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Brabus Zero Emission Division Bows in With Tweaks for the Tesla

By KBB.com Editors on November 13, 2008 5:29 PM
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German tuner Brabus is expanding its automotive horizons for the 21st century by establishing a new division called Brabus Zero Emission. Specifically geared to meet the personalization desires of buyers who favor cleaner, greener vehicles, it will kick off a new era in the Brabus legacy by unveiling a specially modified Tesla Roadster later this month at the Essen Motor Show in Germany. Although no changes have been made to the car's already impressive standard powertrain elements, this first Zero Emission-spec exercise does have plenty of interesting functional and cosmetics enhancements.

Visually, the Brabus Tesla is finished in a high-tech matte white and gains a bespoke front spoiler lip, rear spoiler and rear air diffuser made from lightweight carbon fiber. In addition to various lesser trim tweaks, this latest Brabus also is fitted with a unique wheel/tire upgrade package that reportedly improves handling by stepping up to staggered-size Brabus Monoblock S alloys wheels that mount low-rolling-resistance Pirelli P Zero Nero tires: 215/35ZR18s up front and 255/35ZR19 rubber in the rear.

Inside, this exclusive electric roadster gets more Brabus touches, including perforated leather upholstery with white contrast seaming, Alcantara trim and lightweight leather coverings for the floor, a feature that looks neat but doesn't exactly peg the practicality meter. As a final flourish, the Brabus house electronics aces have added a new audio element to the mix in the form of a "space sound generator." It allows a Brabus Tesla driver to choose from several different simulated engine sounds -- including a standard V8 or a racing engine -- as well as two "futuristic soundscapes" dubbed "Beam" and "Warp." The volume levels of all are linked to the real-time output of the vehicle's electric motor.

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