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.