250mph Tesla Roadster will be world’s quickest production car, Musk confirms
Once again Tesla has caught the motor industry unaware with a surprise reveal of an all-new model. Say hello to the Roadster – the electric vehicle Tesla claims will be the quickest production car ever.
Due on the road by 2020, its mind-blowing 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds and top speed of over 250mph will blow conventional supercars out of the water – on paper at least.
What we know so far…
Featuring a removable roof and a wraparound Fastback look, from the rear the Roadster looks like a cross between a Porsche 918 and Mazda’s MX-5 RF. At the front however, Tesla’s trademark lines remain, albeit sharpened and more aggressive than its current cars.
The interior looks as futuristic as you’d expect, although this will likely be toned down in production variants; well they’ll at least have a conventional steering wheel anyway…
Unveiled alongside a new Semi Truck by Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, he claims that the new Roadster will feature three powerful electric motors and a 200kWh battery pack.
This means it’ll be able to cover up to 630 miles on a single charge – a new record for an electric vehicle.
As well as that mind-boggling 1.9-second 0-60 time, Musk promises this will be the first production car to complete a quarter mile run in less than 9 seconds too, while 0-100mph will take just 4.2 seconds.
Tesla is keeping tight-lipped about exact power and tech specs, but it has been confirmed it'll produce a massive 10,000Nm of torque.
Commenting on the supercar-smashing EV, Musk didn’t mince his words: "The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars. Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”
This isn’t actually the first time Tesla has made a Roadster; before creating its Model S saloon, its first production vehicle actually used a Lotus platform and was called – you guessed it – the Roadster (pictured above).
Ever since, Tesla fans have been asking when the next one will be coming, and now they have an answer. We should learn more about the new Roadster in the coming months. With the car set to launch in 2020, Tesla certainly has enough time to finesse it.
It’s set to be priced from around $200,000 – £151,932 according to today’s exchange rate (17 November 2017). If you’re really keen, it is possible to put your order in now provided you’re prepared to lay down a hefty $50,000 deposit.
What do you reckon then? Could this be the end of the petrol-powered supercar as we know it? Let us know in the comments below…