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Tesla Roadster is expected to reach 100 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds

Elon Musk, the creator of Tesla, presented a revamped version of the company’s first vehicle, the Roadster, calling it a “hardcore smackdown against gasoline automobiles” due to its electric prowess.

Unveiled with Tesla‘s new electric pickup, the new muscle car boasts numbers so impressive they make the vehicle seem like a Top Trumps card brought to life by electricity.

See below for a complete rundown of the information we currently have on the 2018 Tesla Roadster.


Musk claims the “basic model” concept can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 secs, and that the manufacturing vehicle may be much quicker.

In ridiculous plus mode, the current quickest Tesla, the Model S P100D, reaches 60 mph in 2.3 seconds, thus this is an improvement of 0.4 seconds. With a 0-60 mph pace of 2.2 seconds, the power hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder is the current development vehicle king. The AMZ Grimsel Electric Race Car achieved a 0-60 mph time of 1.5 seconds, which is the quickest of all time.

If Vin Diesel ever comes knocking, the Tesla Roadster is expected to reach 100 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds from a stop and complete a quarter mile in 8.9 secs.

Musk boasted that the Roadster would be capable of speeds more than 250 miles per hour, provided that a sufficiently long straight road is available. On November 4th, at Pahrump, Nevada, a Koenigsegg Agera RS hit a high speed of 277.87 miles per hour, setting a new record for a manufacturing automobile.

Palo Alto, California, USA – July 19, 2011: An exterior look at the rear end of an orange convertible Tesla Roadster electric sports car. The Roadster was designed in partnership with Lotus and debuted in 2008 and had a sticker price of around $100,000 dollars. Tesla plans to continue to sell the cars through 2012.

The Tesla will have a three-motor setup, much like the Model S P100D. The Roadster is equipped with all-wheel drive thanks to its three motors: one in the front powering the front tires, and another in the back propelling the back wheels.

Musk claims that the Roadster, with its 200 kWh battery, will be able to go around 630 miles on the highway before needing to be recharged. At 55 mph and 20 degrees Celsius, the Model S 100D has a maximum range of 424 miles.

Since the new tesla is a two plus two, with up to two chairs up front and two smaller seats in the back, it’s possible to transport 4 people in the vehicle—albeit with some discomfort for the rear occupants.


The Audi TT hatchback and the Porsche 911 are two such examples of 2+2 automobiles.

At a suggested retail value of $200,000 (£151,530), the “basic” Model 3 will be the most costly Tesla to date, surpassing even the top-of-the-line Model X at £144,440.

The Roadster will cost a reasonable $200,000, which is much less than its potential merits warrant. For comparison, a brand-new Porsche 918 Spyder would set you back over $780,000, whereas a Bugatti Chiron will set you back around $2.5 million.

Only 1,000 of these special edition Founder’s Series Roadsters will be produced, and each will cost $250,000.

Musk has predicted that sales of the Roadster would begin in 2020, however, this date is very speculative in light of the difficulties and setbacks Tesla has had in bringing its previous vehicles to market.

However, potential purchasers who placed a $50,000 reservation at the Roadster’s unveiling event were given the opportunity to test drive a prototype of the vehicle.

What is the point of the Roadster if Musk’s true objective for Tesla was to make electric vehicles popular, with the high-priced cars serving as a means to finance the development of the cheaper and more mainstream?

Musk remarked during the unveiling, “The goal of doing this is to send a serious smackdown to gasoline automobiles.” To paraphrase: “Your gas-powered sports vehicle will be as fun to operate as a steam power served with quiche.”

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