Although Saleen became famous for its aftermarket take on the Ford Mustang , the California-based specialist is more than just a muscle car tuner. Although its current lineup offers beefed up Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers, Saleen is also known for the S7 supercar .
It’s been nearly 10 years since the S7 was axed, but the manufacturer has already announced plans to return on the supercar battleground with a brand-new creation. Intriguingly enough, Saleen is also going electric and is currently busy making the Tesla Model S even more powerful than it already is. If you remember, we actually broke the story of Saleen going electric when our own Justin Cupler interviewed Steve Saleen.
It’s hard to look at Saleen, who has always been about V-8s and gasoline power, as an electric car tuning firm, but times, they are changing, and Steve Saleen wants to roll out the company’s first ever EV later this year. Basically only a few months away from coming to fruition, the Saleen Tesla Model S is still under covers, with only a few renderings available for us to ogle at.
Powetrain updates? We wish we knew more, but something tells us Saleen’s sedan will outgun the range-topping Model S fitted with the P85 performance package. Specifically, expect the Saleen-badged EV to deliver nearly 500 horsepower and quicker 0-to-60 sprints and sport some interesting aerodynamic updates.
We’ll find out more in Summer 2014 when Saleen officially reveals the project.
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Tesla Model S by Saleen in detail
Don’t expect for Saleen to operate huge design alterations on the Model S. The most significant updates in store for the EV are a new "Aero Management" front bumper and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. These will be created to help the sedan ride smooth at bigger speeds, but a few styling tweaks are also in the books. For instance, the Model S will gain a set of Saleen signature wheels, a carbon fiber decklid trim and Saleen badging all around. Stopping power will be provided by carbon ceramic brake discs.
Inside, customers will get a very attractive mix of Katzkin leather and Alcantara with contrast stitching, Saleen-ebroidered headrests for the seats and many other goodies.
Stock Tesla Model S
Saleen Automotive, Inc. (OTCQB: SLNN), (OTCBB: SLNN) (the "Company"), an American specialty manufacturer of high performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel, is pleased to announce that the Company has released renderings of its Saleen Tesla Model S. First images were provided Saturday to media in attendance in Los Angeles, California.
"I’m exceedingly proud of the work that my design team has done in creating these first images of what I expect to be an exceptional automobile," stated Steve Saleen, CEO, Saleen Automotive. "We stand on the shoulders of greatness for sure, as we modify the truly inspired design of the Tesla Model S, yet I believe firmly that these images convey my expectation for a vehicle that expands on that heritage and creates something remarkable."
Saleen Automotive expects the first Saleen Tesla Model S to be completed during the Summer of 2014.
"And as pleased as I am by the aesthetics seen in these renderings, perhaps the true Saleen mark will be best exhibited by the mechanical enhancements that will only be seen as the live vehicle hits the streets this summer," added Saleen.