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Saleen’s Upgraded Tesla Model S Is Faster, Louder, Prettier And Grittier

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.

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Saleen is now taking orders for the FourSixteen, which takes six to eight weeks for delivery.

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