The new Roadster vehicle set to replace its predecessor was announced by Tesla a few years ago during the premiere of its all-electric semi-truck, and boasts such impressive (or, according to some – rather improbable) specs as an 8.8-second quarter mile, a top speed of over 250 mph, and acceleration to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds.
While the first roadster – released back in 2008 – was described as exciting and supreme by car enthusiasts the world over, the new model reveal was met with somewhat more trepidation.
Some commentators think Tesla should go all out and match the speed with a more futuristic look, while others claim the company‘s restraint in the design department actually imbues their products with a touch of all-too-rare class.
Another aspect of contention is Musk‘s claim that his new roadster will have a battery range of 620 miles, which is about double what other mainstream manufacturers have on offer, and it doesn‘t seem like a new breakthrough in battery design is likely to happen in just two year‘s time.
One the other hand, many – if not most – Tesla buyers probably don‘t even care about the range of their vehicles all that much, focusing primarily on speed, handling, and all the other advantages of the premium electric cars to zip around the city and countryside alike with abandon.
As for the release date, knowing the company‘s proclivity for missing the timelines announced by its passionate leader, industry experts aren‘t betting on the new roadster rolling off the factory floor next year – 2021 or 2022 is more likely.
If you want to be among the lucky few to enjoy the new toy from Tesla, be prepared to fork over no less than $200,00, including a $50,000 reservation, or $250,000 if you’d like the special “Founder Series” model, set to be limited to a mere 1,000 units.
The last thing to consider is whether Tesla will succeed in securing its place as the sole automaker of high-performance all-electric cars in the US even after its rivals present their own versions of EV in the near future.
On this front, Matthew DeBord of Business Insider probably said it best, claiming that, ultimately, it may not even matter: “This is not a car Tesla expects to sell a lot of. They’re not going to sell a lot of new Roadsters. If they do sell any, they can pretty much name their price. You don’t really have that traditional level of competition at this well. You’re talking about the rarified heights of the automobility world where people can pretty much have what they want.”