Tesla unveils the Roadster; fastest production car ever

Written by Lee Bailie on .

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Late last night, as I’m sure some of you surely have heard by now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled an all-new model, and it’s quite a sight.

Effectively changing the channel from the recent bad news regarding production delays that have almost ground deliveries of the Model 3 to a halt, Musk rolled out the sleek new Roadster at a special reveal party in Hawthorne, California.

Finished in a shade of cherry red, the Roadster is a sleek and gorgeous two-door that has hints of Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren in its sleek lines and design details.

With a 0-60 mph (96.6 km/h) time of 1.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 250 mph (402 km/h), the Roadster is the fastest production car ever built.

Roadster Front 34

As for the specs, here they are:

0-60 mph (96.6 km/h): 1.9 seconds
0-100 mph (160.93 km/h): 4.2 seconds
1/4 mile (400 m): 8.8 seconds
Top speed: 250+ mph (402.3 km/h)
Wheel torque: 7,375.62 lb-ft. (10,000 Nm)
Range: 620 miles (997 km)

Musk confirmed the Roadster has a 200-kWh battery pack, three electric motors (one front, two rear), all-wheel drive and torque steering. It also has seating for four and a removable glass roof (hence the Roadster moniker) that can be stored in the trunk.

Roadster Rear 34

In terms of range, according to Musk the Roadster can travel almost 1,000 km (620 miles), which would allow a user to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back without recharging. This figure is more than twice that of the Model S 75D.

As for pricing and availability, Roadster reservations are available now through Tesla’s website. To get on the list, you’ll need to pay USD$50,000 on a base Roadster which carries a USD$200,000 MSRP.

A Founder’s Series model, which has even more performance, is also available but if you want one of those you’ll have to pay the full USD$250,000 MSRP up front to get your hands on one of 1,000 copies Tesla is scheduled to build. Canadian pricing hasn’t been announced for either model.

As you might have guessed, the Roadster won’t be available for a while. Musk said production isn’t scheduled to begin until 2020, and given Tesla’s history of production delays, it could be even later than that.

Still, if we get an opportunity to drive one someday, Tesla won’t have to ask us twice.

Roadster Front 58

Roadster Interior

Roadster Targa Closed

Roadster Steering Wheel Roadster Front Profile Roadster Rear 34 Studio
Roadster Targa Open Roadster Hero Roadster Rear Profile

 

Photography courtesy of Tesla

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