Unplugged Performance Dark Knight:  A Carbon Fiber Widebody Model S Plaid

Unplugged Performance Dark Knight: A Carbon Fiber Widebody Model S Plaid

/ October 17, 2023 / 181 Views

The most aggressive-looking electric high-performance luxury sedan available today just got a full-blown widebody kit upgrade, brakes, suspension, wheels, and more by Unplugged Performance, turning it into an even more breathtaking vehicle

Unplugged Performance, renowned for pioneering high-performance Tesla upgrades, proudly reveals ‘Dark Knight’, the latest Model S-APEX Plaid from their “Complete Vehicle” program, a program that offers bespoke Tesla vehicles tailored to individual preferences and style. With options ranging from exterior colors, interior materials, suspension setups and special features, each car is transformed into a high-performance, high-luxury experience.

As a true testament to innovation and relentless pursuit of excellence, the S-APEX is a culmination of cutting-edge technology and performance enhancements, setting new standards for the high-performance electric vehicle industry. S-APEX builds start life as a Tesla Model S Plaid and enhance form and function through extensive aerodynamic, braking, suspension and luxury modifications to bring a comprehensive hypercar-like experience to the Plaid’s 1,020 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque hypercar-like powertrain.

Ben Schaffer, CEO of Unplugged Performance, expressed his excitement about the latest S-APEX, stating, “With Dark Knight, we’ve set out to create the ultimate daily driven supercar. It showcases our commitment to pushing the boundaries of Tesla’s capabilities and resonates with enthusiasts who value both raw speed and environmental consciousness. With its supercar-level presence and power, combined with the versatility of a family sedan, it’s the best all-in-one car I’ve ever experienced.”

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As with all S-APEX cars, the highlight of Dark Knight’s exterior lies in the extensive carbon fiber features that bring an aggressive stance and allow for wider tires to maximize on-road and on-track performance. Unplugged Performance has redefined the limits of design and engineering by seamlessly integrating a 19-piece prepreg carbon fiber widebody kit that increases the width of the vehicle by 60mm and houses 21” lightweight UP-03 forged monoblock wheels. The carbon fiber rocker panels include an integrated aerodynamic bargeboard aft the front wheels to improve aerodynamic airflow.

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Unplugged Performance partnered with Koenigsegg Advanced Manufacturing to manage rear-end downforce with a carbon fiber rear longtail spoiler made on the same production line as the carbon fiber parts on Koenigsegg’s hypercars. Balancing downforce and effectively reducing lift at the front end of Dark Knight is an Unplugged Performance Autobahn front carbon fiber diffuser, a first for an S-APEX build. Wrapping up the build is a sleek satin black finish exterior with exposed bits of its carbon fiber body.

Pairing the Model S-APEX driving experience with the hypercar speed of the Plaid comes in the form of improved suspension and braking components. Increasing grip and cornering speeds come from the inclusion of a variety of Unplugged Performance suspension parts including their Sports Dynamic Lowering kitadjustable rear sway bar, and an extensive list of billet aluminum adjustable control arms that increase strength and allow for precise alignment adjustments to front and rear toe, camber and caster. Stopping Dark Knight comes from Unplugged Performance carbon ceramic brakes at all four corners, and another first for an S-APEX, a carbon fiber brake cooling duct system that includes sleek block-off plates for non-spirited driving.

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Inside Dark Knight, luxury meets sustainability with a custom interior designed through a unique and exclusive collaboration with von Holzhausen. Utilizing their Banbū vegan leather in striking Serrano red across the seats, door panels, console, and dashboard, it epitomizes Unplugged Performance’s commitment to eco-conscious luxury.

Unplugged Performance’s Model S-APEX Dark Knight reinforces their mission to cater to Tesla enthusiasts, delivering an unparalleled drive uniting power, sustainability, and individuality. By reshaping design and engineering benchmarks, Unplugged Performance reaffirms its role as Tesla upgrades’ pioneers.  For those yearning to redefine their Tesla journey, Unplugged Performance’s Model S-APEX can be ordered through their Complete Vehicle program which starts with a comprehensive consulting session to ensure the outcome of personalization is achieved.

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This is definitely one of the most aggressive-looking Teslas out there. The widebody additions aren’t over the top and fit the lines of the car perfectly. The whole package, even in this blacked out form looks impressive and stylish from every angle, creating one of the most compelling arguments for a high-performance electric luxury vehicle that money can buy now. All of this is showcased in a gorgeous photoshoot by CRVN that allows you to grab a more detailed look at the Unplugged Performance “Dark Knight” S-APEX widebody Model S Plaid in the media gallery right below.

Been in the automotive industry ever since he got out of high school. Loves 911s, and everything BMW makes, even the new cars. He also enjoys racing events, even as a spectator, hanging on the side of the pit wall and taking pictures and drinking espresso that makes want to write more. Too tall to drive almost any supercar, but that doesn't stop him from bashing out people that do. Follows the aftermarket tuning industry in depth. Loves to spend time at BMW Welt. Enjoys too much coffee.