19" Turbine Style Wheels With All-Weather Tires

To me the Model S exterior styling is stunning, but I'm a little "meh" on the stock 19" wheels. I'd like to collect some data in hopes that TM would eventually offer the turbine style wheels as an upgrade. I'll post the final survey tally after a few weeks. Please only respond if you're currently planning on getting the 19" wheels.

1) I like the current 19" wheel style.
2) I like the turbine style, but wouldn't pay any more for them.
3) I'd pay up to $500 extra for the turbine style.
4) I'd pay up to $1000 extra for the turbine style.
5) I'd pay up to $1500 extra for the turbine style.
6) I'd pay up to $2000 extra for the turbine style.
7) I'd pay up to $2500 extra for the turbine style.

I'm a 5. Thanks in advance for your reply.

I'm a 1 or 2.

I'm a #1.

I don't dislike the 21" turbine style, but the 19" wheels just seem more practical for year-round commuting.

For my (non-performance) Signature S, I ate the $3500 to get the 19" wheels. I would love to have been able to trade them for something useful to me like a HPWC or an extra mobile charging adapter set...

I'm a 3.

I am a 2 - 19 in turbine style are available and should be offered in place of the 21 - so much cheaper and practical at tire replacement time.

1) and 2)

In my current situation, (2). Like ReeceWeb, I ate the $3500 for a 19" wheel downgrade, and would have loved a turbine style 19" instead of the current default.

If I was ordering a Production, I probably would have said (4).

I like 'em as is, but since Tesla dropped the disc wheels, they should offer the turbine ones. I think no more than $1,000 but how about the grey performance version? I'd probably go $1,500 for those!

2 for the 19in turbine style
3 for the grey turbine style

Of course the $3500 for the 21" wheels is ridiculously high but that wasn't the deal breaker for me. The reason I decided to go with the 19s is that they (tires) will last longer than the 21s and are less expensive to replace.

Having said that, I'm not wild about the design of the 19" wheels.

Sorry Guys/Gals but I meant to limit this survey to buyers of a base Model S. I think many Sig and Perf buyers will say that they would have liked the option of a turbine style 19" wheel with all-season tires, and it should be a free option. That's another reason this wheel/tire combination should be offered for sure.

What I'm really after is what the base purchasers would pay to upgrade. I wasn't clear, my bad!

I would be a 1 or 2

2) for me.


I ordered the stock model S. I got the 19" wheels because I wanted all season tires. While I like the turbine style better I do not want them even at the same price as they only offer summer tires and I do not want two sets of wheels. That is not one of your options. - Yeah I'm trying to build a case for TM to offer the turbine style in a 19" size, paired with all-season tires. I was hoping lots of people would be willing to pay extra for that option but it's not looking like they are.

3 for the 19in turbine style
4 for the grey turbine style

@iholtzman - the restriction on tires is because you can't get all-season tires in 21" low-profile. The look of the 19" rim won't change the options of what tire you can mount to it.

I'm 2/3 -- I prefer the turbine look, but I like the 19" rims just fine so I wouldn't pay much to upgrade them.

Note that for anyone in the 6/7 category, you can probably find 3rd-party rims that give you the look you want for the same overall cost.

I'm 3

I suppose I'd be a 2 or a 3. I chose not to upgrade to the 21" wheels even though I do like them better than the 19s. But it's because of the harsher ride and shorter life of low-profile tires. Cool to look at - but less practical. And I do think the 19s look good - just similar to other manufacturers' wheels.

I'm a 5, but obviously, I would like to pay much less.

I don't think the normal 19" rims look bad; it's just that the turbine style is like the signature look of the car.

The fact that upgrading to them costs $3500 (I'm not getting Performance) made the decision to skip them easy, since it would not only be expensive, but also a hastle (faster wear, bad winter performance or wheel change required, more costly maintenence).

However, if the 21" rims were cheaper, it would have definitely made the decision tougher for me, as I really like the way they look.

Rims are getting bigger and bigger each year. A few years ago you could only get high performance summer tires in 17". Now you can get all-seasons in 19". I do not think it will be long before someone offers 21" all-seasons.

I would pay 3500 for 19 " turbine. I like the look so much that I am willing to suffer with the worse wear and ride of the 21s, and still pay the 3500, Give me the 19 inch all season in Turbine style, and TM can keep the 3500 I am set to pay for the 21s. Lucky I Live where winter weather is minimal.

Thanks for posting this. I tried to post a response to George Bs blog a while ago re this exact topic. I live in nj and the roads suck here. I agree that the turbine wheels make the Model S look outstanding and unique. Currently I have my car configured with the 21" turbines but was told to go with he 19"s by several sales reps given wear, winter handling, price.... However I would be delighted to see TM offer 19 turbines and think it is the right move on their part. I would be willing to pay up to 2500 premium. I hope George is listening!

I called Tesla many times when I found out the turbine style was 21 inch only and all weather treads stop at 20 inches. I am in love with the turbine style and feel stuck with the other ones since I am in OH and need all weather and have no patience for swapping wheels based on weather. I am a Sig S so I would be (2) since all options should be included for wheels. If I was general production I would pay $3500 to get 19 inch silver turbines.

I'm very disappointed that my only option is the 19" wheel that I find unattractive. Oh yeah, I could always purchase the 21" wheels and tires for $5,200(ridiculous). I live in Chicago. I'm hoping that Tesla will find a way to offer the turbine style wheel at 19" or 20" so I can put snow tires on it. I'd pay $3,500 for 19" or 20" grey turbine wheel.

+1 to a 19" fan wheel. I'm also in the North East, so went 19" for practical reasons, but would have preferred the fan wheel by far.

I am 1-4. Absolutely love the turbine styling, but live in the NE. Lack of a credit for 19" downgrade plus hassle of buying, storing and swapping second set of wheels kept me at standard 85kWh (loaded) instead of P85.

Same as Mike. They need to amend their wheel options. The general public will never buy it.

Ok I think I can make a convincing argument that many base Model S buyers would pay a premium (say $500-$1500) to get 19" turbine style wheels with all-season tires, and that many Signature and Performance buyers would like that choice also (at no additional cost). Both of these scenarios result in TM making more money (after the fixed cost is amortized), so it seems to be a win-win situation.

How or to whom do I pitch this?

I did not read your question correctly the first time. I would choose option 5.