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ELON MUSK REVEALED THE TESLA ROADSTER LAST THURSDAY as a total surprise during the Tesla Semi-Truck reveal. A new car out-of-the-blue from Tesla is surprise enough, but wait, there’s more.
Commenting on the Roadster’s stats, Musk himself states what everybody is thinking:
“These numbers sound nutty, but they’re real.”
The stats below rival, or beat, the most expensive, desirable and exclusive production cars currently in existence. These cars cost millions, and Tesla plans to release their Roadster for a fraction of that. We’ve already seen Tesla beat cars in this fashion with certain packages of the Model S, so I guess this should come as no surprise. Still, these stats are a surprise at any price-point, and from an electric car, they are even more unprecedented.
Musk stresses that these are “prototype” achievements of the base-model Roadster, hinting that the car will be even faster when it goes to production, and then faster still with higher-than-base model packages. Yikes.
Tesla 2020 Roadster Stats
- 0 – 60 mph (0 – 100 kph) in 1.9 seconds, the fastest of any production car, ever.
- 0 – 100 mph in 4.2 seconds
- 1/4 mile in 8.9 seconds, the fastest production car quarter-mile, ever.
- 250+ mph top speed
- 200 kWh battery pack resulting in a 620 mile (1000 km) highway range, the best of any production electric car, ever. That’s Los Angeles to San Francisco and back, at highway speed, on a single charge.
- Car will have 3 motors (1 on the front, 2 on the rear)
- All-wheel drive
- 10,000 nm of torque
- Convertible (removable roof)
- “Capacious storage”
- Available in 2020 (expect delays because it’s Tesla)
- Base price: $200,000, actually a bargain for something of this caliber.
Musk states the impetus behind the production of the Roadster:
“The point of doing this is to just give the hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.
Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam-engine with a side of quiche.”
Watch the entire Tesla Livestream reveal below (the audio syncs up soon after Musk starts talking):