Elon Musk yesterday gave us quite the shocker by unexpectedly revealing the new Tesla Roadster alongside the automaker’s first-ever semi truck. The sports car, which features some downright insane performance numbers, is due to arrive in 2020.
While we all come down from the high of having a proper Tesla sports car in our midst in a few years from now, let’s look into the five facts about this car that stand out most to us.
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Unrivaled 0-60 mph Time
An expected 0-60 time of 1.9 seconds for this second generation Roadster means it will be the quickest production car ever made. A 200-kWh battery with the help of three motors will provide 10,000 Nm of thrust to make all this possible. In addition, the car is expected to hit the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds and hit a top speed of at least 250 mph. We can only hope Tesla also provides tires that can handle all this immense force.
Very Good Driving Range
It seems like with this Roadster, you will be able to repeatedly mat the throttle as much as you want for long stretches of time. An announced 620 mile range on a single charge ensures this sports car can be driven for a reasonable amount of time before it needs to be recharged. It has a large 200 kWh battery pack enabling this impressive claimed range.
All-wheel Drive Powertrain
This second generation Roadster will be equipped with all-wheel drive as standard. It seems possible you’ll be able to drive this sports coupe year-round, even if you live in the northern U.S. states or another region which experiences inclement weather in the fall and winter months.
Not Just a Two Seater
Unlike many other coupes, the Tesla Roadster will have seating for four. Specific measurements for rear seat space were not provided but just from looking at the vehicle, we expect rear seat accommodations to be for the bold and adventurous who are willing to fit in really tight spaces.
It Will Be Quite Pricey
Compared to its predecessor, this second generation Roadster will burn more of a hole in your wallet. Base price starts at $200,000. To get a reservation for the car will mean $50,000 from you. For those who can’t contain their excitement for long, an exclusive Roadster Founders Series will be available for $250,000. Most regular folk will have to opt for a performance version of the Model 3 if they want a fast, Tesla-badged EV. The Roadster is a rich person’s plaything. Period.
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