Saleen ST or How the FourSixteen Lost Its Name

In August, the specialty high-performance manufacturer based in Corona, California, debuted a contraption called the FourSixteen. Approximately three months since it was unveiled, the glorified Tesla Model S from Saleen Automotive was renamed.
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What was wrong with Saleen FourSixteen you ask? Well, the Dual Motor all-wheel drive P85D is to blame for this change of heart. Before the 691 horsepower luxury sedan was launched, the most powerful Model S came in the form of the 416-pony P85 Performance.

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 Tesla

That'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).

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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