This isn’t your green father’s Tesla.
Legendary tuner Saleen Automotive managed to take the cleanest car on the road and make it the meanest with its newly unveiled Saleen FourSixteen — a Model S that can dash to 60 m.p.h. in just over four seconds with more style than ever.
The FourSixteen features about $80,000-worth of improvements including a more aerodynamic and track-friendly chassis, larger wheels, upgraded brakes, a new sway bar, enhanced cooling and software modifications for better cornering, response and general drivability.
A new gear ratio takes the Model S’ stock 416 horsepower and improves its acceleration, with the added bonus of a little growl typically absent from electric cars.
Front and rear bucket seats round out the interior replacements and sum up the car’s $152,000 price tag, which also includes the cost of the base $70,000 Model S P85.
While unveiling the car at the at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California over the weekend, founder Steve Saleen said electric cars like Tesla are the future of transportation — an inevitable trend and far from a passing fad.
Saleen is now taking orders for the FourSixteen, which takes 6-8 weeks for delivery.
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