Meet the new Tesla roadster, touted to be the quickest production car in the world. Baroque Ground gives you all the details about founder Elon Musk’s latest creation
Elon Musk’s second-generation all-electric Roadster is no copycat. It’s a whole new beast from the one that took the world by storm in 2008. The beautiful four-seater is, according to Musk, going to be the quickest production car ever. Competing with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari is no mean feat, but the new Tesla Roadster is ready to take them on, and if the figures being bandied about are anything to go by, this is one serious vehicle.
Elon Musk’s latest creation apparently can go from 0 to 60mph in 1.9 seconds. If that is proved correct, then we’re talking about the fastest production vehicle ever made, the first of its kind to break the 2-second mark. Word has it that the Tesla Roadster Generation 2 can reach 100mph from 0 in just 4.2 seconds.
At its reveal recently in LA, which came at the same time as the announcement of Tesla’s new semi-truck, Musk intimated that the speed of this new beast is “above 250mph”. That’s one fast car. He also said that the Roadster featured a 200kWh battery pack and a 620-mile range per each charge, which is more than 1,000km per charge in kilometers. Not bad at all. Musk equated that to traveling from LA to San Francisco without recharging.
The exciting second-generation Roadster features three engines, one in the front and two at the back, as well as torque steering and all-wheel drive. The new super car has borrowed numerous features from other sports cars, including the McLaren P1 cockpit, headlights like the Bugatti Chiron, an exterior that resembles the Acura NSX, roof like a Targa and a rear that reminds us of an Aston Martin DB10.
Musk admitted to taking on gasoline cars head-on. “Driving any other turbo-charged sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche,” he quipped.
So when will this super car go into production? Sadly, not until 2020. However, those who are impatient can reserve one right away by handing over $50,000 deposit on the vehicle, which is expected to cost in the region of $200,000 for a base model. If you’re a supreme Tesla fan, you can get one of the first 1,000 Founders Series models of the Tesla Roadster, priced at quarter of a million dollars. But you have to pay for it now.