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The 2012 Tesla Model S electric sedan is already competent handler, but it could get even better for Model S Performance buyers.
Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has announced that it's developing a new suspension setup aimed at improving the car's already-talented dynamics.
Inspiration for the car's new attributes comes from one of the world's top performance cars--the McLaren MP4-12C supercar, following a conversation between Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and former Motor Trend editor in chief Angus MacKenzie. Tesla went as far as renting a McLaren for a few days to delve deeper into its talents.
The suspension changes are subtle, with rear wheels a half-inch wider than the standard car, high-performance Michelin PS2 tires, and revised suspension bushings and end links.
Though the suspension package hasn't yet been confirmed as an option, Tesla is developing the kit with a view to offering it at a later date, if the changes prove successful.
As the changes don't affect the car's air suspension, nor require any changes to the running gear, range and straight-line performance should be unaffected--though the price will certainly creep up from the Model S Performance's $84,900 MSRP.
One thing is for sure--the handling tweaks are sure to appeal to Tesla's performance-minded buyers.