Saleen GTX Tesla Model S Displayed In Long Beach

MAY 7 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 14

At the recent Formula E event in Long Beach, Saleen put on display its Saleen GTX, a modded Tesla Model S P85D.

Molly Saleen, vice president of Saleen’s retail division, suggests that interest in GTX is high:

“We get almost as many calls about our GTX performance parts as we do our 302 parts. Tesla owners love the fact that a name like Saleen is offering them performance and styling for their vehicles.”

Saleen claims an improved final gear ratio and MAXGrip differential make for quicker acceleration over the stock P85D, but no specific figures have been released.  Horsepower remains the same as the stock P85D at 691.

Saleen Interior

Saleen Interior

Steve Saleen later presented the GTX at the Tesla Club of LA:

“The future of electric vehicles is very exciting, with mavericks in the industry like Tesla and BMW it is no wonder electric vehicle sales are skyrocketing.”

Saleen states of their GTX product:

“Just like the rest of the Saleen lineup, this car is more than just an eye catching aerodynamic package. Propelling the new GTX is the 3-phase, four pole AC induction motor and copper rotor with the upgraded Saleen drivetrain including an all-new 11.39:1 final gear ratio for quicker acceleration.

Also new for the GTX is a Saleen specific MAXGRIP locking differential that allows each wheel to efficiently apply rotational force and maximize traction and grip in performance environments. All of the Saleen engineered driveline components increase efficiencies in torque management, give a track capable throttle response, and provide faster acceleration. Overall the GTX is a well-balanced vehicle and sounds great too!”

Saleen officially offers two versions of modded Teslas, a 380 horsepower, rear-wheel drive model and a 691 horsepower, all-wheel drive version.  If interested, more details are available at Saleens’ GTX micro-page here.

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14 Comments on "Saleen GTX Tesla Model S Displayed In Long Beach"

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Open-Mind

I have yet to see a modded Model-S that looks better than the original. Can’t say that about many cars. IMHO, Elon’s designers got it right!

Daniel

+ 1 here. I agree 100% I too think they got it right from day one.

MDEV

The nose is way better than the plastic look of the original

kdawg

I like the looks of the Saleen front end better. No more nose cone.

Speculawyer

Why would anyone pay money for body parts that make the car LESS aerodynamic than the original? I don’t understand that. But I guess many people will reduce efficiency for their preferred subjective aesthetics.

Robb Stark

At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Saleen claimed his body kit lowered the Model S Cd but again failed to provide a specific number.

His kit also has revised underbody panels and a rear diffuser panel.

EVer

Okay i will say, that top pic with the Model S actually doesn’t look bad without the nosecone.

But the OG nosecone still looks the best!

John

That car looks kind of like it’s smirking at us…ha!

Anon

It makes me think of a whale, trying to feed…

Ambulator

The wrinkled forehead makes it look old.

David

When I first saw the Model S nose cone in person, I thought it would be a part that people would customize, make it look like carbon fiber, different metal appearances, etc. but all I ever see is the stock black plastic.

EV_Drive

The new front bumper looks good, the hood does not. Nice try!

OB1

Don’t like the sound.

Lensman

Guilding the lily doesn’t make it any more beautiful. I prefer the original.