Even if most Model S and Model X owners don’t remember it, the first Tesla Roadster placed the all-electric automaker on the map. The new model was supposed to arrive in 2021, but it hasn’t yet, leading us to suspect it has been postponed. The second-generation Roadster outperforms its predecessor by adding two tiny back seats, dramatically increased driving range, and significantly improved performance. When the Roadster concept was shown in 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed a 1.9-second 60-mph time and a 250-mph top speed—figures we hope will be accurate when this sports car finally comes.
What’s New for 2023?
When it finally goes into production, the Roadster will be a new addition to the Tesla portfolio, resurrecting the brand worn by its initial model in 2008. Tesla had planned to release the sports car in 2021, but we haven’t heard anything since, so we’re guessing the Roadster will be postponed.
EV Motor, Performance, and Power
When the new Tesla Roadster was shown as a concept in November 2017, Musk boasted about the car’s capabilities, which included a 1.9-second time to 60 mph, a top speed of over 250 mph, and a quarter-mile pace of just 8.8 seconds. That’s ridiculous. If that 60-mph pace holds, the Roadster will be a full second faster than its main competitor, the gasoline-powered McLaren 570S. Musk revealed that the Roadster would come standard with the all-wheel-drive during the same press conference. This is less of a shock. Tesla’s standard EV models use two electric motors—one in the front and one in the back—to drive all four wheels, so it’s only natural that the Roadster would use the same layout.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The 200-kWh battery is said to range up to 620 miles, but it will only be possible to get that far if you don’t use it very much. That number will be much lower if you hit the track for a few straight-out hot laps.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EPA hasn’t given the Roadster a rating yet in terms of fuel economy, but that information will be out soon. We want to try out the new Roadster, and we hope we can. We’ll run it through our 75-mph highway fuel economy test and report the results on this page if and when we do.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
For now, the Roadster is just a concept, and in general, ideas change a lot when they become real cars. It has a glass-panel roof that can be removed and put in the trunk. With its steeply curved roofline, the Roadster’s rear seats look like they might not be able to fit adults. Other than that, we expect to see Tesla’s minimalist interior design again in this car. Read more; Polestar most affordable EV is coming to the US.
Large touchscreens run from the top of the dash to the center console, with storage space under them. We don’t think the Roadster will be able to use services like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Amazon Alexa, and we don’t believe that will change. Because if the model 3 sedan’s infotainment system indicates what the Roadster will look like, AM radio and SiriusXM won’t be in this car for the first time! They may have an onboard Wi-Fi connection, Spotify, and a lot of apps for watching movies and TV shows while they’re parked or charging their electric cars. Read also; Tesla Cybertruck 2023 Release Date Announced by Elon Musk
If the Roadster is like the rest of Tesla’s cars, we think it will come with the same standard warranty package. This includes an eight-year warranty on the vehicle’s electric motors and battery pack. Tesla isn’t likely to go with a free maintenance plan like the Audi R8 or the Jaguar F-Type.
- A limited warranty lasts for four years or 50,000 miles.
- Powertrain warranty covers eight years, regardless of miles
- There is no free scheduled maintenance.
Tesla reports that the standard Roadster will cost $200,000 and the Founders Series will cost $50,000 extra. Apart from the fact that just 1000 Founders Series models will be created, we don’t know what makes them different. If you’re a collector, the extra money may be worth it; otherwise, save your money. When further information about the car’s standard and optional features becomes available, we’ll update this story.