As quick as an F1 car (almost), nearly as fast as the Chiron and as affordable as an R8! Say hello to the Tesla Roadster
ELON MUSK IS A MAN OF his word, and at the unveiling of the new Tesla Semi truck, these were his words, “The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.” And with that, Musk did what he does best – shock the world with a reveal that it wasn’t expecting. Going by the numbers that are being quoted by Tesla for the freshout-of-the-crate Roadster, Musk wasn’t fibbing.
Tesla claims that the Roadster can reach 100kmph from a standstill in an eye-watering 1.9 seconds. That should comfortably make it the quickest car in series production. One that is capable of accelerating almost as quick as an F1 car. A typical F1 car takes between 1.6 to 1.8 seconds to get up to 100kmph from launching off the starting grid. This also means that the new Roadster completely eclipses the 0-100kmph time set by the Tesla Model S P100D. The Roadster will then go on to crack a top speed of around 400kmph, which puts it squarely in Bugatti Chiron territory. Finally, thwacking the ball straight out of the park, is the claimed 1000km range on a full charge!
The smattering of numbers leaves us gobsmacked for it completely changes people’s perceptions of what a car, especially an EV, can do.
At the same time this is not a one-off figment of Musk’s wild imagination that will cost you an arm, a leg and a couple of vitals from your body. The new Roadster is affordable (relatively of course) and with a sticker that reads $200,000, costs a mere fraction of a conventional hypercar. A special Founder’s Series edition of the car limited to 1000 units will also be available for a premium of just $50,000.
In comparison, both the Mercedes-AMG Project One and the Aston Martin Valkyrie will see you poorer by a beggaring $3 million. Besides, unlike these two