During the Tesla Semi unveiling in November, there was a surprise unveiling of the next-generation Roadster to all those in attendance and streaming it live on Tesla’s website. The last generation Tesla Roadster was based on a Lotus and was sold from 2008-2012. This new Tesla EV sports car however, is designed in house by Tesla’s design team with the lead of Tesla’s design chief, Franz von Holzhausen. Tesla CEO Elon Musk touts that this all-electric roadster will deliver a “hardcore smackdown” to gasoline powered cars.
Indeed it is faster than many supercars, with an unprecedented 0-60mph (100km/h) in 1.9 secs. Launching the all-electric Tesla Roadster into triple-digit speeds it takes just 4.2 secs and a quarter mile its just 8.9 secs. 250mph will be the top speed for the all-electric Roadster with a 2+2 seating layout. However, as with some sports cars and supercars, those rear seats are useless and are only there for insurance reasons.
The Tesla electric supercar is not expected to arrive in showrooms until 2020 (Give or take as Tesla is notorious for delivery delays and its lofty goals and expectations), with a price tag starting at a bit above $200,000USD.