Interior Sound Reduction (Implemented)

Now Implemented!


Apparently it’s relatively easy to further improve on the Model S’ silent ride by foaming some of the hollow space around the wheel wells:
Tore up the cargo area


Should definitely come standard as it seems a simple measure that emphasizes on one of the Model S’ key features. I couldn’t stand people telling me that the Model S is silent at low speeds, but that at higher speeds it’s louder than other high-end cars. What a shame.

Tesla used to offer an Interior Sound Reduction Kit (installed) for the Roadster, that ranged from $1600 to $3800 depending on model and the amount of material to be installed. This was removed from the store in early 2013.


Comparing a 2016 Model S to a 2012 Model S, it’s clear the cars are quieter than early models. We’re considering this implemented.

Related item: Noise cancellation technology

Category: Tags: entered 27-Mar-2013


For me the MS seems similar to the Lexus LS460 at speed, one of the quietest cars made.  Most of the noise heard is wind (on both cars).  Wind noise might be reduced with double-pane glass (used on a few expensive cars). This would adds considerable weight and expense.   I've also talked to many other MS owners, and haven't heard a single complaint about the noise level - usually the opposite - they can't believe how quiet the MS is.

That said, it may be the one user referenced above had the Tesla sound insulation installed incorrectly, custom noisy tires, or some other issue unique to that car.

I'm sure it's possible to further reduce the noise levels, but Tesla has done an outstanding job at making it a very quiet car.
Thank you, that's good to know. The short drive at the Get Amped event wasn't conclusive in this regard. Still waiting for my own Model S to arrive in Europe...
The  MS I drove was surprisingly quiet at freeway speeds. Very comparable to my LS-460. I'm good with that noise level; or lac there of. :)
We  test drove a MSp85 a few weeks ago. It was rather loud (noisy) at highway speed over concrete road.

I blame it partially on the concrete surface (as opposed to softer asphalt), 21" wheel with loud tires, high wind noise.... (?)

Our GL 450 has much less noise or road noise, YET the car is so cool we ordered a metallic grey, 85kW Model S, 19" primacy tires, pano, etc (to arrive late Jan 2014).

An Electronic Noise Canceling System option may be a desirable option for people used to very quiet vehicles.
It can't be too quiet :-). I would pay a lot for a super quiet option!
My own car is 14 months old and I was yesterday driving a loaner from recent production. It must be noted that Tesla has made some great progress in this department.

And yes, it can be too quiet! ;-)
My experience after driving the Model S for 3 years now:

- don't install 21" wheels: they're noisy (and the tires don't protect the alloy)

- the car makes a lot more noise on the highways, than does my gasoil fuelled BMW 5 series

But then again: my next car will be ... just another Tesla ;-)
So yes, I hope Tesla engages some sound engineers from BMW to improve noise reduction further.
The tires play an important role in sound deadening.  My 2017 S came with tires equipped with a foam layer around the inside that absorb road noise and the softer rubber thread also serves to keep the car quiet and ride smoother.