“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,” Steve Saleen, Saleen Automotive CEO, said in a statement. “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.”
Auto industry insiders and critics praised the new look from all sides.
Automobile Magazine noted that “Saleen looks to have completely upgraded the Tesla Model S from bumper to bumper, leading us to believe that the tuned version’s performance will far surpass that of the already potent P85.”
A new hood with a V-shaped bulge is flanked by dual air intakes, and the restyled front bumper receives larger front intakes and a low-mounted, split diffuser. Along the car’s side, we can also see larger rocker sills and carbon fiber side skirts. Aerodynamics should also improve thanks to Saleen’s revised rear end, which adds a new rear spoiler mounted on the trunk, carbon fiber trim stretching between the taillights, and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. Interior treatment should include generous amounts of Alcantara and sporty red stitching.
The model designed by Saleen — an American specialty manufacturer of high performance vehicles, technical performance parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel — now gives Tesla lovers a choice when buying a Model S.
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