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Ugly nose solution

My least favorite part of my awesomely wonderful red Model S is the cheap black plastic nose cone that Tesla chose. I feel like that is the one part of the car that they missed out on.

I had the idea to have it wrapped in a matte black vinyl and today I had that done and it looks even better than I thought it would. Even my wife agrees that it looks much nicer and it makes the chrome pop and stand out much more and simply doesn't look "cheap" anymore. I considered doing a dark gray matte, but since the rest of the plastic parts are black, I chose to stick with black. If this forum wasn't do difficult to use, I would post a picture, but take my word for it, it looks much better. It cost about $150 and should last several years according to te shop that did it, then it would be easy to replace again when desired, or the plastic underneath will be in perfect shape if I just want to peel it off. I thought others might also find this as a nice simple upgrade.

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@Drips, email with photos sent.

Please send me a pic too

I saw a car transporter full of white Model S's while heading north on I-5 this afternoon. At least one of them (top front) had a white nose cone. It looked stunning! I wonder whether it was a protective cover or maybe a new feature?

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Not my car, but this was posted over on TMC by the shop (Unique Auto Films) that did it.

Not quite the same since they also covered the chrome accents:

I have always found the plastic nose somewhat anomalous on the Model S. The aesthetics are fine, but it seems like a strange choice for an otherwise all aluminum car. I have always wondered if, down the road, Tesla will do something more with the nose.


I've been thinking about the same thing. The plastic cone does look cheap if you pay attention to it. I hope Tesla or some after market guys would come up with a painted aluminum or carbon fiber one. It's not that hard to do.

why can't they make it look like the prototype.

Handy to pop off to get at the 12V posts. Or mount an EZ Pass. Etc.

The nosecone makes my father laugh. He says it looks silly and that it reminds him of a big black plastic nose that you might see on a stuffed animal.

I actually really like the unique, sleek look that it gives to the car.

The nosecone is the least inspired part of the Model S. I've often wondered if Tesla got their inspiration for the nosecone from the Concorde, the car not the aircraft.

I for one like my "nosecone" just the way it is.

Just want to add the nosecone itself is fine the only problem is the cheap looking material used. I think that's what everyone including op are saying.

I have blacked out the the oval chrome strip with matt finish vinyl wrap. It looks better, but still not good enough.

For some reason, the car's nose cone reminds me of this:

Sorry for having the patience to post the photos, I don't have anyplace to upload them to to reference this site to (really, this site is way too clumsy).

Glad to see/hear others have similar ideas, I do like the outer chrome rim being black as well, that looks nice, I may have to add that.

By the way, if you want a carbon fiber nose, just wrap it in carbon fiber vinyl, no one will ever know. Same goes for aluminum, chrome, or whatever you can think of, there is almost no end to the options. You could even have a graphic artist design a 3-dimensional looking grille and have that printed and wrapped onto it.

@gttex, if you want me to send photos, I need your email. Dripps had her email as her username, so I could send it to her.


I might wrap the rest of the nose cone in brushed aluminum in BLUE. I have the wrap already as part of something else I was doing. It looks like blue, brushed metal.
However, at some point in time, you start to detract from the car's image as a luxury perf sedan and start to become, well, ricer-ish..:-)

Gotta be careful :-)

It's time for some aftermarket product to step up.

I think those guys that made the third party CCI are also developing a custom nosecone right now.

Btw, perhaps I am missing something, but did we ever get to see the OP's solution?

I also thought about doing something like this, but my worry is that I drive a lot, including on the highway, and I figure that the matte wrap on the nose cone won't look good after a few months due to rock "chips" and stuff. So I just went with the clear Xpel.

The earliest Model Ses had a slightly thicker oval nose chrome strip. I compared two standing side by side the last time at the service center.

I'd like to see an example of nose cone painted same as body color.

Anyone have a pic of that?

Looks terrible to me, EVMD. The Tesla appears to be stuck with a perennial sad face. The spot above the frown looks barren.

I think Tesla got it right.

I still like the original nosecone best. I like how it matches the lines of the car.

I have wondered if they left the nosecone clear to add new features in the future.