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Published on April 9th, 2016 | by Kyle Field

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Tesla Model 3 Grille Mods Hit The Market

April 9th, 2016 by  

The Tesla Model 3 hasn’t barely been out wandering around the ‘nets for a week and, already, there are a series of custom wraps available for the front grille … or lack thereof. I suppose we should tell the proprietor that the frontend design hasn’t been finalized yet … nah, that’s no fun.

Either way, these grille wraps or faux grilles are fun and speak to an audience that’s eager to get its hands on the car and modify it to no end. If you’re curious, head on over to this product page to check out the full array of creative designs — though, truly, I wouldn’t recommend putting any money down on them yet. 🙂

Here are my favorites:

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  • Gots

    Let’s make it look like an AVG P-40 Warhawk ..

    ok ..

  • NRG4All

    I have never been a fan of non-functional stuff added to a car. Fake ducts that flow no air aren’t appealing to me. I will enjoy the completely flat panel because it says there is NO grill here, I’m an electric.

  • sjc_1

    IMO they blew the front design.

    • NRG4All

      I’m getting used to it. At first I thought it somehow didn’t fit in to the design. But then I thought about how much frunk space you’ll get and it seemed to make sense.

      • Kyle Field

        Not much frunk space from the looks of it. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ce7oRJeWAAAsKjU.jpg:large

        • NRG4All

          Imagine if the front end looked like a Porsche how little room there would be. Porsche can get away with it because the engine isn’t in the front, whereas the Model 3’s at the intro were dual motor versions.

    • Kyle Field

      They are still going to tweak it so hold off on that. Also…for me, it’s attractive not only because of what it looks like…but what it is. The car is the future. It is clean, electric, high range…supercharging. Don’t judge a book by its cover…it’s what’s on the inside that counts lol.

      • omar

        As you are an owner of Model S, did you put your reservation for Model3? if yes why ?

        • Kyle Field

          I have a model S and put in 2 reservations for Model 3. Reason: Cleantechnica 😀 One will be our first vehicle to review. Second will be for me (trade in MS) or for a family member.

  • omar

    Out of subject, i would like to have an estimation of Model 3 range if it got 90 kwh battery pack like Model S ?

    • Michael B

      359 miles. 🙂 @ 65mph on level ground, etc.

      That (estimate!) is based on not quite 4 miles/kWh vs just over 3 for the S.

      • Kyle Field

        I easily achieved something like 4.2 in my Leaf so that shouldn’t be an issue for a much more aerodynamic car like the 3

        • Michael B

          4.2 is good and achievable in *mixed driving*, but I’d be surprised to see a LEAF get 4.2 at a steady 65 mph. Plus, the Model 3 will almost certainly be quite a bit heavier than the LEAF (esp with a 90kWh pack). Though I could be wrong (and pleasantly surprised) on both counts!

          • Kyle Field

            I suppose that’s the one benefit of LA traffic – we don’t have 65 mph freeways 🙁
            But in all seriousness, you are correct…except maybe about a 90kWh M3 pack…I would not put money on that. I’m leaning towards a 50/75 combo for 215/320mi ranges.

          • gundersonrogers

            50/75 combo?

    • Bob_Wallace

      That’s really hard to do. As you add batteries you also add weight and it takes some of the energy in the batteries to move the extra weight.

      As battery capacity improves we could see a car the size and weight of the Mod 3 stay the same but the capacity of the batteries increase from, say, 60 kWh to 90 kWh. That would increase range 50%, from 215 to 321.

      Battery capacity has been increasing at roughly 7% per year. (It’s not a smooth curve but one that makes sudden jump with a new battery.) If that level progress continues we could see Mod 3 size/weight cars with twice the range (~400 miles) in about 10 years. Then we’ll need to address the question of how much is enough.

  • Ed

    We will soon all be required to put plates on the front of our cars to be in compliance with the laws….laws that almost everyone else obeys. The new Model S front will probably have that in mind. Here’s what it will look like on the Model 3

    • Shane 2

      I live in a jurisdiction that has front license plates. Given that Tesla went with a faux Aston Marton air intake shape on the front of the car what do you do with your Aston when you have a front plate?

      http://s3.amazonaws.com/digitaltrends-uploads-prod/2014/08/Aston-Martin-Vanquish_4.jpg

      • Ed

        Elsewhere in the world the migration to more squat plates has followed the changes in auto styles. The US has simply not moved….kinda like not moving to the metric system.
        I like to think of the nose on the S as a “sensor panel”.

    • tibi stibi

      right on. in europa all cars have a front licence plate. which is even bigger than your example.

  • eveee

    Kind of tooth in cheek, Kyle.
    Great idea.

    Here is a great site dedicated to Tesla fans. Its called

    7 Fake Exhaust Pipes that Make Expensive Cars Look Cheap LOL.

    My favorite because it has a cat in it.

    https://d37nk263jfz2p8.cloudfront.net/image/1/1000/0/uploads/articles/rs6_12-55b632d70c1fa.jpg

    Slap one of these truck exhausts on my Model S and make it really tricked out.

    http://images.truckpartsinventory.com/p/24367/1996-MACK-CH600-Exhaust-Pipe—Parts-sVWnLDpfS0KY_b.jpg

    • Kyle Field

      That would be awesome! Tailpipe stickers like from a stock car…hehe

  • Doug Cutler

    I always found cars with headlights or taillights designed to look like fearsome eyeballs rather distracting and annoying. I think I would have a similar response to predator teeth. As humans we are designed to focus on such images to the exclusion of others when maybe, in the case of driving, we should have a broader road awareness. Seeing as its Tesla couldn’t we come up with some a little less cliche and a little more apropos? Perhaps something in a lightening or healthy planet theme?

    • Bob_Wallace
      • Bob_Wallace
        • Doug Cutler

          Naah, still no lightening. I’m not getting my new Tesla until I know for sure I can’t get a proper front grille lightening decal.

          • Doug Cutler

            On second thought . . . lightening? As in lightening bolt? Yeah, too easily confused with a competitor.

            What we need is some kind of imagery that brings to mind the electric accomplishments of the man himself. Perhaps a faux grille made out of Tesla coils.

          • Michael B

            Perhaps more annoying than enlightening, but you know it’s lightning, not “lightening”, right?

          • Doug Cutler

            Only one letter out! I’m improving. But I still like my idea of a Nikola Tesla themed decal. And something in lightning would be enlightening.

            BTW, how do get your itlalics?

          • Michael B

            1.) help.disqus.com
            /customer/portal/articles/
            466253-what-html-tags-are-allowed-within-comments-

            Talk about enlightening!

            2.) I’m a ‘maybe’ on the lightning, er, bolt, but it would have to be done artistically.

          • Doug Cutler

            Thanks for the italic tip.

            And yes, artistic is my whole point.

          • Robert Pollock

            Good point.

          • Bob_Wallace

            You want lightning? How about a dorje?

            .
            https://javierlabault.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/dorje.jpg

          • Doug Cutler

            I was thinking more like this::

          • Bob_Wallace

            You can copy/paste from your own files. Or copy in the page address for the image page if you’re getting it from online.

            Sometimes Disqus doesn’t work and even if you post it correctly the image doesn’t show up or might show up later.

          • Doug Cutler

            So I’ll keep trying. How about a texture that looks like a faux grille from a distance but turns into a solar farm up close:

          • Bob_Wallace

            Maybe a wind farm? I’ll bet more charging is done with wind than solar. Late night and all that stuff….

          • Doug Cutler

            Sure – but if you could only see the image of the solar farm I tried to post, curvilinear bands of equally spaced panels streaking across a rolling landscape. Has a lot of visual potential as a car grille graphic.

          • Kyle Field

            If you’re going solar…I want actual panels not just a sticker.

          • Doug Cutler

            I like the idea of stick-on solar panels. But they would need to be cheap enough to plaster the whole car before you would put them on the nose before the roof or hood.

            Seriously, I’m assuming your article is describing a legit market initiative. If so, the predator teeth decals are the outfit’s own little joke. Most of there other designs are for more realistic grilles some of which are quite sharp looking. I think there will be a demand; the Tesla 3 nose looks a little naked all on its own.

            I like what they’re doing. I’m just trying to encourage them and offer some potential customer feedback. Wouldn’t it be cool if a patternistic grille pattern turned into a solar array on close inspection. Some of the aeriel shots of solar farms are stunning. Bob prefers turbines. You could do that too. An even row of white turbine towers that looks like a grille from a distance with the blades set at a less obvious angle and elements of landscape present in a subtle background. Let’s get creative!

          • Bob_Wallace

            How about a Hyperloop tube? Put a station at each end….

          • Doug Cutler

            I want one! As in one of each, the decal and the actual hyperloop.

          • gundersonrogers

            Didn’t Musk suggest in a Tweet that the nose design will get a tweak before production?

          • Doug Cutler

            I believe they intentionally kept the nose on the high side to enhance the capacity of the front cargo space. I think they should stay with that. Either way it makes the car unique, whether you add a sticker or not. I’m just suggesting there may be an opportunity there for Tesla owners to make further personal statements.

            I think Kyle has a point. A regular fake grille sticker might be too easily laughed off as cheesy. But imagine this: regular ICE fanboy spots a Tesla 3 in the parking lot and approaches out of disdainfully curiosity; he’s heard the new Teslas have no grille but this one has a grille; he moves closer and realizes its not a grille but a sticker and smerks; then he moves closer still and realizes he’s been punked into sticking his nose into a clever graphic of a solar array or wind farm.

          • Robert Pollock

            Tesla was obsessed with moving energy through air, or other mediums, other than cables and wires. He believed (probably correctly in my humble opinion) that energy could be moved around at much higher frequencies than we can even measure. He was imagining things like x and gamma rays I think and referring to other dimensions. The car needs a photon torpedo bay up front.

          • Doug Cutler

            A little aggressive maybe but sure, a little weapons bay to symbolically remove Infernal Combustion vehicles from the roads could be very appropriate.

      • JeffJL

        YES!!!

      • Gots

        Uber cool …

    • Robert Pollock

      Rolling Stones Lips with a joint.

      • Robert Pollock

        Then the religious symbolism, we’ll have to put up with all that.

  • t1oracle

    So silly. Leave those faux ICE-age relics in the past.

    • Shane 2

      So silly. Tesla should have left the faux Aston Martin air intake shape off the front of the car.

      • Kyle Field

        Tesla: We made a car that is beautiful from all angles.
        Customer: Dude, this would look sick with a moustache sticker on it.
        meh.

        • Robert Pollock

          It’s America. We haven’t seen tasteless yet. Wait for it.

      • Robert Pollock

        I thought an AC Cobra was what it emulates?

    • Robert Pollock

      We’ll all need rear facing paint ball guns to obliterate the tasteless ones.

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