After a year of hinting and teasing, Elon Musk has finally unveiled the new generation Tesla Roadster. The new Roadster is an entirely new design and moves into the supercar category price wise and hypercar category, performance wise. The numbers are mind boggling – 0-100 kmph in 1.9 seconds, quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, top speed of 250 mph+ and a an absolutely unbelievable 10,000 Nm of torque! All World records.
All this is possible thanks to a 200 kWh battery pack and three electric motors (two at the rear axle and one on the front). If you have heard of the Tesla P100D’s performance, you know its fast, fast enough to destroy a pack of supercars in a quarter mile. With an additional 100 kWh and one additional motor, you can only think how fast the new Roadster really is. The 200 kWh battery pack also helps the car to go 620 miles or 997 km on a single charge which is another world record.
Access to this performance won’t come cheap though as the new Roadster will be priced at $200,000 for the regular model and $250,000 for the Founder’s Edition, if you want to be one of the first 1000 people to take delivery of the supercar when it arrives in 2020. Considering what Tesla has been able to achieve with the new Roadster’s electric drivetrain, it should surely boost supercar makers’ plans to develop their their own electric vehicles.