A suave Tesla

WHILE I’m not queuing up to buy one, I can appreciate plenty about the Tesla Model S. It’s a revolutionary car from an exciting company, with technology poised on that imaginary cutting edge everyone keeps talking about, and a leader capable of getting under the skin of all his industry rivals.

But it’s the image of the Model S that is the coolest thing about it. Disregarding the often aggressive Tesla fanbase, the Model S is proof that just because a car is green it doesn’t mean it has to also be nerdy and weird. The Model S is suave and slick.

Not this one though. This is more of a McDonalds dinner date kind-of-car.

It’s by Office-K, a car tuning company in Japan. Now, I say that they’re tuners because that’s easy, but it’s worth noting that the majority of their builds are purely of a visual nature.

And this Tesla is no different, with its modifications only extending to an Artisan Spirits body kit, lowered ride-height, huge 22 inch Forgiato rims, and of course the retina-burning chrome wrap with that-surely-can’t-be-carbon carbon-fibre accents. As you’ll probably have picked by now, none of these really do anything for me. Dumping VIP-style modifications on a new car is a curious concept, but when it comes at the cost of disposing of many other things that give the Tesla its reputation and lore then it’s a bust. No, this look should stay with 10-year-old Japanese luxury saloons, and maybe the occasional 7 Series. Please leave the Tesla alone.

WHILE I’m not queuing up to buy one, I can appreciate plenty about the Tesla Model S. It’s a revolutionary car from an exciting company, with technology poised on that imaginary cutting edge everyone keeps talking about, and a leader capable of getting under the skin of all his industry rivals.

But it’s the image of the Model S that is the coolest thing about it. Disregarding the often aggressive Tesla fanbase, the Model S is proof that just because a car is green it doesn’t mean it has to also be nerdy and weird. The Model S is suave and slick.

Not this one though. This is more of a McDonalds dinner date kind-of-car.

It’s by Office-K, a car tuning company in Japan. Now, I say that they’re tuners because that’s easy, but it’s worth noting that the majority of their builds are purely of a visual nature.

And this Tesla is no different, with its modifications only extending to an Artisan Spirits body kit, lowered ride-height, huge 22 inch Forgiato rims, and of course the retina-burning chrome wrap with that-surely-can’t-be-carbon carbon-fibre accents. As you’ll probably have picked by now, none of these really do anything for me. Dumping VIP-style modifications on a new car is a curious concept, but when it comes at the cost of disposing of many other things that give the Tesla its reputation and lore then it’s a bust. No, this look should stay with 10-year-old Japanese luxury saloons, and maybe the occasional 7 Series. Please leave the Tesla alone.

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