Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S sedan isn’t derided for much, but at the top of that very short list is likely its price. Because it’s Tesla’s only available vehicle at the moment, its starting price of $70,000 or so is prohibitively expensive to most and has given the car a reputation as being a toy for the wealthy. Those statements are not entirely unfounded, but a version of Tesla’s Model S after Al & Ed’s Autosound in California got its paws on it makes the base Tesla look like an economy car in comparison.
To start, Al & Ed’s began with the 85 kWh-model Tesla, which adds about $15,000 to the base price; it starts at $85,900. To that, the car was then decked out in nearly every conceivable option from Tesla’s extras menu, like the $6,500 Performance Plus pack, which includes a fiber spoiler and red brake calipers (and, of course, a pickup in performance), the ”smart air” suspension ($2,250), “tech package” ($3,750), ultra high-fidelity sound system ($2,500), panoramic sunroof ($2,500) and 21-inch grey turbine wheels ($4,500), Autoblog reports.
With that all set, it’s now time to put on a few additions outside of Tesla’s factory. For this model, that constitutes one of those special ”GhostGold” forged wheels, which cost $7,500 per set; The exterior 3M change wrap (over Tesla’s original paint job), which adds another $6,000; that carbon-fiber body kit, which commands $5,250; and the “audiophile upgrade,” which adds another $9,500. Rounding everything off is a $25,000 bespoke interior.
In total, this brings the final cost of this unique Model S to a grand total of $205,820, for which you could buy nearly three new Model S base models. You won’t get the fancy rims or the Performance package or the bespoke interior, but you’ll save a boatload of cash.
The car itself costs $123,770 before the aftermarket treatment, meaning the rims, interior, carbon fiber add-ons, et cetera, cost roughly $82,000. It’s perhaps prudent to note that there are a few details that appear to have been overlooked that could actually cut that price down somewhat.
For example, the wheels — why spend an extra $4,500 on high-end Tesla rims when they were going to be swapped out in the first place? It’s the same story with the sound system: If you’re intending to plug in a $9,500 stereo anyways, why shell out the $2,500 for Tesla’s top-of-the-line audio hardware?
This car doesn’t appear to be a serious attempt to cater to the uber-wealthy with an aftermarket package, but rather a showcase for both Al & Ed’s and T-Sportline, which makes Tesla-specific hardware for Model S owners. Al & Ed’s Autosound is no stranger to expensive Teslas, either, having introduced a Tesla Roadster with $50,000 in aftermarket components added on at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, according to Autoblog. You can see a promotional video for the car here.