Saleen Overhauls Tesla Model S into FourSixteen: Pebble Beach
The Tesla Model S P85 is effectively page one, chapter one of “How to Make a Proper Electric Car Go Fast.” Going off that theme, think of Saleen's new creation as the first major plot twist, expected but nevertheless exciting. This is the FourSixteen. Shown for the first time at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Saleen FourSixteen might still have that typical Tesla look, but thanks to a few upgrades, it should have an entirely different feel. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Saleen FourSixteen
The renowned Mustang builder has taken its scalpel to the standard car’s lines, crafting a new front diffuser and fascia, aerodynamic decklid spoiler, and carbon fiber rear diffuser – all in the pursuit of downforce and road grip.
At all four wheels, Saleen modified the Model S’ suspension setup with monotube coilovers, which work together with a new sway bar setup to boost cornering speed without killing the Tesla ride quality. Serious track-minded drivers can opt for an optional fully adjustable setup as well.
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Which brings us to power. The Tesla P85 had lots of it, 416 horses to be exact, and so does the FourSixteen, but its difference will be in how it delivers that EV grunt to the ground. The Saleen packs an all-new 11.39:1 final gear ratio to make for quicker acceleration over the standard car, as well as an added locking differential to keep maximum traction.
Sound like your cup of tea? The Saleen FourSixteen starts at $152,000 (includes price of the base P85 Model S), though state and federal EV incentives can push that figure down by between $7,500 and $15,000.
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