Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Teslarati's Electric Jen gives us some welcome speculation on Tesla Model 3 initial options and configurations.

Not long ago, a Model S vs. Model 3 specification sheet surfaced, which Tesla later officially released. It was supposedly created to train employees the proper way to compare and contrast the two vehicles. However, it was seen by most as a way for the electric automaker to "anti-sell" the Model 3, or rather to push Model S sales.

Speculative Look At Which Tesla Model 3 Options Might Initially Be Offered

The sheet claims that the Model S has over 1,500 configurations, compared to the Model 3's less than 100. Jen, along with many others, was curious as to how this could be true. She worked some math and below is a breakdown of what she came up with (check out her full recap at Teslarati here):

Model S

  • 5 configurations: 75, 75D, 90D, 100D and P100D
  • 7 exterior colors
  • 6 interior choices
  • 2 roofs
  • 4 types of wheels
  • 3 Autopilot choices (no software, enhanced Autopilot, Full Self-Driving)
  • 7 additional unique options
She calculates this to be over 160,000 possibilities, which is obviously nowhere near 1500+. Jen speculated that perhaps Tesla's definition of "customizations" is the reason for such a discrepancy. However, when removing the vehicle configuration itself as "not a customization," the number is still over 30,000.

In the end, Jen figures that if she calls configurations, colors, roofs, wheels, and interiors the main customization choices, and calls the rest of Tesla's choices simply "yes or no" options, the number works out to a reasonable 1,500+ figure.

Model 3

Tesla Model 3 expected to arrive in the second half of 2017, in volume for Q4

Tesla Model 3 expected to arrive in the second half of 2017, in volume for Q4

With the same math and configuration/option scheme, Jen pushes through her speculations for the Model 3.

  • 2 configurations
  • 4 exterior colors
  • 2 roofs
  • 2 types of wheels
  • 3 interior choices
What will these be according to Electric Jen?

Colors: Black, White, Silver/Gray, Blue Configurations: 60, 75 (initially) Roofs: Solid or optional glass Wheels: 18″ or 19″ silver Interiors: black, tan, white

What about a Red Model 3?

Of course, Jen had to make the math work, and a fifth color throws everything off. She said that maybe only the top-of-the-line Tesla Model 3 P75D will come in red, and it won't come out as part of the initial production run.

Whether or not any of this pans out is a waiting game, and Jen admits that. But it's fun to entertain a little guessing. Let us know your configuration and option choices in the comment section. Let's see who comes closest to the real deal.

Source: Teslarati