Tesla Model S To Offer Handling Package Option?

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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.

According to Wired (via Motor Authority), the new setup will be available as an option on Performance versions of the sedan.

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.


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Comments (2)
  1. Isn't it kinda silly to use MSRP when the manufacturer owns the store that is selling it? To whom is the manufacturer supposedly suggesting a price? Just a thought.

  2. Tesla did a great job designing the Model S. From day one it can compete with gasoline sport sedans that cost as much or even more than its price. I am glad that Tesla is looking for ways to improve its product. The Model S is already a great handler but with a few more tweaks from the people at McLaren and they could have a super car with 3.9 second zero to 60 that can pull over 1G of lateral acceleration on the handling course. Meaning that the Model S is better than any car whether gasoline or electric. Way to go Tesla

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