19" Turbine Style Wheels With All-Weather Tires

19" Turbine Style Wheels With All-Weather Tires

To me the Model S exterior styling is stunning, but I'm a little "meh" on the stock 19" wheels. I'd like to collect some data in hopes that TM would eventually offer the turbine style wheels as an upgrade. I'll post the final survey tally after a few weeks. Please only respond if you're currently planning on getting the 19" wheels.

1) I like the current 19" wheel style.
2) I like the turbine style, but wouldn't pay any more for them.
3) I'd pay up to $500 extra for the turbine style.
4) I'd pay up to $1000 extra for the turbine style.
5) I'd pay up to $1500 extra for the turbine style.
6) I'd pay up to $2000 extra for the turbine style.
7) I'd pay up to $2500 extra for the turbine style.

I'm a 5. Thanks in advance for your reply.

Getting Amped Again | 20. oktober 2012

Alex K - that is a great idea! A 20" turbine-style wheel and all-season tires might give us the best of both worlds: all-weather performance and the looks and performance of the 21" wheel but with more cushion between the wheel and the road.

I think you nailed it!

h8young | 20. oktober 2012

+1 on the 20" turbine wheels.

dborn | 21. oktober 2012

I don't know about the USA, but in Australia 19 in tyres are far cheaper than 21in. Aside from that, there is no need for winter tyres. The selection for 19 in is also far greater and in particular, low rolling resistance, wet weather performance, grip and quietness would be the main considerations, in association with long tyre life. There is approx $200 PER TYRE extra in the cost of 21in high performance. 21 in tyres just don't cut it here for those reasons.
19 in turbines PLEASE.

Swigg66 | 21. oktober 2012

I'm a 1 and 3, it just seems like the 19 inch rims have more benefits than the 21 inch rims

eikrokei | 21. oktober 2012

While I don't really dislike the current 19" wheels I do prefer the "turbine" style. I'd say I'm a 3 or maybe a 4.

bsimoes | 21. oktober 2012

I'm a "2"--Metal is metal; what it is shaped into can't cost that much more for the turbine style, especially when you figure the number of wheels that Tesla is dealing with. I'm sure that they could just get rid of the present 19" design, and nobody would be upset if it were to be replaced with the turbine style.

dborn | 21. oktober 2012

Bsimoes- +1

dborn | 21. oktober 2012

This could become a trademark feature like the old radiator grille on all cars in years past. See the wheels, identify it as a Tesla. Hmm what say you George?

Getting Amped Again | 21. oktober 2012

If someone can help me with the HTML to post an image I have a Photoshopped version of a Model S with 19" turbine wheels. Thanks.

nickjhowe | 21. oktober 2012

@G.A.S - upload the image to and then just cut and paste the HTML into the forum comment box. Make sure you resize the image to c. 600 px before upload because the forums don't handle large images well.

Getting Amped Again | 21. oktober 2012

Thank you nickjhowe but I think this should work:

JakeP | 21. oktober 2012

Excellent letter, Getting Amped Soon. I really like how you tied in the solidification of the turbine wheel as a central part of the brand image.

And now I will likely own two sets of 19" wheels, when the new 19" turbines are released next year!

NJS1207 | 21. oktober 2012

Option 4

Brian H | 21. oktober 2012

Getting Amped;
No, Flickr requires you to get a specific link from the 'display all sizes' menu, etc. Display the size you want, right-click, select the postable URL, etc.

frisbin | 24. oktober 2012

How about the 9-spoke turbine wheels of the early (alpha?) cars.

It looks better to have brake rotors and calipers more visible with the wider spokes and I suspect this style would look better on 19" than the 10-spoke design would.

Curmudgeon | 24. oktober 2012

I am on the Oregon coast and don't often see snow.
I prefer (1) the stock 19" wheel.

NJS1207 | 25. oktober 2012

I have been working with Elie an Al & Ed's West Hollywood to come up with a 19" turbine wheel option. Here is a link to a picture of the 19" wheel Elie is proposing (unfortunately, I can't figure out how to imbed a picture here, so I am cross-referencing a post I made on the teslamotorsclub site)

I believe the cost woud be about $3000 with Goodyear tires mounted. Elie would also offer a trade in credit for 21" wheels/tires.

Getting Amped Again | 25. oktober 2012

NJS1207 - I Photoshopped the Elie an Al&Ed wheel onto a Model S:

How much credit would they give for the stock 19" wheels (would I keep the tires)?


Brian H | 26. oktober 2012

like this?

Just use standard img HTML.

NJS1207 | 26. oktober 2012

That's the one. Thanks Brian. Nice work with photoshop as well. I will ask Elie about the possibility of trading in stock 19" wheels.

aa012a | 26. oktober 2012

Found this ones... it seems that they have a 5x120 option. Could someone check that the rest of parameters are suitable for Model S? I am not an expert in this subject.

Getting Amped Again | 26. oktober 2012

I saw a green performance Model S in the Seattle area a few weeks ago (CA manufacturer plates), and the rear 21" silver wheel had a nasty curb scrape. I noticed the tire had no rim protection, and the wheel stuck out more than the tire.

Another reason for the 19" Goodyear Eagle RS-A2 245/45R19 tires - they come with a bead of rubber near the wheel that's called a rim protector. I've had Eagle RS-A tires on a few nice cars and the rim protector saved my ass several times. You scrape your tire against the curb, curse, then get out to expecting to see that nasty scrape on your pretty wheel and nothing's there. These are really nice, quiet tires that wear well and have good performance. They just deserve a nicer looking wheel!

GoTeslaChicago | 13. november 2012

I would probably be willing to pay up to $2,500 for 20 inch turbine style rims with all season tires.

The beauty of turbine style rims, the practicality of all season tires!

bsimoes | 17. november 2012

I just called the Boston store and talked to Wendy, the manager. I asked her about the possibility of 19" fan wheels, and she said that perhaps, in the future, but probably not for a while if at all. Good to know.
While I had her, I asked about the winter vs. summer tire and wheel switch-out. She said that the 19" with all-season tires should be very adequate for winter. She said that this is what the northward-bound test-drive vehicles are being set up with. So, according to her, there is NO need to switch out tires twice a year. If true, this is huge.

jerry3 | 17. november 2012


It will depend upon what you think is adequate. In real winter conditions there is just no substitute for four non-studded snow tires from a top tier tire manufacturer such as Nokian, Michelin, or Yokohama.

However, if you never drive during, or for a few days after, a snowfall then all-seasons will work. There are also severe-service all-seasons (Nokian WR-g2 is an example) which are almost as good as real snow tires--unfortunately they aren't available in the Model S' size.

With vehicle stability control and traction control the Model S should be a very good winter car--provided it has good tires on it.

BossFox | 25. desember 2012

Option 4, I'd pay $1000 (or UK equivalent + shipping) for turbine 19 inch rims.

With the roads in the UK there is no way I'd order a car on 21 inch rims, it's just not happening.

This leaves me stuck with the stock 19 rims that (if I am honest) are probably the least appealing visible part of the car. They just don't look good.

I'd even consider going down to 18 inch rims if the styling was good and they fitted over the brakes. Better tyre choice too.

If I get stuck with the stock rims I'll probably look for an aftermarket option... unless Tesla are using a stud spacing unlike other cars.

tchcars | 25. desember 2012


sbern18 | 25. desember 2012

I took delivery of with 19" wheels on silver body and pano roof. Looks stunning and have gotten unsolicited compliments on the wheels.