The motoring world's reaction to the crazy Tesla Roadster release
What are your thoughts on the 0-60mph claims of this new EV?
It's not often that the motoring industry is taken completely by surprise by a car release. And yet during Tesla's unveiling of its fully electric semi truck last night, Elon Musk had the onlookers gasping at the company's hidden secret - the rekindling of the Tesla Roadster.
The true shock factor came in the shape of the performance stats quoted by Musk; 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of over 250mph. Tesla has claimed it to be 'the quickest car in the world' and if these stats are to be believed, it could take that title when released in 2020.
The internet has predictably gone a little crazy, with some motoring journalists jumping firmly onto the hype train, but with others slamming Musk for yet another brash statement that could be a blot on Tesla's currently struggling reputation.
To kick things off, Sam Sheehan of Autocar expressed the need for Tesla to make a similar car a little more affordable:
Mr Chris Harris on the other hand hasn't taken well to the Tesla unveiling, doubting the company's ability to convert this hype into something tangible. And he's not the only one:
Ex-EVO writer Dan Prosser confessed his allegiances towards something with more of a motorsport background.
Andrew Brady (Motoring Research) doesn't seem to be bothered by the potentially world-beating EV in the slightest:
To conclude, it seems the majority of journalists haven't taken to the new Tesla Roadster kindly, displaying a 'we've seen this kind of sh*t before' attitude. There seems to be overriding doubts as to whether Musk and his engineers can actually put such a car into production.
The top speed of over 250mph is just as impressive as the acceleration stats, considering most EVs run out of puff after a ferocious bout of acceleration. If Tesla can back up these claims then it will be a huge leap forward for EVs and the whole industry itself. The internal combustion engine is very much being left behind by the electric motor but - as it stands - the majority of the motoring world isn't quite convinced yet.
What do you think of Elon Musk's claims? Do you think Tesla can actually put such a monstrous sportscar into production or is it simply a sensationalist piece of propaganda from the Empire of Elon? Tell us what you think in the comments below!