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Am I the only person here that thinks that the front grill looks like a Ford Taurus?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by PorscheDealer, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. PorscheDealer

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    #1 PorscheDealer, Feb 7, 2013
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    I am excited to get my model S P85 in late March however I dont like 2 things about the car

    1) All of the chrome (straight out of the 80's)
    2) The ugly bubbled-out cheap looking front grill

    I am looking to customize my car by blacking out all of the chrome, power coating the 21" wheels matte black and having a body shop somehow fabricate a new front grill in black (similar to this one I saw online, but in black)

    Thoughts and input and/or suggestions appreciated.
     

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  2. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    de gustibus non est disputandum
     
  3. T B

    T B President, Tesla Club Sweden

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    +1 about all that chrome. Reminds me of cars my dad used to have when I was a child.
     
  4. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    "The car has too much chrome so I want to add a shiny front." I'm a little confused by this.
     
  5. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    +1 Could apply to MANY threads on the appearance of the car. Especially color. Plus, I see a lot of age type things creeping in. I've discussed these type things in PM's with lots of folks. Sometimes they use the "looks like my dad's car" thing. Turns out, I'm older than their dad after I tell them I like their dad's car. Applies to many items on the MS it seems. Chrome, Grey wheels, Spoiler, etc...
     
  6. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    I for one like the look of the car as is. I can also guarantee that I am not older than anyone's dad that can type.

    When I see a 7 series with all black trim it makes me think cheap. It was expensive for TESLA to do what try did with the window trim and door handles.

    I do not think it looks like a Ford Taurus, I think it is reminiscent of Jaguar (post ford involvement), Aston Martin, and Masaratti. These are some of the best design companies in the world.

    Modify it however you want, but understand that it is an electric car and some parts are not meant to be exposed to water continually. So turning a front solid nose cone into a mesh one may not bode well for your warranty coverage.

    You will also be creating a windsock... So much for aerodynamics...
     
  7. artsci

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    #7 artsci, Feb 8, 2013
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    So you don't like any chrome but you want to change the front grille to that? Seems antithetical. I for one hate all of the blacked-out look.
     
  8. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    I have been thinking about possible matting the chrome strip below the doors and also possibly matting the glossy nose cone, but I think that cone in your pic looks like a bad Bently or Jaguar impression.

    Also, I have a suggestion: Don't use font size 5 or more in your posts for no reason.
     
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    I like the chrome and the grill. To each their own.
     
  10. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    I might be interested in switching to the grill you showed in the photo. If for no other reason, because the bugs wouldn't show up as well (I drive through the everglades every day). Then again, where would the bugs go with that grill?
     
  11. kinddog

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    yes. you are.
     
  12. yobigd20

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    Every time I see that grill, I think about a kitchen cheese grater for bugs.
     
  13. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    A lot of people ask me about the similarity to the 2013 Fords... I simply tell them that Ford has done a good job of adding some of the best design elements in the industry to its cars.
     
  14. Al Sherman

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    +1 I think the new Taurus is a nice looking car.
     
  15. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    There's a whole thread devoted to the proposition that there's too much chrome on the Model S. Personally, I like the chrome generally but wish that it were just a bit narrower. For my taste, I certainly wouldn't black/matte it out.
     
  16. derekt75

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    I think Model S looks an awful lot like the Ford Fusion, not the Taurus.
    and I agree with Flasher: both the Ford and the Model S look nice.

    I've had the car for over a month now. The #1 comment I get is: "but how far can you drive?". The #2 comment is: "what a great looking car". #3 is comments about the touchscreen or software, and then you get questions about charging details.

    Anyway, most people love the look of the car.

    Personally, I like shiny, and I chose the silver wheels over the gray.
     
  17. tomanik

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    Not a huge fan of the nose cone and is one of the reasons I ended up finalizing with Black as it blends in and changes the feel of the car imo. Anyway, share your view and look forward to aftermarket options at some point in the future.
     
  18. rlpm

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    +I :wink:

    et coloribus
     
  19. Dborn

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    Simple fix - wrap the cone with carbon fibre.
     
  20. celter

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    I like the grill ... A lot. But contrary to you I also like the chrome details on the Model S.
     

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