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Unplugged Performance Tesla Model S Heads to SEMA

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/4/2014 Megan Stewart

Electric cars may not be the first pick for most tuning companies, but when you're working with a Tesla Model S, the performance possibilities open up a bit. Earlier this year, Saleen Automotive got its hands on a Model S, along with Unplugged Performance, which is showing off its modified Tesla at the 2014 SEMA Show.

While we may have seen the visual enhancements by Unplugged, there will be performance modifications featured on the model heading to SEMA. According to today's press release, the company has given its Tesla Model S a new front end, a redesigned interior, revised suspension and braking systems, and upgraded wheels and aerodynamics.

Tesla Model S by Unplugged Performance© Provided by MotorTrend Tesla Model S by Unplugged Performance

SEMA attendees will immediately notice that the front end has been outfitted with carbon fiber to give it a more aggressive and wider design, with the bumper retaining aerodynamic efficiency and cooling thanks to an integrated ram air ducting system. The interior was completely replaced with retrofit sport seats with increased lateral support that have been reupholstered in Italian Alcantara with custom stitch work. For the first time, Unplugged, a spin-off of tuner Bulletproof Automotive, will be showing off its upcoming luxury floor mats that feature Rolls-Royce carpet and Ferrari leather.

But there's more to the upgrades than just looks. Unplugged has added 21-inch UP-01 wheels by BBS, which come wrapped in Toyo Tires. The car features several prototype suspension components to improve driving dynamics, along with upgraded sports brake pads.

Co-Founder of Unplugged Performance Ben Schaffer said in the release that this vehicle "illustrates a direction of things to come from Unplugged." He went on to say that as the company "continues its journey towards becoming the 'AMG of Tesla,' this vehicle is an important step towards a complete car that we feel would be suitable for Tesla showrooms."

Tesla recently introduced a hot-rodded Model S variant of its own in the all-wheel-drive P85D. That model features two electric motors good for a combined 691 hp and 687 lb-ft of torque, and recently hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3.1 seconds in our tests.

Source: Unplugged Performance

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