Is the Tesla Roadster dead?
...and if it's not, when is it going to show up?
The first generation Tesla Roadster, built on the Lotus Elise, started Tesla on its road to success. Since then, Tesla has gone on to become one of the most popular names in auto manufacturing, both with drivers and with media. Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, has even become a common household name, unlike any other head of an auto manufacturer. I'd bet most of you have never heard of Jose Munoz, the President of Hyundai.
Now that Tesla has it's entire lineup in motion, it is time for a new Roadster. The second generation Roadster was unveiled by Musk in 2017, to be produced in 2020. If you haven't noticed, it's 2020 right now, but the new Roadster is nowhere to be found. It was pushed back to 2021. But, then, Tesla announced its Cybertruck, an all-electric monstrosity of a pickup truck. This meant putting the new roadster on hold until after the Cybertruck is in production. Once "all goes well" with that, according to an interview with Elon Musk and Joe Rogan, the Roadster may begin real stages of development and production. This means that the real second generation Roadster may not come around until 2022. Again, that is if everything goes perfectly with the Cybertruck.
However, I don't think everything will go well, primarily because the Cybertruck is the worst looking pickup truck that I have ever seen. Think along the lines of a DeLorean mixed with a Hummer and a brick, that then got melted in a microwave. I think Tesla knows that it's appearance is grotesque, since they are releasing a complete redesign of the Cybertruck that will be released roughly a month from now. It seems that not everything with the Cybertruck is going well so far...so much for a 2022 Tesla Roadster.
I guess, if the Tesla trends continue, the new Roadster might now hit the streets until 2023 or 2032 or maybe even 3022. This happened with the Acura NSX. When Honda/Acura decided to revive the NSX for the 2017 model year, it had been 10 years since they first announced the resurrection of the legend. Since it had been so long, people had been building expectations for 10 years, and there was no way that the new NSX could meet them. The 10 year wait also allowed competitors like the BMW i8 and the Porsche 911 Turbo (and more) to jump ahead of Honda and steal some of the market share from under their feet. This meant that the NSX did not sell well at all, and most people wouldn't recognize one if they saw it...but they may not ever see one.
My concern is that what happened to the NSX will happen to the new Roadster. It will continue to be delayed until it finally does go on sale, but by that point something else, something better, may have been built, and not many people will actually buy one. That's unfortunate, because I'd like to see a production car hit 60 in 1.9 seconds. I'm a major fan of naturally aspirated gas V8s, but I'd still love to see this...so that should tell you something.