Tesla unleashes new Roadster does 1.9 seconds 0-60 mph

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Alongside it all-electric truck called the Semi, Tesla revealed its new Roadster, which Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk claims that will be the quickest car in the world with a 0-60 mph (96 kph) time of 1.9 seconds.

The Palo Alto based company also claimed that it will be available in 2020, and can do 0-100 (0-160 kph) in 4.2 seconds, and do a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds. It also boasted that the Ludicrous mode fitted in almost all of its vehicles wasn’t enough.

“There is of course one speed faster than Ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next-generation Roadster: maximum plaid,” the company said in a press statement.

While the old roadster shared a platform with the Lotus Elise, the new model will be built entirely in-house, and can seat four people, making it a 2+2. The glass targa roof can be stored down in the boot as well. Underneath the shell, it has a 200kWh battery, but the carmaker did not show any power figures as of time of writing. Musk also claimed that it was capable of doing 250 mph (400 kph) during testing, and has a range of 620 miles (992 kilometers), a figure unheard of in electric cars.


“The point of all this is just to give a hardcore smack down to gasoline cars,” Musk said in a statement.

All those figures come at a hefty price, however. At a whopping $200,000 it is nearly thrice the asking amount than the previous model (and an additional $50,000 for a reserved slot on owning one), but when compared to other hypercars such as the McLaren P1 or the Porsche 918, it can be a bargain to some. For doling out a $250,000 deposit up front you will get what Tesla calls “The Founders Series,” which will be limited to the first 1,000 units, but the carmaker did not specify the trim differences. It will be a matter of time before Tesla reveals the full spec sheets before its production in 2020.

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