The new Tesla Roadster is the world’s fastest accelerating road car

The electric car-maker has unveiled its very secret ultra-quick Roadster with a 0-60mph time of just 1.9 seconds

3y ago

Elon Musk managed to surprise the world's motoring press with the unveiling of this, the all-new Tesla Roadster. A model which somehow the company has managed to keep under wraps until yesterday - and which comes with some very bold claims.

According to the tech entrepreneur, this all-new model is capable of the 0-60mph dash in just 1.9 seconds, which would make it the first production car of its type to break the mythical two-second barrier.

The speed gathering intensity continues with 100mph being reached from a standing start in a staggeringly quick 4.2 seconds. Musk has also claimed another first with the Roadster’s quarter-mile time, confirming it’s capable of covering the distance in just 8.8 seconds - the first time any production car has broken the 9 second barrier.

While Musk has remained coy about the top speed, he did confirm that the Roadster will hit speeds of “250mph plus.” That is a never-before-seen figure from a car powered by electric motors. We can only assume that Tesla has some sort of clever method of deploying the trio of electric motors to achieve this speed.

All of this fury comes from a trio of electric motors fed by a 200 kWh battery pack which offers 620 miles of highway driving range. For comparison purposes, this is twice the capacity of the Model S P100D.

One question that Musk failed to answer was the power number that the Roadster produces. He did however confirm that it does produce some 10,000Nm of torque at the wheels which is a hypercar beating number if ever there was one.

On the inside of this speed-fest, buyers will find two-plus-two seating, a removable roof panel that can be stored in the boot - and we assume a speedo that goes all the way up to 250mph.

When asked as to why Tesla has chosen to resurrect the Roadster as a model, Musk said: "The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars,” continued Musk. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”

The Tesla Roadster is due to arrive in 2020, priced from $200,000 (£151,000) making it quite possibly the performance bargain of the next century.

So, would you have the Roadster or the Chiron? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Comments (67)

    • 3 years ago
    • There are other ways to produce (clean) electricity than yours. Browse some encyclopedia for: dam, tidal dam,...

        3 years ago
    • Agree, there are far cleaner sources available. But, the current situation is that fossil fuel dominates at Global level as evidenced through numerous reports available online.

        3 years ago
  • This is the boring future: fast straight line self driving cars a monkey could manage.

    How much does it weight? What cornering force can it achieve?

    Answers: too much, not so much.

    Hypercars are still "steam machines" because they're still better at driving fast and having fun.

    Look at the video, a lot of fancy lights and people queuing for a 200m ride............ really fun, so fun and involving you could be drunk and the thing would do the same.

    The future is not there yet, wait for McLaren and Ferrari to judge it is time to switch and you will have it

      3 years ago
    • I think fun is realative... I believe you would be hard pressed to say that the acceleration this car achieves is not fun whether in a corner or not. If you only have fun in the corners then your missing most of the fun of driving. I dare say that 90...

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        3 years ago
    • Im pretty sure it is very quick aroubd corners, although it is probably quite heavy, because Tesla positions the Batteries under the floor which keeps the weight point very low. This is why for example the SUV-like model X drives like a...

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        3 years ago
  • Just a few more Billion in Government funds & they can fill 200 of the 400,000 orders

      3 years ago
  • Due to arrive in 2020...2021...2022...2023...2024...2025...

      3 years ago
  • Another typhicall Musk destraction from the serious troubles his company is in. 750 Employees kicked out for no reason, production of his model 3 seesed at only 260 pre-production (should have been 1.500 PER MONTH) from which the current drivers are strictly forbidden to lent a model 3 to the automotive press, Lithium Cobalt prices rising skyhigh, serious quality issues on both the model S and X, and no single car sold with even a penny profit. Keep on dreaming, the Hype Tesla is over soon.

      3 years ago
    • You obviously don’t know shit about Tesla. Have you seen the Tesla stock prices? A lot of huge, innovative companies are counting on negative profits in the starting phase of the company. Tesla will turn a profit, and a lot of high profile...

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        3 years ago
    • "Drivers are strictly forbidden to lent a model 3 to the automotive press". Well, that's not accurate. Recently Doug Demuro had tested it. He's not from a magazine, but still make part of the automotive press. "You can read more of his...

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        3 years ago