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Wheel Option Speculation

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by FaultyWarrior, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. FaultyWarrior

    FaultyWarrior Member

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    Given the Model 3 Owner's Club tweeted Elon asking if they'd be production wheels (to which he replied yes); I'm going to guess a lot of people on here like the silver twisted, turbine-like wheels that were on the center prototype car (also seen on the black car in the press photos); anyone dare to speculate if those will be the standard wheels or the optional wheels? Doesn't much matter to me, since unless I can stuff a set of gray turbines off a Model S on (unlikely due to 20" vs 21" with no way to recalibrate wheel speed sensors AFAIK); I'm ordering them regardless of optional vs. standard....unless Tesla adds a 20" version of the Model S turbine wheels to the options list of course! :)
     
  2. RobStark

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    I like these the best. Aerodynamic and good looking. Far superior to the Model S Aero wheels.

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  3. Jason Bourne

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    The flat black with those wheels rocked my world.
     
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    To each his own! Those were actually my least favorite. Remind me too much of the ones on the Kia hybrid:

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    However, the ones Tesla has shown are much more nicely executed. I just don't dig that style.

    Like others, I love the turbine wheels and if I had to pick one of the three from the launch, it would have to be this one:

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    PaulusdB Mayor Gnomus Vintage Limb

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    :eek:
    1. They look like sw*st*k*s
    2. They turn the wrong way (reverse) on one side of the car
     
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    Do they? Some cars come with left and right wheels so that they turn correctly for aerodynamics... (You just can't rotate them the same way, which is a lot less of an issue on an AWD Tesla.)
     
  8. FaultyWarrior

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    3. They're mostly closed. I initially was really liking those, until I saw pictures on Friday morning showing how little of the brakes you see. bleh - not my style. Reminds me too much of steelies with hubcaps. The turbines are by-far my favorite.
     
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    Yeah if I'm going to have big brakes on the car (4 piston brembo, etc) I definitely want the wheel to be transparent enough to be able to see them, plus it lets them cool better during hard braking.
     
  10. RobStark

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    I am going to do one pedal driving.

    Cooling is largely irrelevant.
     
  11. RobStark

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    Reminds me of an extra ~3 miles of range at 80 mph with the corresponding increase in efficiency.

    Might make the difference between getting to a Supercharger at 4 AM or not getting to a Supercharger at 4 AM one day.
     
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  12. FaultyWarrior

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    I think I must be one of the only people who loves Tesla but couldn't care less about range - if it got 50 miles on a charge, I'd be more than happy. My daily commute is 20 miles total, of which almost 1/2 is canceled out by regen braking (uphill one way, down hill the other); all of that is backroads and city, so 40mph max. I care far more about performance, looks, and tech. For long trips I have other vehicles, or if the trip is for business, and I rent some crap on work's dime to avoid putting miles on my own vehicles. I'm seriously not even sure if it's worth putting in a home charger...even using the lame 120v charger, if I plug in every night, I'll be fine...or if I use a home charger, I plug in for a couple of hours once a week.
     

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