The premium Model S rear seat cup holders; (PARZ) is an integrated armrest upgrade that maintains the full functionality of the factory slider units.
Before we even jump into the review, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room. PARZ stands for Premium Arm Rest Zarf, and if you’re anything like us and don’t know what a zarf is, wiki will tell you that a zarf is a handleless metal cup holder. A very fitting name considering these premium rear seat cup holders are made from full stainless steel.
Frank Tatum, founder of Hauptburg Industries, world-renown fabricator, and a Tesla owner, saw the need for premium Model S rear seat cup holders that would stand worlds apart from the basic 2nd row offering from Tesla Motors. Guided by the intent to complement and enhance the Model S interior design and functionality, the Premium Arm Rest Zarf was born: being sold exclusively through EVannex.
Do I Really Need Rear Seat Cup Holders?
Yes, and here’s why.
If you’ve ever chauffeured a pair of toddlers around, each with their own drippy sippy cup that seems to tumble endlessly across your precious back seats, or experienced the nervous thrill of clenching a grande latte between your knees for 2+ hours while on an extended road trip [to the 2013 SEMA Show], you’d know that there’s a definite need for Model S rear seat cup holders.
The PARZ installation guide clearly states that “professional installation” is required, however we’re not quite sure if that’s due to liability reasons or because unconventional tools are needed for the installation. Installation requires complete removal of the factory arm rest which may sound daunting at first, but we found it to be pretty straight-forward and not overly complex. That says a lot considering we’re not even that handy.
In our opinion, the installation can be performed in less than 1 hour by any savvy do-it-yourselfer (DIY). If you’re handy enough to perform basic drywall repairs or adept at changing your own oil + filter on an ICE vehicle (yes, we said the “I” word), then installation of the PARZ will come off as being pretty simple.
Tools Required (not included)
- Needle Nose Plier or Vice-grip
- Body Trim Removal Tool or Plastic Putty Knife (any thin wedge will suffice)
- T20 Standard Torx Screwdriver
- 8mm Nut Driver
Installation Time: 1 hour
Editor’s note: The installation time takes into account the time it took for us to document the entire process.