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Will Tesla offer the facelift bumper as a retrofit?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Reeler, Apr 12, 2016.

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Will Tesla offer to upgrade a classic Model S to the new front bumper?

  1. No. Sell your classic Tesla and buy a new one.

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  2. Yes. The retrofit is rather easy and doable by Tesla.

    29 vote(s)
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  3. No, but the aftermarket will offer a bumper kit that will do the trick.

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  1. Reeler

    Reeler 6 Years of Pure EV

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    There are already photos floating around of a classic Model S with the new bumper. Perhaps that was just a mule or an aftermarket offering. Will Tesla allow us to upgrade? Bonus question: How much would Tesla charge for that?
     
  2. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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    where are the pics?

    Tesla will not do it
     
  3. Reeler

    Reeler 6 Years of Pure EV

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    These guys do an aftermarket nose cone that looks close: Karstyle

    New Bumper Retrofit.jpeg
     
  4. shokunin

    shokunin P85 & S40

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    The hood looks different, less of a curve on the new nose. I don't think it's a simple bolt on replacement. If anything you should ask body shops if they can do it.
     
  5. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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    that pic by an aftermarket company looks good enough to 'freshen up' an old Model S and make it look like a new version
     
  6. ifung90

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    The new bumper makes the hoodline look like a Genesis coupe ..
     
  7. WMAC

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    I had a shop put some 3M matte black around the chrome fish lips and the top portion of the cone to change the look a little.

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  8. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    I think the hard part and "expensive" aspect will be matching the paint (especially on the Multicoat colors). I hope someone at Tesla is indeed thinking about "kitting" the front as and upgrade along with the new active headlights and LED fog lamps.
     
  9. artsci

    artsci Sponsor

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    Close? Am I blind? They don't look remotely close to me.
     
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    You need to scroll/click past the first couple of (horrible) images.
     
  11. Sparktz

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    Yeah I don't know what the other guys are seeing, they look night and day different?
     
  12. WATTS-UP

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    The “S” has that classic look, the 3 on the other hand is going down the road of BMW fugly. Maybe we should redesign the bumper
    on the "3".
     
  13. tomas

    tomas Traded in 9 rep bars for M3, used to be somebody!

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    No. They will not.
     
  14. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    I have just seen my first picture of the new Frunk and based upon what I see there is no way that a retrofit can easily take place. The entire Frunk, and the surrounding plastic surrounds and interior have changed based upon that picture. So if that is the case the possibility of a retrofit has just become more complex.

    The new Frunk looks smaller.
     
  15. studiojon

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    At least in part it is smaller because the hardware for the bio-weapon mode is very big and is located in there somewhere.

    Agreed. Retrofit for the front looks quite hard.
     
  16. Edmond

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    No retrofit for any of this stuff, intentionally. They could have been offering battery upgrades and gotten a revenue stream for that, but they found that it's more profitable to force people to buy a car with bigger battery.

    So I say the bumper cover and LED headlights will be rigged to prevent retrofits.
     
  17. WATTS-UP

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    It’s cheaper to make a one piece plastic bumper/nose cone then to make and attach multiple parts. Anything can be altered or retrofitted it’s just a mater of cost.
     
  18. zax123

    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    If one were to do this to a classic S, how would one reach the battery jumping post?
     
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  19. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    I agree, no retrofits! The hood curve is very different -- if you wanted a "close" retrofit, at a minimum, you're going to need a new hood and full bumper. It's possible, but I think that would be way more than what fits in "retrofit" category (and very expensive due to the new hood and paint matching).
     
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  20. lolachampcar

    lolachampcar Active Member

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    My first impression from the pics was that Tesla changed the lamps and front bumper cover/little black plastic bit. Can anyone provide some pics indicating the change in the hood itself?
     

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