Tesla had a little surprise to talk about during their “Tesla Semi” unveiling. An all new version of the Tesla Roadster, the car that set the wheels in motion for Tesla to become the leading electric vehicle producer.
The specs on this new Roadster are monstrous, 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds. 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds and over 250mph as the top speed. The power for this comes from a 200kWh battery pack and 3 motors, providing 10,000Nm of wheel torque.
And how much does this all cost? $250,000 is the suggested price, with a $50,000 deposit being taken if you’re keen to be one of the first to have one on your driveway. You’ll have wait a while though as first deliveries are likely to be late 2020, and based on Tesla’s previous history of meeting targets, it’s likely to be 2021 until you get a glimpse of one outside of motorshows or San Francisco.
How is this changing the car industry and automotive experience? It’s bringing incredible performance to a much more affordable price point, comparitively speaking vs the hypercar world of La Ferrari, Porsche 918, Koenigsegg, Pagani and Bugatti territory. It’s also challenging tyre manufacturers to develop even better tyres that can cope with regular high acceleration.
Of course it’s also setting a benchmark for electric cars overall. Why lust after a fuel gulping hypercar, when something electric can out perform it in acceleration, top speed and even range? There’s a pleasure in that visceral engine sound coursing through your ears, but for a daily supercar, at this early stage the Tesla Roadster seems hard to beat.