Tesla came out of nowhere with the surprise reveal of a new Roadster mid-November, an all-electric sports car that, with an alleged zero-to-100 km/h time of 1.9 seconds, may be one of the quickest production cars in the world.
The original roadster was released close to a decade ago and really put Tesla on the map, but that Lotus-based EV didn’t have performance specs close to the one the new Roadster boasts.
The new car is capable of a zero-to-160 km/h pull in the time it’d take most cars to get to 100 km/h, 4.2 seconds. Top speed is unconfirmed, but north of 402 km/h (250 mph), says CEO Elon Musk. The quarter-mile will disappear in 8.9 seconds.
It pulls off these incredible numbers by sending an incredible amount of torque – some 7,376 ft-lbs as measured at the wheels, to be precise – via an electric motor at the front and two at the rear. Battery capacity is twice that of a Model S P100D, so it’s good for about 1,000 km per charge.
The reveal of the four-seat targa-style Roadster followed Tesla’s pulling the covers off its new semi truck at an event in California, but no production numbers or release dates were announced for the car. The Roadster will apparently start production some time around 2020, though; prices are roughly $256,000 CDN.