New Tesla or condo? That's one question you may come up with when you see this video from T Sportline that shows a Model S with enough extras to jack its price up to $205,820. Al & Ed's Autosound of West Hollywood, CA, which has a history of such things, did the honors.

So here's the recipe. You start witt the $85,900 base price for the 85 kilowatt-hour Model S. That pricetag jumps to $123,770 with goodies such as the "performance plus" set-up (including fiber spoiler and red brake calipers) for a tidy $6,500, "smart air" suspension ($2,250), "tech package" ($3,750), ultra high-fidelity sound system ($2,500), panoramic sunroof ($2,500) and 21-inch grey turbine wheels ($4,500).

And then the fun really starts. For instance, those wheels get upgraded to "GhostGold" forged wheels for $7,500, "exterior 3M change wrap" runs $6,000, carbon-fiber body kit goes for $5,250 and the "audiophile upgrade" costs $9,500. Finally, get a load of the "bespoke" made-to-order interior upholstery. That'll run $25,000. And before you know it, you have a mean green machine that's almost twice as expensive as Justin Bieber's chrome Fisker Karma. And from a solvent company, no less.

Al & Ed's is no stranger to pushing Tesla EVs way out into the proverbial high-rent district. The team used the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show to show off a Tesla Roadster with about $50,000 worth of goodies were added. Earlier that year, they customized another Roadster to include, among other things, Mercedes-Benz leather. We've got archive coverage of those cars but we expect you'll be more interested in the new video from T Sportline of the swanky Model S below.



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      Joeviocoe
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yes,... but why would anyone buy $100,000 worth of these "upgrades" for the Tesla,... but not for BMW?? The i8 with 100,000 worth of these "upgrades" would cost $235,000
      JS
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow, "including fiber spoiler and red brake calipers." I can only imagine how much that FIBER costs
      • 9 Months Ago
      High-tech cars are wonderful to read about. I can never afford one, though. Sigh. A friend of my son's FORMER girl-friend, owned a Bentley. The light bulb in the trunk went out, so he had the dealership replace it. Cost him $650.00, for a $5 bulb! Why cost so much? Because the mechanic used a stainless-steel screwdriver to remove the 2 screws on the light cover, and wore silk gloves to change the bulb. Right. I do not understand why people love to be financially gouged. Even if they can afford it.
        Grendal
        • 9 Months Ago
        They can probably afford the upgrade to a LED bulb that will not ever burn out.
        Teleny411
        • 9 Months Ago
        Unless you are uber wealthy, you have to be smart about some things. I've never met a light bulb that I couldn't change. :)
        b.rn
        • 9 Months Ago
        " Cost him $650.00, for a $5 bulb! " $5 retail. They probably paid 45 cents for that bulb.
      Jim1961
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is a good sign of how the image of electric cars has changed greatly in a relatively short time.
      Dave D
      • 9 Months Ago
      For that money, I'd expect the brake pads to be Formula 1 grade carbon. And the wheels to be magnesium-alloy for incredibly light unsprung weight at the four corners. I'd want to see a new inverter using gallium nitride to cut the weight in half and take the efficiency from ~95% to 99.5% so I got more range and performance with less cooling needs. They're targeting the silly rich who want frills just to prove they can afford them and be "unique". If I was spending that kind of money...I'd want some serious differences in the car and it's performance. And the monogrammed leather seats....meh.
        Joeviocoe
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Dave D
        It is a shame... we are seeing the that "tuners" cannot add true performance value to an EV... not until they employ an Electrical Engineer or two.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          I agree. They don't even know how to put solder on a controller's shunt. The EV hobbyist community sure knows how to hot rod some **** though; i think in the future it's the guys on internet forums who will be opening tuner shops down the road. I have actually been to one near Boulder, CO already.
      ugot2bkiddin
      • 9 Months Ago
      I have to say, the build quality and interiors on Teslas is absolutely superb. And it really is amazing how much torque the electric motor puts out under full charge. Our CEO got one ( the 4 door ) and I got a ride along with him and two other guys I work with. With 4 people in it, that electric beast shot from 0-70mph so fast I was astonished. It would take a 63 series AMG Benz to match that pickup.
        Mike
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ugot2bkiddin
        There are a lot of cars that are quicker than the AMGs, even with a full load of people in them. Mercedes are very very heavy cars to start with so they're already at a disadvantage when you put more people in them. The Tesla has a lot of torque and it's a constant and instant amount of torque because it is an electric motor. The more Kw you suck up, the faster it'll be and the less range it'll have since it's using more electricity to put power to the ground. The battery size in the Model S is massive for a reason, it's needed to put out the performance of other cars like the RS4/RS6/TT-RS/M3/M5. What will blow your mind is that if the Tesla S was half the weight (it weighs as much as my 4WD 4Runner with a V8) it would be quicker than a Koenigsegg. It still comes down to power to weight ratio, the electric motors just have instant torque. A Stanley Steamer can burn rubber too.
      19nomad56
      • 9 Months Ago
      Just a nitpick, but why pay $4500 for the 21" turbine wheels, only to replace them with $7500 forged wheels? And the $2500 high fidelity sound system gets upgraded with another $9500? Don't get it, but of course I'm not the target market so I'm not supposed to.
        camshaft
        • 9 Months Ago
        @19nomad56
        You're not nitpicking. Just noticing an article built for the headline. Without those useless options named it would be less than 200k. Not real impressive for "the worlds most expensive..."
      purrpullberra
      • 9 Months Ago
      It seems so boring on the interior. Where is the ostrich leather on the doors? What about some high-end materials? Where is the color? Who picks BEIGE as a bespoke interior color? Here's an idea, took 1 minute: make fitted luggage! Do these idiots understand luxury vs. ripoff? That said, they deserve credit for not putting a gold grill on the front, you know, to match the Subaru wheels. These people can make things look much MUCH worse, I am certain.
      Tysto
      • 9 Months Ago
      An essential component in an "audiophile" sound system is that it not be installed in a vehicle rolling down a highway. Also, it's great they add a spoiler, because we all know how lax Tesla is about aerodynamics. :-/
        CarNutMike
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Tysto
        The spoiler is an option from Tesla, not the aftermarket shop.
      porosavuporo
      • 9 Months Ago
      Taking the sticker tuning to the new levels. Because doing anything under the hood is not really an option for these guys now - what are you going to do, change out the IGBT blocks or rewind the stator ? : )
      Jimmy
      • 9 Months Ago
      One word- Stupid
      Joeviocoe
      • 9 Months Ago
      Kinda tacky when I look at the video Basically, they put logos everywhere. Did nothing for body panels, which might have made it look more aggressive And added gold wheels which look as if they belong on a 1996 Civic An upholstery job that costs more than many new cars? And that didn't even come with the embroidered logo, that costs extra. Basically, the price tag is bumped to look high... so "Al & Ed's Autosound of West Hollywood, CA" can get some publicity... and appear to be a 'premium' establishment. Hack job!
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