Saleen has been dropping breadcrumbs about its plans to develop a modified version of the Tesla Model S for a while now, and has finally released the first renderings that show off its changes to the electric sedan.

The four renderings indicate a comprehensive makeover for Saleen's Tesla. The front bumper is completely different with the absence of a grille and new louvered air intakes at the corners. The turn signals on the quarter panel appear to be open now, and the hood has new creases angled toward the center. One of the renderings promises an additional carbon fiber rear diffuser, carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon fiber deckled trim. The rear also has a larger spoiler and more aggressive rear bumper with brake cooling ducts at the corners. The interior appears relatively untouched, but the seats and much of the upholstery has been covered in a mix of leather and Alcantara.

Previously, Saleen promised to amp up the Model S' performance even farther, but it still hasn't gone into detail about what it's changing or how much it is going to cost. "I fully intend to produce one of the most compelling Tesla's to ever hit the roadway," said Steve Saleen, company founder and CEO in an earlier statement. We have contacted Saleen for more details about its plans for the Model S, and we'll update this story when we hear back.


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      Joeviocoe
      • 8 Months Ago
      Let's be honest for once... there is no "tuning" going on. Just aesthetic modification. Performance will not be enhanced at all... Saleen cannot even fathom how to tune an electric drivetrain.
        BipDBo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Agreed. They can't squeeze more juice out of the battery and they won't try. Who knows, though. They might tweak the suspension. Doubt it, but they might. Just an expensive body kit and decal, which, more likely so than not, will actually give it slightly more drag and weight. And that will need to be a really big spoiler if it's going to do anything more than try to look good on a car with a curb weight of 4,647#.
        Grendal
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        And with a low max speed of 130 MPH the spoiler won't be doing anything except adding drag.
          Will4692
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Don't be daft. You don't need to drive over 130 mph for a spoiler to work. Anyone who rides a bike knows that wind resistance is substantial enough at a mere 60 mph to make a drastic difference to handling. What, you thought spoilers only worked at 160 mph? Think again. Very few significant corners are taken at speeds above 130.
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm doubtful. I'll need to see the performance numbers before I think anything of this.
      Macvicar24
      • 8 Months Ago
      Are they going to make the "More Arrogant/Cocky Edition"
        Moreno636
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Macvicar24
        No they already make hopped up Mustangs/Camaros/ Vettes etc for that crowd.
      SublimeKnight
      • 8 Months Ago
      Grill-less cars still look goofy to the general public. Saleen did a good job here of eliminating the majority of the faux grill while not making it look like an EV1.
        MTU 5.0
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        I agree. It looks pretty good actually.
        domingorobusto
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        I agree, I really like it. They did a great job of making the no-grill look work.
      AOL IS THE WORST
      • 8 Months Ago
      Oh please stay away from the Tesla saleen. Your overdone, poorly executed garbage panels have ruined far too many cars already.
      AOL IS THE WORST
      • 8 Months Ago
      The kind of guys who like saleens overwrought grotesque body cladding are the same guys that buy over priced special limited edition hardley davidsons. The same sort that could not differentiate a Pollock from a Twombly.
        throwback
        • 8 Months Ago
        @AOL IS THE WORST
        As long as people buy his products he'll keep making them.
        drggo1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @AOL IS THE WORST
        I I was OK with what you were saying til you dogged my beloved HD.
      domingorobusto
      • 8 Months Ago
      I really like this, and I think it's something the Tesla sort of needs. It's a very pretty car when you look at it, but out in the wild it's a little pedestrian. I notice them when I see them, but none of my less car-inclined friends do. Something that special should look a little more special, and the Saleen mods nicely accomplish that without becoming gauche. And even if the performance mods were limited to brakes and suspension improvements, I'd be okay with that, as it's already plenty fast and Saleen always does great with handling and braking mods. Actually pretty excited about seeing this IRL.
      ebonys57
      • 8 Months Ago
      saleen sucks.He use to lie in the 90s about the power that his mustangs had until people started to test for themselves and found out,he is a fraud.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't know if Telsa would allow any mods on a car they so strictly control every aspect of. Even if there are no performance mods other than wheels/tires, a refreshed look would be pretty popular I bet. I have always liked the looks of Saleen cars, and the S7 shows they know how to make something look pretty damn awesome.
        throwback
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Tesla can't tell an owner what they can do with their car. They can however void the warranty on any modified cars.
        paulwesterberg
        • 8 Months Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Tesla's headquarters are in California, where vehicle modding is part of the culture. It is a sign of maturity and market leadership to have design studios like Rinspeed and Saleen try to give the vehicle a new look with aftermarket body kits.
      Lancelot
      • 8 Months Ago
      Saleen + Tesla = Made in USA = #1 God Bless American Muscle!
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      Think of the tesla as a street going slot car. Used to be able to put rewound motors in slot cars that made them blinding fast but at the expense of burning motors….a rewound tesla motor pulling 600hp….then the battery maximum amperage draw (as well as reduced range) becomes the issue.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        I'm sorry, you can't just rewind an AC induction motor for higher KV... :) If you knew how to hack the controller though, you're gold. But the P85+ car is pretty much maxed out, and you are right, the battery is the limitation.
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