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Trevor Collett | Aug, 19 2014 | 5 Comments

American performance tuner Saleen has unveiled its first-ever electric vehicle at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, based on the Tesla Model S.

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.

"Tesla has created an entirely new class of American automobile", Steve Saleen said.

"There are many similarities to this and how Ford created the 'pony car' class in 1964 with the Mustang, which is how these vehicles stand out from the rest of the pack."

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.

Tesla has since increased its factory warranty for the Model S upon which the 4-16 is based, however, to an impressive eight years with unlimited miles.

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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