Unplugged Performance Wants To Be ‘AMG equivalent’ For Tesla; Features Custom BBS Wheels

Want your Tesla Model S to stand out even more? Tesla tuner Unplugged Performance has released a Tesla Model S specific set of wheels.

Announced today,the UP-01 wheel upgrade package has been co-developed and produced by world renowned wheel manufacturer BBS.

“The long term vision for Unplugged Performance is to fill the role as the AMG equivalent for Tesla owners. Great brands require world class engineering partners and for our first wheel, the UP-01, we have followed the same path as Ferrari, Porsche and BMW in selecting BBS as our wheel supplier and partner,” said Ben Schaffer, CEO of Unplugged Performance. “The Tesla Model S manages to be one of today’s most exciting driver’s cars, despite its hefty curb weight. This combination creates a unique need for an extremely durable, rigid and high performance wheel. Understanding our requirements, we worked with BBS to develop a wheel program at their German headquarters that was able to reach these high standards.”


The tuning firm said its UP-01 wheel package is optimized for all aspects of everyday use and is designed to exceed the performance and durability of the original equipment Tesla Model S P85+ wheel. Unplugged Perfromance explained BBS’s advanced flow-forming technology provides a 2 piece wheel design that manages to be stronger and yet also brings improved performance and efficiency by keeping the outer areas of the wheel extremely light. This flow-formed technology is the same production process that BBS has utilized in applications for Ferrari such as the official Ferrari F430 Challenge wheel and includes supercar-grade materials such as titanium fasteners.

BBS added the wheel is intentionally over-engineered to support 2145 lbs per wheel which equals 8580 lbs total, nearly the weight of two Tesla Model S.

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Unplugged added every set of UP-01 wheels comes with integrated design stainless steel wheel protectors that serve as a first line of defense. If the wheel comes in contact with a curb, the protector can be easily removed without tools, without deflating the tires and another protector can be installed in minutes. A bonus replacement wheel protector is included free with every wheel set.

Unplugged_Performance_BBS_UP-01_Tesla-300The wheels come with Tesla original equipment center caps which can be used to maintain a Tesla-branded look, and a set of BBS center caps as well to allow two distinctive styles.

BBS manufactures these wheels in 21 inch Tesla Model S sizes that intentionally allow any Model S owner to swap their factory 21″ tires over to the UP-01 wheels without the need to buy new tires. Regular Model S 245/35ZR21 size tires as well as specialized P85+ staggered tires with 265/35ZR21 both will fit correctly on the UP-01 wheels.

BBS said the UP-01 wheels are produced hub centric for perfect fit on the Tesla Model S and accept the standard Tesla lug nuts as well as factory TPMS sensors.

All wheels are said to be finished in an exclusive Unplugged Performance Asteroid Graphite coating that is designed to look great with all Tesla factory Model S paint colors.

The Unplugged Performance BBS UP-01 collaboration wheels are set at a package price of $3995 per set. Unplugged Performance said this includes 4 wheels plus 5 stainless steel integrated wheel protectors and 8 center caps consisting of both BBS and Tesla options.