What is the Tesla Roadster?
The first Tesla Roadster lived from 2008-2012 and put the company on the map. This is an all-new design with serious performance chops. These are specs Tesla CEO Elon Musk laid out:
The Tesla Roadster, as it is again called for now, is a four-passenger electric sports car with a removable glass roof panel, whereas to purists roadster connotes a two-seat, sporty convertible. So it’s more like a Porsche 911 Targa, only costlier. But close enough.
Tesla’s spec sheet says the new Roadster is awesome. First, there’s the 1.9 second clocking for 0-100 kph (0-62 mph), quicker than any other street legal car. One hundred miles per hour comes up in 4.2 seconds. At a drag strip, you’ll trip the quarter-mile lights at just 8.8 seconds. Top speed? “More than 250 mph,” and, Musk said, “This is just the base model.”
The battery is 200-kWh, twice as much as on other Tesla. It’s good for 620 miles or 1,000 kilometers of driving (depending on how you drive). Power goes to three motors, two in back and one in front, making this an all-wheel-drive car.
With these kinds of performance numbers, the days of combustion-engine supercars may be on the wane.