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Base Model 3...Steel wheels with aero hubcaps that look exactly the same as the current alloy wheels

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by ratsbew, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. ratsbew

    ratsbew Member

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    The though just crossed my mind that Tesla could offer cheap steel wheels on the base Model 3 with identical looking aero covers now that people are accepting of the look. It could help shave off dollars from the cost to manufacturer.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. mblakele

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    Yes, I've had the same thought. Maybe around the same time SR becomes configurable?
     
  3. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Range/performance/handling would suffer from the extra sprung weight. They are proud of the alloy wheels they have under those covers.
    Besides, lots of people uncover them and show them off.
     
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    You may be right. But I suspect all of those reasons could be transformed into demand drivers for higher-margin sport wheels.

    Well, except for the bit about pride. They'd have to be proud of the extra margin, instead.
     
  5. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Can you buy a BMW 3 series in USA with steel wheels? Nope... Didn't think so...

    You are thinking too far downmarket I think. It isn't appropriate in this class.
     

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