Model S 21" Option vs Model 3 19"/20" Option Wheel, which looks better?

Model S 21" Option vs Model 3 19"/20" Option Wheel, which looks better?

  • Model S 21" Option Wheel Looks Better

    Votes: 12 46.2%
  • Model 3 19"/20" Option Wheel Looks Better

    Votes: 14 53.8%

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Michael Russo

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I voted for the 21''... yet realistically they would represent close to 15% of the base price so I doubt I'd break my pink piglet for that... ;)
 

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Teslas cost for upgrading to larger rims outpaces the aftermarket...I'm leaning towards going with the base wheels at delivery for snow tires and then the aftermarket for 19/20 F/R wheels and tires...

Based off of what corvette 19/20s cost me (a grand) ...I don't see the logic of buying tesla larger wheels...from the factory...

I'm not spending even 10 percent premium off of msrp of the total tesla vehicle for larger wheels from tesla.

I could happily have a second set of 19/20 inch rims and tires for 2600 dollars if that..

Tesla can charge whatever they like for their larger wheels and tires. I just don't want to be forced to get it just to get awd and a performance mode.
 

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Teslas cost for upgrading to larger rims outpaces the aftermarket...I'm leaning towards going with the base wheels at delivery for snow tires and then the aftermarket for 19/20 F/R wheels and tires...

Based off of what corvette 19/20s cost me (a grand) ...I don't see the logic of buying tesla larger wheels...from the factory...

I'm not spending even 10 percent premium off of msrp of the total tesla vehicle for larger wheels from tesla.

I could happily have a second set of 19/20 inch rims and tires for 2600 dollars if that..

Tesla can charge whatever they like for their larger wheels and tires. I just don't want to be forced to get it just to get awd and a performance mode.
The only thing I will say to the contrary here because I mostly agree is that you want to avoid "cheap" rims. I am personally fearful with the weight of this car.

As an aside, back in 2002, I had an Audi A4 and I paid $3,500 for 18" rims and tires aftermarket. The tires were $1,000 and the rims obviously $2,500. Obviously that's an old example and I haven't kept up with the aftermarket as I have essentially driven stock cars since then but the point remains be weary of cheap rims.
 

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I really like the Model 3 wheels and glad to see their (apparent) production version is more or less the same as what we saw on the Alpha last year (lets hope the lug covers end up being CF!). If I were to choose between them and the Model S's turbine, I'd go with the Model 3's. I like that they are unique and feel fresh while the turbines have nice details (like the spoke connections at the center alternating between the flat profile at the lug nuts and the skinny profile) they feel much more ordinary.
 

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Teslas cost for upgrading to larger rims outpaces the aftermarket...I'm leaning towards going with the base wheels at delivery for snow tires and then the aftermarket for 19/20 F/R wheels and tires...
Most manufacturer's upgraded rims are priced higher than the aftermarket.

As much as I like those 19" wheels for the 3, I'm also considering going with base wheels, and (once I've burned all of the rubber off the original tires) using those for snow tires and getting wider aftermarket rims for the summer.
 

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Any speculation on what the base wheel set will be? Maybe those flay aerodynamic wheels? The turbine style wheels look to good not to be an upgrade.
The 19's will undoubtedly be an upgrade.
We've seen two different styles of 18" wheels. One of these will be the base.

There is some thought that the "aero" wheels are actually a cap that can be put over the other 18" wheels, but that's not clear. We'll have to wait and see.
 

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The 19's will undoubtedly be an upgrade.
We've seen two different styles of 18" wheels. One of these will be the base.
There is some thought that the "aero" wheels are actually a cap that can be put over the other 18" wheels, but that's not clear. We'll have to wait and see.
If these are in fact real rims, how do you get to the lug nuts? No, center lock rims >$10K per set are not going to be base rims. They are in fact wheel covers for the 18" V-spoke rims to increase EPA rated range. Prius did the same thing.
 
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The turbines are definitely the upgrade and will definitely be on my car! ;)
I wholeheartedly agree. ;)

I really care less and less for the V-spoke 18'' and will gladly sacrifice a few miles of range not to have the UWCs anywhere near me... o_O

And, if the 19'' turbines are too pricey, I'm reaching out to @Mad Hungarian for help! :D
 

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I wholeheartedly agree. ;)

I really care less and less for the V-spoke 18'' and will gladly sacrifice a few miles of range not to have the UWCs anywhere near me... o_O
I really fell in love with the turbines as 20's on the alpha prototype and still like them a lot as 19's. The only thing wrong is the center cap which was awesome as carbon fiber and alright as solid black. Though we've only seen that piece once on a release candidate so I'm anxious to see what that ends up like.
 

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I agree 100% with this. As long as they don't ask to much for the 19".
My gut feeling is that the 19" rims are a $2,000 upgrade over the 18" rims.

That said on Model S to go from base 19s to the Cyclone 19s is $2,500.

Though I do believe things will cost less on Model 3.
 

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Though I do believe things will cost less on Model 3.
Why do you say that? A 19" rim is a 19" rim regardless of the price of the car. I would love it if I went into the local tire and wheel store and said:
"I'd like a set of those Bummer 19" rims for my car."
(store) "oh, I see you are driving a Prius. Let me discount those rims 50% for you."

Now, for example, custom paint will be less expensive on the TM3 because it is smaller. And those 19" rims may be at your price point, but only if they are cheaper to manufacture. You get what you pay for. But then again, they might be cheaper because of economies of scale. Or, all 19" rims are not created equal. ?Quien sabe?
 

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Why do you say that? A 19" rim is a 19" rim regardless of the price of the car. I would love it if I went into the local tire and wheel store and said:
"I'd like a set of those Bummer 19" rims for my car."
(store) "oh, I see you are driving a Prius. Let me discount those rims 50% for you."

Now, for example, custom paint will be less expensive on the TM3 because it is smaller. And those 19" rims may be at your price point, but only if they are cheaper to manufacture. You get what you pay for. But then again, they might be cheaper because of economies of scale. Or, all 19" rims are not created equal. ?Quien sabe?
I say that because of volume production.

Also I think things are inherently more expensive on the S because "they can" and because that was part of the mission to get to the 3. Remember Elon has said many times that the S funded the 3.