Tesla unveiled the next-gen Tesla Roadster in 2017, and it is touted to put gas-guzzling sports cars to shame. Fast forward to 2021, the electric supercar remains a tantalizing concept.
In the past few years, Tesla has put the production of the new Roadster on the back burner, as it focused on rolling out the more affordable, all-electric Model 3 sedan and the Model Y electric SUV.
Since the first public appearance of the Tesla Roadster, the electric carmaker has expanded its reach by building Gigafactories in China and Germany, and also unwrapped the futuristic Cybertruck all-electric pickup truck.
Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk are not known for punctuality when releasing vehicles, given the challenge of developing and perfecting these green cars. However, we know that they are not all hype, and Tesla’s S-3-X-Y vehicles deliver an amazing punch in terms of performance.
If you’re pondering on clicking that Tesla Roadster reservation button or wondering what’s up with this electric hypercar, we list below what you should expect and what we know so far.
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At a glance: Tesla Roadster specs
- Acceleration (0-60 mph): 1.9 seconds
- Top speed: Over 250 mph (402 km/h)
- Torque: 10,000 N-m
- Range: 620 miles (997 km)
When is Tesla Roadster coming out?
The Tesla Roadster release date was originally set for a 2020 rollout, but if you are a Tesla follower, you always take the company’s timeline with a grain of salt.
The latest update from Musk suggests that Tesla is still finishing the car’s engineering. According to the CEO, the production of the much-anticipated second-gen Tesla Roadster will start by 2022. The Tesla chief added that they plan to release a drivable candidate design by late summer of 2021. It’s not clear what this means, but it’s safe to say very few people will get to drive this candidate design.
Is the 2022 Tesla Roadster worth the wait?
Okay, let’s call it the 2022 Tesla Roadster for now. If you’re not sure if the Tesla electric sports car is worth your time and patience, Elon Musk has this to say: “Will be worth it.” That’s not a whole lot of detail or explanation, and coming from a notoriously overenthusiastic salesman.
But there are some reasons to trust this promise: for one, the staggering numbers when you look at the Tesla Roadster performance. Tesla promises the Roadster will be the quickest car in the world, and it will set records in terms of acceleration, range, and performance.
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Here’s how fast the Tesla Roadster can go: The carmaker claims the Roadster, with base specs, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and hit 100 mph in just 4.2 seconds. It can reach the quarter mile in a matter of 8.8 seconds. The all-wheel-drive EV supercar will have a top speed of over 250 mph and boast a monstrous torque of 10,000 Nm from its tri-motor setup.
Based on the numbers above, the new Roadster can easily out-accelerate potent gasoline-powered supercars such as the Koenigsegg Agera RS (with a 0 to 60 mph record of 2.8 seconds) and the McLaren 570S that reaches the same speed in 3.1 seconds. Ah, and that top speed. No other electric vehicle at the same price point can come close to it.
The Tesla Roadster range is mind-boggling too. The 2022 Roadster will have a 200 kWh battery pack that will allow it to travel 620 miles on a single charge.
If the numbers are not enough for you, read this: the next-gen Roadster will be part rocket and will be able to fly a little. That’s straight from Musk himself. Tongue-in-cheek? Only partially.
According to Musk, the Tesla Roadster “SpaceX package” will consist of cold air thrusters. The said rocket technology will allow the car to go from 0 to 6o mph in a blink of 1.1 seconds and even allow the vehicle to hover.
Now, this is still speculative and only adds to the hype, at least until we see a flying Tesla Roadster (not counting Elon Musk’s Roadster that he sent out to space).
Looking at the Tesla Roadster specs, it’s a big leap from its Lotus-based predecessor that could go from 0 to 60 mph in a leisurely 3.7 seconds.
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Tesla Roadster 2022: Supercar performance and supercar looks?
The next-gen Tesla Roadster will not just be the quickest car on the road when it comes out, but it will be the first supercar to boast those numbers, while comfortably accommodating four individuals on board.
The lines of the Roadster are delicious. It gives you that hint of aggressiveness balanced with a good dose of refinement. We’re not yet sure if the overall look will change when it officially rolls out the production line, but it has not changed much in the past few years.
The Roadster also features a removable glass roof that you can store in the trunk in case you want to enjoy some fresh air.
Musk also confirmed before that Tesla will offer special colors for the new Roadster, a departure from the conservative five color scheme of the current EV brood.
Aside from the Roadster exterior and interior wow factors, you can expect the electric supercar to come packed with loads of technology. It will come with a bunch of cameras and sensors that serve as eyes to its Autopilot feature.
Over-the-air software updates, like the rest of the Tesla fleet, will allow Musk and his team to introduce performance upgrades and other improvements in the future. A host of safety systems will also likely be in place given the safety record of the company.
How much is the Tesla Roadster?
After knowing all the details about the much-awaited, high-performance electric Tesla sports car, it all boils down to the Tesla Roadster price. How much will this beast of an electric vehicle set you back?
The Tesla Roadster with baseline specs will cost you $200,000. You have to foot a fully refundable reservation of $5,000 via credit card, plus $45,000 via wire due in 10 days. Reservations are not final until Tesla receives the funds through wire transfer.
There is also a limited-edition Tesla Roadster Founders Series that will only have a 1,000-unit run. If you are a collector willing to spend some extra, it will cost $250,000. A fully refundable $5,000 initial deposit is expected, with the remainder of the amount due in 10 days.
That wraps up our Tesla Roadster overview. Are you looking forward to this electric monster?