The 2020 Tesla Roadster - The Performance Bargain of the Century?
As anyone who follows electric cars (or even just supercars/hypercars in general) in any way at all will know, the 2020 Tesla Roadster is a very big deal. It's a car that promises us insane levels of performance (0-60 in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 250+ mph), some of the best range figures yet from an EV and, apparently, a sticker price of around $250k. You might want to look at that price and the performance figures quoted again, because there's something very important there...
Yep, you read that right. If the claimed figures are correct, the second iteration of the Tesla Roadster is a car that can beat a Bugatti Chiron to 60 mph and reach very similar top speeds. For $250k. To put that into perspective, the Bugatti costs in excess of $1 million, easily. This means that the Tesla is A QUARTER of the price. Compare it as well to the Koenigsegg Regera, another car with a similar 250+ mph claimed top speed. The Regera has a sticker price of around the $1 million mark too. If you aren't convinced enough, compare it to other cars around the $250k price mark and you'll see that none of them can even reach the same claimed performance figures as Elon Musk's batshit creation. Here is where the Tesla will outshine everything else - value for money, at least in the performance department.
"A Tesla being good value for money? Have you gone mad?" you're probably all shouting at me right now. Yes, if we were talking about the Model S or Model X you'd be perfectly justified - nobody is going to argue that they aren't horrendously overpriced. The Roadster however, when you take its claimed performance figures into account like I've just done now, is an absolute bargain. The kind of performance it's claiming to offer is something that even just a few years ago you would have had to have seriously deep reserves of cash to get hold of. You would have needed to be able to buy yourself a Bugatti, a Koenigsegg, a Pagani or even a racing car that was totally unusable on the road. The Tesla Roadster however, not only costs nowhere near the amount of money that any of those cars do, but it's also being marketed as a totally useable road car that can even take up to four people and their luggage on a long journey!
I guess the best illustration of this is an old video by none other than Jeremy Clarkson himself where he talked about the performance of Formula 1 cars. In that video, (which was from the earlier days of Top Gear when him, James and Richard were helming the show) he talks about how racing cars of today will be outclassed performance wise by road cars from 20-30 years in the future (I can't find this video - if anyone could grab it for me, that would be awesome!). Of course this all leads up to a joke about how you could drive as fast as an F1 car on the A35 or whatever else, but this kind of performance is at the point where it's genuinely not a joke now. A bunch of engineering madmen have created a legitimate road vehicle that, if all claims are correct, could give us performance that only racing drivers have ever experienced before. That, everyone, is why the Tesla Roadster is the performance bargain of the century.