Renders Show a Tesla Roadster That Doesn’t Look Like a Lotus

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Renders Show a Tesla Roadster That Doesn’t Look Like a Lotus

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that a new Tesla Roadster will eventually turn up and these renders have arrived to try to predict the future styling of the car. 

Up front, we see Tesla’s new styling direction of deleting the grille all together, while overall, the renders show a small sports car that is totally unique, compared to today’s roadster, which uses a mostly unmodified Lotus body. Our editors also saw a bit of Honda S2000 influence in the renders.

In 2015, Tesla began to offer Roadster owners the 3.0 battery upgrade, which costs $29,000 and increases range by over 35 percent up to about 330 miles, showing that the brand is at least somewhat committed to keeping the car current.

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Musk has also tweeted about the Roadster when the Tesla revealed its “Ludicrous Mode” for the Model S. “There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid,” said Musk. If the four year timeline is met, the new Roadster will arrive around 2019 or 2020.

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  • smartacus

    deleting the front grille does clean up the whole exterior.

  • It really does, but the vestigial creases offer enough visual interest for me to enjoy the look. As to the S2000 influence, I definitely see it, but this rendition gives a different visual balance, with more apparent shape up front, in a way that I find myself liking (though I still love the S2000).

  • Bug S Bunny

    With an electric powertrain and the inherent size and packaging differences over ICE configurations, I think we should start to see some truly unique looks with EVs: true cab-forward, extremely low hoods, and very low (bullet-nose) frontal area. The car pictured above along with the forthcoming Model 3 are good starts, but Tesla stands a chance of pushing the envelope WAY out.

  • Shaun Wilson

    Looks more like the Opel GT (aka Saturn SKY) body style than the S2000.. S2000s are less angular, especially when considering the rear. Although this looks like “just a render” (not real), I suspect an S2000 would have a better drag coefficient than this car will (much like the 2007-2009 Open GT also has a horrible cD.)