The Tesla Model S is already a shockingly quick car. The electric drive train will propel it to 60 miles per hour in just over five seconds. But that’s not fast enough for Steve Saleen, owner of Saleen Automotive, who recently said that his company’s upgraded example of the Model S, called the FourSixteen, will sprint to 60 mph in the mid- to low four-second range. Because why not.
Saleen Automotive takes awesome cars and makes them even more awesomer. The company just unveiled its take on the Tesla Model S at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The $152,000 car features a number of mechanical, aerodynamic and aesthetic upgrades over the original.[gallery ids="1045267,1045268,1045269,1045270,1045271,1045273,1045274,1045275,1045276,1045277"]
Plus, the FourSixteen has a functional cupholder! Seriously, Elon. Model S buyeres shouldn’t have to spend $152,000 to get a cupholder.
Steve said at the car’s unveiling that he views electric cars not as a fad, but as the trend. It’s where the future is going in transportation, he adds.
Saleen states that the FourSixteen is more aerodynamic than the original. It also has improved cooling and a more track-friendly chassis, with several enhancements including a different sway bar and a software update that Saleen says improves cornering response and drivability.
The FourSixteen packs the same 416 horsepower rating as the Model S. However, thanks to an all-new 11.39:1 final gear ratio, the car is noticeably quicker and a bit louder. It also has larger wheels and upgraded brakes including an optional carbon ceramic disc system.
The interior also received upgraded interior components, but Saleen seeming removed some of the Model S’s seats. Saleen calls the FourSixteen a “four-seat supercar” with front and rear bucket seats, where the Model S sports a rear bench seat and two rear-facing seats in the back compartment.
Pricing starts at $152,000, which, mercifully, includes the cost of the base P85Model S sedan. The company is taking orders now, but the vehicles take 6-8 weeks for delivery.