One of the best ways to determine that a car has reached mainstream acceptance is the arrival of the tuners, and for electric cars that moment may have arrived. German tuner Brabus, known for hot-rod versions of Mercedes and Smart vehicles, has turned its attention to the 2015 Tesla Model S. Brabus revealed its Zero Emissions range of Model S upgrades at Frankfurt. While many electric cars would seem unlikely recipients for tuning upgrades, the Model S has already turned heads thanks to its luxury-class ride and ultra-high-performance “Ludicrous Mode.”

Brabus says that more Zero Emissions products are on the way. For now, the company is sticking to cosmetic upgrades – sensible, considering that the Model S can be insanely fast on its own. Exterior and interior upgrades are designed to allow Tesla owners to personalize their cars in proper moneyed sports-sedan style: Brabus wheels, aero components and leather interior upgrades will be offered. Whether Brabus will find a way to make the 772 maximum-horsepower 2015 Tesla Model S P85D even more powerful remains to be seen.

Continue reading to learn more about the Tesla Model S By Brabus.

Exterior

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The Model S already has the poised look and stance of a performance sedan. Brabus upgrades the Model S’ lines with carbon-fiber aero components including a front splitter, side air intake extensions and a rear diffuser. The components have been wind-tunnel tested to improve airflow to the radiators and reduce front end lift at speed. The add-ons are available with a matte or gloss coating, and the stylistic upgrade is subtle, but functional. Less subtle are the 21-inch Brabus Monoblock Y wheels that fill the wheel wells. Pirelli, Yokohama or Continental tires with a very subtle upsize at the rear are available.

The car displayed at Frankfurt is a distinctive matte blue, with color-matched interior components, but Brabus is willing to provide a highly customizable color palette.

Interior

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Inside, Brabus’ stylists have gone to work on the Tesla’s notably simple interior. The seats have been reskinned with leather and Alcantara, and Brabus has also redesigned the center console to provide additional storage space. The cupholders are heated and cooled, and a wireless phone charger is included. Fancy doorsill scuff plates feature a color-changing Brabus logo, while a choice of wood or carbon-fiber trim is offered. Brabus says the interior can be color-matched to a wide range of exterior hues, so it can be as mild or wild as the buyer’s imagination.

Drivetrain

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The Model S’ drivetrain is untouched, though the P85D is already a significant performer in its own right. The standard twin AC induction motor, AWD setup (259 horsepower up front and 503 at the rear) rockets this car from 0-60 in an eyeball-flattening 2.8 seconds in Ludicrous Mode, and the Model S P85D has a top speed of 155 mph. Range is over 250 miles.

The larger wheels specified by the Brabus upgrade may improve grip somewhat, but otherwise the suspension remains stock.

Prices

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Brabus hasn’t announced pricing for its Zero Emissions upgrades for the Tesla Model S. The high-performance Model S P85D lives firmly in luxury performance sedan territory however, with MSRPs starting around $105,000. The final Brabus version will no doubt be priced similarly to a comparable Mercedes or BMW.

Competition

For the moment, there aren’t really any direct competitors to the Tesla Model S, let alone a tuned version. This car stands as the lone high-performance electric sports sedan, and its shattering acceleration is unmatched by anything less than a supercar, and not many of those.

Conclusion

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Brabus’ upgrades to the Model S are more subtle and much more appearance-based than the tuner is known for, amounting to little more than a fashion upgrade. However, the company says that this is just the beginning, and more modification parts for Tesla are on the way. Seems like it’s only a matter of time before Ludicrous Mode gets even more, um…crap — ran out of adjectives. That’s not supposed to happen.

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Press Release

The Tesla S, which in the top-of-the-range model produces an output of 568 kW / 772 HP (761 bhp) in "Ludicrous Mode," is the textbook example of a state-of-the-art high-performance electric car. BRABUS and its Zero Emission business division have been concentrating on alternative powertrains for about a decade. It is only logical then to invest the BRABUS expertise from more than 35 years in automotive construction and tuning at the highest level in a high-end refinement program for Tesla Model S.

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BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) celebrates the world premiere of the Tesla S customized by BRABUS ZERO EMISSION at the IAA 2015 in Frankfurt am Main.
In a first step, BRABUS ZERO EMISSION will offer exclusive refinement options for the bodywork and the interior of Model S. The product lineup ranges from sporty aerodynamic-enhancement components made from clear-coated carbon and 21-inch high-tech forged wheels to a BRABUS fine leather interior created from the finest leather and Alcantara.

One of the world-renowned specialties of the BRABUS design team is adding more sporty emphasis to elegant vehicle designs. This formula was also realized successfully in the case of the Tesla Model S. Tailor-made aerodynamic-enhancement components that received their finishing touches in the wind tunnel were developed using state-of-the-art 3D scanning and CAD technology. Just as in motor racing, the material of choice is carbon, permanently sealed with a high-gloss or a matte protective coating.

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The BRABUS bodywork components lend the front end of the Tesla Model S a sporty facelift. The carbon attachments for the side air intakes give the car an even more distinctive appearance and optimize the flow of cooling air to the radiators. The BRABUS carbon spoiler lip adds even more dynamics to the front view while also reducing lift on the front axle at high speeds thanks to its sophisticated shape.

The insert in the production rear bumper of the Tesla Model S is replaced with the BRABUS carbon diffuser. This aerodynamic-enhancement component impresses with its optimized air deflection while its visible carbon structure lends the sedan’s rear end a touch of racing flair as well.

Of course, the BRABUS Monoblock Y “PLATINUM EDITION” forged wheels tailor-made for the Tesla Model S also play a crucial role in the exclusive BRABUS ZERO EMISSION appearance. The one-piece high-tech wheels with delicate Y-shaped spokes are manufactured using a state-of-the-art production process and offer an outstanding combination of lightweight construction and strength. The rims of size 9Jx21 at all four corners make optimal use of the available space under the wheel arches. Tires of sizes 255/35 R 21 at the front and 265/35 R 21 on the rear axle were selected as the perfect rubber. BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA supply the optimal high-performance tires.

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The BRABUS customization program for the Tesla Model S also includes exclusive options for the interior. The product range starts with stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo that changes color from white to blue. The newly developed BRABUS center console for the transmission tunnel offers welcome storage options for keys and similar items. What is more: The integrated cup holders can be set to cooling or heating. In addition, the center console is equipped with a wireless smartphone charger.

Exclusive interior refinement has been a world-renowned BRABUS domain for decades. In the company upholstery shop, absolute masters of their profession create exclusive interior appointments for the Tesla Model S as well. They use especially soft, breathable and extremely hardwearing leather and Alcantara in any desired color to create BRABUS fine leather interiors in a wide range of designs. BRABUS ZERO EMISSION also offers tailor-made genuine carbon and wood trims sets for the cockpit of the electric luxury sedan. These trim sets also come in an unmatched variety of colors and surface finishes.

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The BRABUS ZERO EMISSION customization program for the Tesla Model S is available now and will be expanded continuously.

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