German tuner Brabus is the crème de le crème of Mercedes tuners, taking already fast and expensive cars and adding more power and price to them. They’ve taken a brief break from high-end luxury cars to tune the Tesla Roadster.
Many a performance Mercedes has been tuned and tweaked by Brabus. They specialize in high-end German automobiles, often adding some kind of forced induction to increase power output. For example, they have taken your standard, run-of-the-mill Mercedes E-class, removed the V8 engine and dropped in a 6.2 liter V12 engine. As though that wasn’t enough, they added two turbochargers and four intercoolers, making a monstrous 788 horsepower and 811 ft-lbs of torque. This is the sort of car they are known for.
So what’s this have to do with Tesla? Well Brabus teamed up with German electricity company RWE to produce the “Green Package” for the Tesla Roadster. In terms of actually tuning the powertrain, nothing has been done, though Brabus has added interior and exterior enhancements to the electric roadster such as a carbon fiber lip and rear spoiler, LED-running lights, a rear diffuser, and your choice of color.
In addition, RWE will provide the purchaser of this package with 30,000 kilometers (over 18,000 miles) of free electricity as well as a quick charge station that can fully juice the roadster in just six hours. Buyers also get a free year of use at any of RWE’s 160 public charging stations.
Honestly, I was hoping for a bit more in the way of performance, even just suspension upgrades. A few more years though and I predict dedicated electric vehicle tuners will start popping up. There’s a lot of performance potential in EV’s like the Tesla Roadster after all, and fast cars are a great way to get a lot of attention.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.