Even though the majority of Model S and Model X purchasers don’t recall it, the first Tesla Roadster established the all-electric car manufacturer. The new model, which was supposed to return in 2021 but hasn’t yet appeared on the market, has us thinking it’s been postponed.
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By including two tiny back seats, a much wider driving range, and a far better degree of performance, the second-generation Roadster surpasses its forerunner. When the Roadster concept was shown back in 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked of a 1.9-second 0-60 mph time and a 250 mph peak speed—numbers that we fervently hope will hold true when this sports vehicle actually makes an appearance.
What has changed for the 2023 model?
When it ultimately goes into production, the Roadster will be a fresh addition to the
Tesla portfolio, bringing back the moniker used by the brand’s first model back in 2008. Since Tesla hasn’t said anything since announcing the sports vehicle as a 2021 model, we assume the Roadster has been postponed.
Cost and Which One to Purchase
According to Tesla, the regular Roadster will cost $200,000, and a limited-edition
Founders Series will cost an additional $50,000. Other than the fact that just 1000 Founders Series devices will be produced, there are no specific specifications available to us that set the two apart. If you’re a collector, it can be worth the extra cash; otherwise, keep your cash in savings.
EV Performance, Power, and Motor
Musk boasted some fantastical performance stats for the new Tesla Roadster when it was first shown as a concept in November 2017. These stats included a
1.9- second 0-60 mph time, a peak speed of more than 250 mph, and an 8.8-second quarter-mile time. That is unacceptable. For comparison, the Roadster will be a full second faster than its main competition, the gasoline-powered McLaren 570S, provided that 60 mph time holds up.
Musk mentioned the Roadster’s basic all-wheel drive at this talk as well. This is not as shocking. It seems likely that the Roadster would use the same drivetrain as Tesla’s standard EV vehicles, which use two electric motors—one in the front and one at the rear—to power all four wheels.
Battery Life, Charging, and Range
The 200-kWh battery is supposed to have a range of up to 620 miles, but that number will only be possible with very little utilization; taking the track for a few flat-out fast laps will significantly reduce that estimate.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPGe
Although the EPA hasn’t yet disclosed its fuel efficiency numbers for the Roadster, we can expect to learn more about them as we get closer to the vehicle’s delivery date.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
The Roadster is currently just a concept, and conceptions typically undergo significant alteration when they are developed into manufacturing versions. The glass-panel roof of the Roadster concept car is detachable and may be stored in the trunk. It features four seats, but given the Roadster’s drastically sloped roofline, the back two seats appear to be too small to accommodate people. Other than that, we anticipate seeing Tesla’s distinctively simple interior design here.
Connectivity and Information
A large touchscreen with a storage cubby beneath it is featured in the concept’s design and runs from the top of the dash all the way down to the center console. We don’t anticipate the Tesla Roadster to add support for features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Amazon Alexa to its array of vehicles. In fact, customers shouldn’t anticipate seeing AM radio or SiriusXM in this car if the infotainment system in the Model 3 sedan is any indication of what we’ll see in the Roadster. To keep drivers occupied while parked and charging, Tesla is likely to offer an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, Spotify integration, and a variety of visual entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not had the opportunity to conduct crash testing because the Roadster is currently simply a concept. We anticipate Tesla will include its renowned Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system along with all of its most cutting-edge driver-assistance technologies on the Roadster.
Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance
We believe that the Roadster will feature an eight-year warranty on the vehicle’s electric motors and battery pack, in addition to the remainder of Tesla’s usual warranty package. The Tesla is unlikely to have a free maintenance contract, unlike competitors like the Audi R8 or the Jaguar F-type.
- Four years or 50,000 miles are covered under the limited warranty.
- No mileage and the powertrain warranty lasts for eight years.
- There is no free scheduled maintenance