Tesla's AMG? Unplugged Performance Tesla Model S Debuts
It might sound a little crazy, but Unplugged Performance (a division of California-based tuner Bulletproof Automotive) wants to go all-out on your Tesla Model S P85. Our advice based on what we've seen? Let them. We'd heard before that Unplugged Performance was working on a tuner Tesla Model S, but now we're starting the think that it's the baddest-looking EV you're likely to see on the road today.
Making its debut at the Tesla Motors Club Connect event in Monterey California, the Unplugged Tesla Model S sports a comprehensive carbon fiber body kit said to keep the EV more stable at high speeds and increase downforce. The upgrades, available individually or as a complete set, include a front spoiler and diffuser, rear under spoiler and diffuser, front fascia replacement, side skirts, and trunk spoiler. The body kit gives the Unpluggled Tesla Model S a lower, wider, and more aggressive character than the standard Tesla Model S. The wheels are reserved just for the car shown at Monterey, as the Unplugged-spec wheels are still being developed.
Each performance part can be ordered in standard unpainted fiberglass, fiberglass with factory paint applied, or as a carbon fiber component. Another piece of optional equipment will be an Unplugged Performance three-piece carbon fiber rear diffuser fin set. The pieces attach just like the factory parts, and Bulletproof Automotive president Ben Schaffer told Automobile that a number of Tesla service centers have already ordered the parts and plan to take care of installation for customers.
Schaffer has bigger plans for the Unplugged Tesla Model S, though. He sees the carbon fiber body kit as the first phase in an ongoing process. "Before the end of this year, we'd like to have a well-rounded car that's a tuner solution for Tesla like AMG is for Mercedes," he said in a telephone interview. "We're working to increase range and power, improve braking, suspension, lighting, interior components — everything we can do to make a special car even more special."
While Unplugged Performance carried out the design and engineering for the Unplugged Tesla Model S carbon fiber body kit in house, other components will be contracted out to "trustworthy name brands" going forward.
If the Unplugged Model S can perform as impressively as it looks, it has the potential to shake up the aftermarket with new EV parts, while challenging some seriously potent performance cars to boot. A big milestone down the line will be to turn up the heat at SEMA this November.