. I'm not a black interior guy, but the black seats with the red piping sets the rest of the car off. I tries to get them to put the red piping on the grey or tan interior & was told no.

yonak | 25 luglio 2013

Should be "tried".

markapeterman | 25 luglio 2013

Agree red is stunning - Grey Performance wheels complete the look.

SamO | 25 luglio 2013

I was going to get the red. I would NEVER buy a red car but the MS red is so damn beautiful.

In the end it was just too flashy for me. Ticket magnet, object of lust and desire. Attention seeking.

I eventually pulled the trigger on my second favorite color: grey.

Maybe I'll get the Model X in red ;-) | 25 luglio 2013

I am like you in that I have usually had black cars with the occasional white or silver thrown in when I was feeling wild. My wife talked me into the looking at blue or the the MC Red and after seeing an MC Red in the wild.

I have no regrets--it a beautiful car and the the red emphasizes that. That being said, color is personal and you need to feel comfortable every time you climb into your car and not cringe.

One final thought--red can also mean other things like being bold and aggressive, which are also not bad characteristics for an entrepreneur.

Good luck either way,


Carefree | 25 luglio 2013

I would not worry about what "statement" the car makes. Get the color YOU like - your staff and clients probably interpret less into your color choice than you do.

jrettinger | 25 luglio 2013

Sam, Gray is my 2nd choice as well!

J.T. | 25 luglio 2013

I think at this time some attention should be paid to TrikinCurt who got red even though his wife hates red.

Talk about not caring what other people think.

Good luck with that.

TomasT | 25 luglio 2013

Jtodman: "I think at this time some attention should be paid to TrikinCurt who got red even though his wife hates red.
Talk about not caring what other people think.
Good luck with that."

LOL Bravest man here. A national hero, if you ask me.

jrettinger | 25 luglio 2013

+1 to "I think at this time some attention should be paid to TrikinCurt who got red even though his wife hates red."

My wife is trying to CONVINCE me to get the red.

tobi_ger | 25 luglio 2013

J, then it's no longer your choice, you got to go with red, or you'll never hear the end of it... :)

Mathew98 | 25 luglio 2013

Well, my boss, aka da wife put it in no uncertain terms that she prohibits me from getting the MC red due to the potential risk of getting tickets and extra unwanted attention.

I got the MC red anyway. Sometime in life you just have to go with whatever that will make you happy.

For me, I will have to live with the color decision for the next decade or two. I had cars with beige, light blue, green, and emerald blue color twice.

None of my previous car DESERVE to be in the bright multi-color red that MS offers.

In regards to the myth of getting tickets due to the bright color, it is just a myth. You'll get a ticket for speeding regardless of what color car you drive. Get the color you like and stick to within 5-10 mph of speed limit and you'll be fine (pun intended).

Cruise control is your friend. Try and use it sometime.

OT a little bit, how many MS drivers have gotten tickets where the exterior color is not red?

tobi_ger | 25 luglio 2013

"I got the MC red anyway."
LOL ... and good for you!

jrettinger | 25 luglio 2013

Matthew98 deserves some sort of award!

Mathew98 | 25 luglio 2013

@Jrettinger - No rewards necessary. The boss agrees with my decision after several weeks of ownership. So do all my neighbors and other random pedestrians and drivers.

Oh yeah, my car gets lots of attention. It might even help me delay the mid life crisis...

FYI, I still have a full head of hair. I will dread the day my hair migrate south and to the wrong side of the neighborhood...

tomtesla85P | 25 luglio 2013

I have owned many cars. I have a S85 in red and love it. I had angst about the red before it was delivered. No angst now for the first red car I have owned

Christianjacques | 25 luglio 2013

The day of my road test, I haad in my mind multicoated white with tan interior, I change my mind for multi coated red with black interior and I'm so HAPPY. Incredible look, it goes with the style of the car.

Brian H | 25 luglio 2013

The "ticket magnet" is an old urban legend. Ask a few cops.

JPPTM | 25 luglio 2013

I've got the red with black interior and obeche gloss--it is a very complex sophisticated red which looks radically different between day & night and in different lighting. You will not be disappointed.

hsadler | 25 luglio 2013

We discussed the red for 2 hours at Menlo Park. Took the sample outside, different lighting and shading. Were not that thrilled with it, but weren't crazy about other choices.

Decided to chance it - even though it meant waiting a few extra months.

Our first sighting was when we stepped into the factory (tour) during delivery. Absolutely speechless!! Reds everywhere.

Thanks Elon, for working hard to get the color right!

It still amazes me to watch it coming down the street and turning into MY driveway when she brings it home.

Anonymous | 25 luglio 2013

I didn't even tell my wife I was buying a new car until I confirmed my order (no backing out now). I was set on the Pearl White, but the red was saying: pick me! Got the red one with black interior. Confirmed on July 6th, pickup scheduled for Aug 3rd. Can't wait!

dougiec68 | 25 luglio 2013

definitely concern yourself less with what others think and go with what is "talking" to you in terms of color. that said, I configured for red originally (life is too short, etc etc) but elected to go with the MC blue which I love. turns out that the lipstick red simply wasn't for me. would have preferred a deeper tone, more akin to the signature burgundy.

that said, you can't go wrong. you will swiftly car more about the way the car drives, the gas you won't be using, and the overall attention you're going to get from the car regardless of the color.

Doug 85/blue,tan,21,roof

SevenOfNine | 25 luglio 2013

The car screams $100k no matter what color it is. I got the red and haven't looked back. I am female and typically have my kids in the car, so that balances out the flashiness. If I were a guy, people would be more apt to judge.

BTW - I met someone who works in the Fremont Tesla factory, and she said that a LOT of red ones are in production now, so I'd you liked the rareness of the color, be prepared for that to change.

George with SacEV | 25 luglio 2013

I picked the multi-coat RED, as the green was way too "olive drab" for me. I would also offer another perspective: The RED is actually safer in many driving situations, as it WILL BE SEEN by other drivers easier.

In low light and foggy conditions, which can be experienced in many areas, the RED is so much safer than any grey or silver shading.

As a Ph.D. psychologist, I would urge anyone to pick the color that THEY find most appealing ....and then find a rationale to justify that choice, if they must have such.

We were in an Acura dealership many years ago, serious about the midrange model there, and our salesman tried to tell my wife what color vehicle she should like. We simply walked out. These are personal choices and they are not trivial (read not cheap), so live your own life!

thomas2V | 25 luglio 2013

Dude, I am an entrepreneur too and love my multi red. Its just out of the world and I sometimes walk into the garage to drool over it even after 3500 Miles ! Its awesome and I have had cops smiling at me and corvette and Porsche Owners flip me ( after "electrifying" them ) while a host of guys from little kids to old men in trucks come up and say- what an amazing car ! JUST DO IT! GO RED !

samsides | 25 luglio 2013

I am in the exact same boat. The black is gorgeous, but very safe. The red is just "SO RED" that I am afraid I will regret it. Why am I agonizing so much? I am worried about seeming too flashy or showy in the red car.... I promised myself I would decide tonight, but just sent an email to a bunch of my car enthusiast friends asking for their votes. Call me crazy.

peggykay | 25 luglio 2013

I had the car all spec'd out in silver until I learned that red was available. Instantly changed to red with
black interior (& red piping). No regrets; I love it, and others drool over it. Folks on my team (30 strong) identify with the boss for getting the car of her dreams, ticket risk and all.

ssarker | 26 luglio 2013

Drove a dark red Geo Prizm for 6 years, brighter red Solara for 5 years, drab silver Sienna for another 7 years. Stopped about the same number of times by cops with each, definitely fewer tickets in the Sienna. For ME, the MC red is way too flashy. LOVE my understated (black on most days) blue MS :)

Colasec | 26 luglio 2013

I thought MC red with the silver 21"s was my first choice (meaning I would have gotten it if I would have felt comfortable spending $5K on color and wheels), but I love love love my black with 19"s.

AmpedRealtor | 26 luglio 2013

I ordered mine in Realtor® Red *lol*

2EV-Family | 26 luglio 2013

I looked into this myth of red cars getting more tickets and have never been able to find anything to validate it. See the Snopes report below:

I get nothing but great reactions to the red color, especially out in the bright sun. I recently had it parked at the Greenwood Car Show on an amazing sunny Seattle day as a part of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association display. Over 11,000 people walked by and gave compliment after compliment about the color (and everything else about the car). see pictures here

My son had his home made ev conversion there too:

RWDPLZ | 26 luglio 2013

After seeing the colors on cars in person, red and gray were my favorites, in that order. Red with the tan interior was VERY nice. I've had red cars and never got any additional attention from the police. Yellow is the color you want to avoid for police attention. The Signature red was starting to grow on me, too.

Captain_Zap | 26 luglio 2013

Red is the ONLY color.

Captain_Zap | 26 luglio 2013

As for the red car and ticketing issue, take a look at Snopes. They say that it is a myth. I agree with a previous poster that in most lighting situations you are much more visible in a red car.
The prettier the red, the more visible you are.
The Tesla is a car worthy of red.

AnitaToronto | 27 luglio 2013

Ever since I saw the photos of the Model S in red, I was set on this color with the black leather and red piping. I ordered in 2012 but waited until late May to get it delivered and do not regret it one bit. I smile everytime I look at my car, it gets so much positive attention and I don't care what other people may think. For me, it would not have worked in any other color.

Larrybrichmond | 28 luglio 2013

I was going to get brown but after spending an hour at a Tesla service center that just received more than a dozen cars in all colors except red. I,felt all the colors were on the dark side. As a result I switched up my entire order. I went with red P85, 21 inch silver wheels, black leather with red pipping and oboe he Matt finish. I also recommend the spoiler and the tech package. When I told my wife I was going with red, she couldn't believe it and said she didn't want to be seen in a red flashy car. After receiving the car, my wife soon admitted that shed loves the color and prefers it much more than any of the other choices. If you want red, get it!! | 28 luglio 2013

Your going large with the S. Go proud!!

Captain_Zap | 28 luglio 2013


That is what I mean when I say that red is the only color Tesla offers. Congrats!

It wasn't until recently, via these threads, that I learned that there was a stigma associated with red.

I knew about the red light district and other kinds of symbolic meanings for red, but I didn't realize it could apply to cars.

jberton | 28 luglio 2013

I just ordered a Red S85, should take delivery mid September before my 70th Birthday. The question I have is the Studio speaker upgrade, I'm considering (if not to late) to add that to the car. Does anyone have the upgrade and how do you like it? I currently have Sirius XM and like the system, not real sure about Tunein over the Internet. Someone talk to me.


Captain_Zap | 28 luglio 2013

Do a search via
LOTS of opinions!

Brian H | 29 luglio 2013

Next up in the Accessories store: MC Red lipstick!

I am 3146 | 29 luglio 2013

The simple solution is to buy TWO. Buy the Silver one for work and buy the red one for nights and weekends!