Either a mound of provocative ballyhoo or a galactic nut kick to the makers of gas-fed hypercars. In either case, it’s gorgeous, with wheels stretched to its corners and skin extended as tight as Mickey Rourke’s.
Why It Matters
Elon Musk, as he’s susceptible to do, is making huge claims for the car. Like the one he sputtered out with gormless self-confidence at the Roadster’s three-ring rollout last November: “The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made. Duration.” That would mean beating the Koenigsegg Agera RS’s top-speed record of 277.9 miles per hour, but we wonder if the Tesla employer is confusing his superlatives here and meant to say “quickest.” Musk claims that the Roadster will range from absolutely no to 60 in 1.9 seconds, clear 100 mph in 4.2, and finish the quarter-mile in 8.9 with an optimal speed “above 250 mph” right out of the box. Which’s the base model, which he hinted is only the start of the Roadster’s performance.
2021 Tesla Roadster Platform
Potentially you’ve seen that the Roadster isn’t a roadster at all however a Targa, which saves its glass roofing system in the trunk. Beyond that, we understand just that it has four seats. Musk calls it a two-plus-two, so do not count on moving four grownups, which matters a little bit here.
2021 Tesla Roadster Powertrain
Three motors– 2 driving the rear wheels and one driving the fronts– will power the important things. Given the efficiency claims, a multispeed gearbox promises. A 200-kWh battery pack– that’s two times the capacity of the largest pack currently available from Tesla– offers the juice for all that speed, acceleration, and a declared 620-mile range at highway speeds.
Competitors: McLaren BP23, Mercedes-AMG Project One, Porsche Mission E, Thor, Zeus, Medusa, and whatever another hyperbolic insanity exists in 2020.
What Might Go Wrong
Owners might anticipate the car to live up to Musk’s claims, which has been an issue for Tesla. Or they might expect it to do things other hypercars can do, such as, say, lap a track with consistent performance– likewise an issue for a minimum of one Tesla. And utilizing a 200-kWh battery pack includes weight. Tesla will require to up its tech considerably to make this a track hound, a dragster, and a lake-bed special all in one. However, it’s just declaring 2 of the three.
Approximated Arrival and Price
Tesla says it’ll go on sale in 2020 and start at $200,000. However, it’s said such things in the past. Here’s to us consuming those words.