The latter’s oomph was the inspiration for the FourSixteen moniker, but the P85D rendered that nameplate obsolete. That’s because the peeps from Saleen decided to work their go-faster magic on the Model S P85D as well.
To boot SixNinety-One would’ve sounded awful, so we sort of understand this little rebranding.
According to Saleen Automotive, ST stands for Saleen TeslaThat's got a nice ring to it, minus the fact the Blue Oval offers a Fiesta ST and a Focus ST. But there’s another problem on the horizon - with the upcoming Tesla Model X all-electric crossover, Saleen Automotive's marketing people will surely have to think of a new naming strategy altogether.
Blimey! With so much fuss around a name, we deem necessary to talk about what the Saleen ST is offering. The tuner’s variant of the Tesla Model S P85 is officially dubbed ST380 as it’s rated 380 horsepower. Priced from $132,000, that’s almost twice the sticker price of a P85.
But for that huge lump of cash you do get a helluva lot of visual enhancements inside and out, a differently geared 1-speed direct drive unit, as well as a locking differential for extra traction.
Suspension upgrades, carbon ceramic brakes and a 2+2 cabin makeover round off the most important modifications. For $164,600 you can have the ST691, which is a modded P85D. While the standard electric sedan can sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2, Saleen’s touch knocks it down to 3 seconds.
If you place an order now, your car will be ready in 6 to 8 weeks after confirmation. Compared to Tesla Motors’ 8-year/infinite mile warranty, the Saleen ST only offers 4 years and 50,000 miles (80,000 km).