Watch the New Tesla Roadster Accelerate and Go Into Plaid

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Last night, Tesla shocked the EV world with the debut of its second-generation Roadster.

The new Tesla Roadster is all about insane numbers. It makes an unbelievable 10,000 Nm of torque between its three electric motors, which enables a claimed 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 mph. With a large 200 kWh battery pack, the four-seat sports coupe will also be capable of traveling up to 620 miles on a single charge.

That might sound like vaporware, but Tesla does, in fact, have a real, working prototype for its second-gen Roadster. We doubt the prototype is making the full claimed output, or that it’s capable of the performance figures mentioned above, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fast.

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In the video embedded above, a Tesla employee gives some giggly Tesla fans a ride in the Roadster prototype, shocking them with its insane acceleration. This prompts one of the passengers to joke that it goes into “plaid” – a reference to the famous scene from Spaceballs. It doesn’t look as though this was a 1.9s run to 60 mph, but it still looked damn quick.

We’re excited to see the production version of the Roadster arrive in 2020, but for now, you can watch it go “full plaid” in the video embedded above.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • MarineCorps MarineCorps on Nov 18, 2017

    ...I simply don't understand 7,376 lb-ft of torque!? How long tyres will last on this car? One day? I mean, what's the point? 737 lb-ft is just fine, even that is too much.

  • Andrew Cook Andrew Cook on Nov 19, 2017

    Correction to the article. The top speed was never given, it was stated to be above 250+ for the base model.