Next-gen Tesla Roadster will be the fastest car ever produced

The Tesla Semi promises to revolutionize the trucking industry, with unpredictable effects on our economy and society. But for lovers of electric speed, the big rig was upstaged at Thursday’s reveal event by a little surprise Tesla was hiding in the trailer.

The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made. It will do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, and the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds, faster than exotic supercars such as the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren 720s.

“These numbers sound nutty, but they’re real,” said Elon Musk as he ran down the specs for the upcoming EV. Top speed will be “above 250 mph.” The 200 kWh battery pack – by far Tesla’s largest ever – will deliver a range of 620 miles. Three motors – one on each rear wheel and one on the front axle – will deliver 4WD and a “stupid” 10,000 Nm of torque. “Driving a gasoline sports car,” said Musk, “is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”

The new Roadster is a 4-seater, although “you can’t put giant people in the rear seats.” It’s also a convertible, and has “tons of storage.”

It will be available in 2020.

“Jump over the barriers!” shouted a jubilant Musk as he left the stage.


Sources: The Verge, EVannex, Teslarati

  • plutocrat03

    I can think of at least 3 with a top speed off the top of my head. Likely many more. Cornering is an important performance characteristic, How many lateral gs will it pull? Current vehicles not particularly impressive. Finally, how many performance laps before speed degradation.

    Seems like a bargain if they can address some of the above issues. Top speed least important of the above.

    • Vincent Wolf

      Driving your car on the nations highway the top speed is worthless unless you migrate to Germany. It’s quickness that is exhilarating. It’s why gas can’t compete against EVs up Pikes Peak. It’s why slot cars are all electric. It’s that instant torque and 98% efficiency–gas motors are at best 35%. And fossil fuels go boom if something goes wrong. How many deaths from EV fires? How many have died from EV pollution? How many suicides from EV carbon monoxied poisoning? How many have been burned hideously from EV crashes? How many big oil executives–including those in the Arab world have gotten rich off of all those people maimed by gasoline car fires and collisions? How many have gone broke fixing a gasoline car mechanically broken? EVs are simplicity.

      Why defend such a complex dangerous big oil derived system that causes $10 trillion worldwide in health costs due to air pollution, etc?