[Engadget] Tesla Model S now has $6,500 Performance Plus option for more range, better handling~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 07, 2013 at 07:02PM

Tesla Model S now has $6,500 Performance Plus option for more range, better handling

Current or wannabe Tesla S owners can now opt for a Performance Plus option that adds a bit of range and a lot of extra handling — and the whole idea came from none other than McLaren. After a journalist told Elon Musk that his nimble sedan was nonetheless outdone by a McLaren MP4-12 supercar (duh?), Tesla’s engineers got to work tweaking the suspension and adding new Michelin tires. The latter boosts range by 6 to 12 miles over the stock rubber, while the whole package adds more cornering grip and acceleration “while maintaining ride quality,” according to the company. Current owners can get the option retrofitted for $13,000, but if you’re still kicking tires, it’ll add $6,500 to your total Tesla S bill. Sounds tempting for a poor-man’s McLaren, and given the new financing options, you might even by able to justify it.

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