Called the FOURSIXTEEN (all block letters, we’ll use ‘4-16’ from here…), the new Saleen features a striking interpretation of the original Model S styling, with a deep-red paint finish to top it off.
As teased in April, Saleen has ‘enclosed’ the wide Tesla grille, emphasising the three air-intakes across the front of the EV.
Headlights and sheetmetal are unchanged from the Model S, while the rear gets revised tail-lamps and a more prominent rear wing.
Performance modifications include revised cooling for the electric motor, a locking differential to maximise traction, optional fully-adjustable suspension and a new 11.39:1 final drive ratio for quicker acceleration.
There’s an upgraded brake and tyre package, and Saleen also claims the 4-16 “sounds great”.
Inside, the 4-16 gets black leather seats with Alcantara suede inserts, carbon-fibre dash accents and a new centre console design with additional storage and a cup-holder.
The 2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN is priced from US$152,000 (AU$163,000) for US customers plus on-road costs, but various US states will chip-in some of that amount under ‘green’ incentive schemes.
Tesla Model S Warranty Now Eight Years, Unlimited Kilometres
Upon its unveiling, Saleen announced it would honour Tesla’s four-year, 50,000 mile (80,000km) warranty with its new FOURSIXTEEN.
That means the existing eight-year warranty that applied only to the battery pack now covers the entire car, minus the usual exclusions such as brake pads.
Besides new Model S EV’s, the extended warranty also applies to all examples already sold, regardless of age or the number of owners the car has had.
In a blog entry, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he expects some short-term impact on the carmaker’s earning potential, but doesn’t expect to be inundated with warranty claims.
The 2014 Tesla Model S is due to arrive in Australia shortly. Whether the new warranty will be extended to Australian customers or not is unclear at this stage.
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