Saleen revealed their first performance electric car – the Saleen FOURSIXTEEN - today at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The FOURSIXTEEN is based on the Tesla Model S. Saleen is well known for their many outstanding performance specialty vehicle designs that include the Saleen 302 (based on the Mustang), the Saleen 570 and Saleen 620 Camaro and now they are extending their reach into the new class of electric vehicles.
As Saleen unveiled the FOURSIXTEEN, Steve Saleen noted that, once again, Saleen was standing out from the pack with this latest vehicle. “Tesla has created an entirely new class of American automobile”, he said. “There are many similarities to this and how Ford created the ‘pony car’ class in 1964 with the Mustang, which is how these vehicles stand out from the rest of the pack.”
According to Saleen, customers can begin ordering the FOURSIXTEEN now. It has an MSRP starting at $152,000 complete based on the Tesla P85 Model S sedan. The MSRP does not factor in any available state or federal EV incentives that may be available. Depending on the buyer’s home state, those incentives can range from $7,500 to $15,000.
Saleen has applied their significant expertise in designing the FOURSIXTEEN to embody the Saleen DNA blend of aerodynamic aggressiveness and refined classical styling with performance that has served them well for over three decades.
The Saleen FOURSIXTEEN will be powered by a 3-phase, four pole AC induction motor and copper rotor with an upgraded Saleen drivetrain including an all-new 11.39:1 final gear ratio for quick acceleration. New for the FOURSIXTEEN is a Saleen specific Maxgrip locking differential that allows each wheel to efficiently apply rotational force for maximum traction and grip.
Saleen says their design and engineering teams worked together to develop a Saleen specific S4 track-calibrated suspension performance suspension that does not sacrifice ride quality. It includes a monotube coilover, which works in conjunction with an S4 sway bar setup to increase cornering agility. The FOURSIXTEEN suspension system can also be ordered in a fully adjustable configuration, allowing the driver to easily increase stiffness for the track and then change to a street setting with simple adjustments.
With this much torque and available track-capable performance, braking will be critical. The standard brake package in the FOURSIXTEEN include 14” 2-piece aluminum hat vented rotors and multi-piston front calipers with performance brake pads. There is an optional upgrade is the carbon ceramic disc brake system for maximum braking, cooling, and weight reduction. Saleen designed wheels fill out the wheel openings and are shod with ZR-spec tires to complete the FOURSIXTEEN exterior package.
On the inside, the FOURSIXTEEN continues the Saleen commitment to performance style, excitement and functionality. According to Saleen, the ambience of the interior is easily seen in the materials and design the that includes the use of handpicked leathers, carbon fibre accents and Alcantara suede seating inlays plus a new hand-stitched leather surface center console.
Front and rear seating are remolded to produce four full bucket seats with bolstering to fully support the driver and passenger. The seat shells have even been color matched to the leathers selected for the seat surfaces. Saleen tailor-made door panels and a full leather-wrapped dash are both artistically complimented with hand sewn contrast stitching.
Buyers can contact Saleen directly for an expedited ordering process of the Saleen FOURSIXTEEN. Orders are now being taken for the FOURSIXTEEN with delivery 6-8 weeks following order confirmation and receipt. Warranties are also included on all new Saleen vehicles, components, and labor. Each newly purchased Saleen FOURSIXTEEN will include a 4-year / 50,000 mile warranty to match the manufacturer backed limited warranty.
Source: Saleen Automotive