Saleen, the Southern California–based performance car maker, is best known for its pulse-quickening aftermarket upgrades of iconic American muscle cars such as the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, as well as its own supercar, the Saleen S7. But this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Saleen added an unexpected dimension to its automotive stable with the introduction of its first all-electric vehicle, the Saleen Foursixteen (saleen.com).
Based on a Tesla P85 Model S, the Foursixteen retains the original car’s 85 kWh battery and its namesake 416 hp motor. But the gear train has been reworked, giving the car modestly improved acceleration and—perhaps more important—a more aggressive whine. The front fascia and back end have been remodeled to improve aerodynamics and airflow, while also lending the coupe a much sportier look. In addition to the slew of upgrades that come standard on the Foursixteen—which is priced from $152,000, $58,600 more than a standard Model S—Saleen also offers options including larger wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, bucket seats, and showcar paint. One optional feature, however, may be the Foursixteen’s most practical improvement over the Tesla Model S: a pair of cup holders.