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Here's What 0-60 Feels Like In The New Tesla Roadster

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The second-generation Tesla Roadster doesn't really exist. Yeah, it rolled out of a truck last night, accompanied by a cloud of fog and a beaming Elon Musk, but it's basically a concept in its current form (and likely a distractor from Tesla's current production woes). But for the moment, what little car there is a lot of fun to watch peeling out.

This video gives us a glimpse of what it's like to experience 0-60 in 1.9 seconds, quicker (not faster) than any production car ever made. It's an eerier experience even watching it on video because it's naturally accompanied by absolutely no noise, save the trademark futuristic whine of an electric motor.

The video also showcases a few cool nuggets about the car. The center screen is situated vertically in the center console, like a Porsche 918, and the driver and passenger each get an identical tiny gauge cluster just below their line of sight, which displays things like current speed and whether Autopilot is engaged. This seems like a rather reluctant concession on Tesla's part, after the Model 3's lack of a traditional gauge cluster was met with widespread consternation.

The most fun part? When you really nail it, the screen is covered in a plaid graphic, a reference to the 1987 film Spaceballs. The acceleration is also accompanied by an involuntary stream of expletives.

The Roadster isn't going to be out for quite a while; while the Tesla Semi is supposed to start production in 2019 and the Roadster in 2020, you can comfortably add another year or three to those numbers since it is Tesla we're dealing with here. And they won't be affordable, either--the Roadster's base price is $200,000 (or $250,000 for the Founder's Series). But compared to comparably quick cars, like a Chiron, it's a hell of a deal.


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