Tesla has announced a new version of its very first car, the Roadster, turning it into an electric supercar.
Company founder Elon Musk described it as a “hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars”.
1. Zero to 60mph / 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds
2. Zero to 100mph in 4.2 seconds
3. A top speed of 250mph
4. Three motors
5. Drive 620 miles with a 200kWh battery
6. Four humans (of different sizes) will fit in it
7. It’ll cost you $200,000 most expensive Tesla to date
8. You can’t get one until 2020
Elon Musk said the Roadster will go on sale in 2020, although that depends on any problems or delays Tesla has faced getting its other cars to market.
It’s already technically up for pre-order, however: as interested buyers who put down a $50,000 deposit at the Roadster’s launch event were able to have a ride in a prototype.
Musk’s stated aim for Tesla is to make electric cars mainstream, starting with high-priced cars to fund the development of the cheaper and more mainstream Model 3
“The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars,” said Musk at the launch. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”
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