Tesla surprised everyone last week when it unveiled its new Roadster at the end of its electric semi unveiling event.
The original Tesla Roadster was released in 2011 and hasn’t been refreshed since.
Out of the back of one of the newly announced semis creeped out a red car, and pulled up beside Elon Musk. In Steve Jobs “one more thing” fashion, the new Roadster was announced to the public.
The new Roadster has a more refined, aggressive look than the original Roadster. It’s curves seem to borrow from various supercars but it manages to look distinctly like a Tesla.
To keep it simple, it's a beautifully designed car. What is more impressive though is how it performs.
The Tesla Roadster will come with 3 electric motors, a 200-Kilowatt hour battery, seats 4, and is all-wheel drive.
The new Roadster will do 0-60 MPH in 1.9 seconds and 0-100 M.P.H. in 4.2 seconds. The top speed is over 250 mph (a specific number wasn't officially announced).
If the production car hits those numbers, that would make it the quickest production vehicle ever made.
A New Standard For Range
It will have a 620-mile range which is unheard of. During the unveiling, Musk mentioned that the Roadster would be able to do this range at highway speeds.
This will be the first electric vehicle to be able to drive for more than 1000 kilometers on a single charge.
That range is thanks to the 200-kilowatt hour battery that will come standard in the car. That's twice as big as the biggest battery offered on the Tesla Model S.
Roadster Pricing & Release
The new Roadster will cost $200,000 for the base model and has a reservation price of $50,000.
The Founder Series, which will have all of the bells and whistles will cost $250,000 and has a $250,000 reservation price.
Only 1,000 of the Founder Series Roadsters will be available for reservation.
The roadster is scheduled to ship in 2020, making it a couple year long wait before you get on the road.
If all goes well, this car will completely change how we think about electric vehicles.