Back in 2008, Tesla launched their original Roadster – a car which finally proved to all the doubters that all-electric vehicles really could cut the mustard with more traditional, petrol-powered sports cars. In 2018, SpaceX launched Elon Musk’s Roadster into space, resulting in pictures which were surreal. If you want fireworks, you found them with this outfit of all-electric vehicle pioneers.
So, each new Tesla release is something that should excite you. And, of course, the new Tesla Roadster, is no exception. Slated for release in the 2020 model year, the new Tesla Roadster is gearing up to be something extraordinary indeed.
An Updated Model, a Decade in the Making
Relaunching the Roadster is something Tesla has been promising to do for some time now, and Elon Musk got straight to the point ahead of the unveiling;
“We started Tesla with a sports car, the Tesla Roadster, and it is the foundation of the whole company,” Musk said.
“People have been asking us for years when we are going to build another Roadster, and I can confirm that we are doing it now. The release of the new Roadster is a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.”
‘A hardcore smackdown’ is a nice turn of phrase, but what will this mean in practice? Let’s take a look in a little more detail.
Powerful Stuff from Tesla
Not content with rubbing shoulders with the big petrol-guzzling supercars from Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, et al. Tesla is rumoured to have produced an electric vehicle which will leave its rivals in the dust. The new Roadster is projected to have the fastest acceleration of any car on the planet, hitting 100 kilometres per hour in an astonishing two seconds from a standing start, and covering 400 metres in only 8.9 seconds. Of course, all that acceleration can’t go on forever, but, with a top speed of above 400 kilometres per hour, the new Tesla Roadster gives it a good old go.
“Yes,” say the sceptics (and, unbelievably, there are still a few of them about), “but what about its range?”
In recent years, the range of all-electric vehicles has grown enormously, turning what were once prototypes and experimental vehicles into genuinely useful, practical cars suitable for the rigours of everyday use. As the industry leaders in this field, Tesla was never going to be left standing when it comes to battery life, and the range of the vehicle is predictably impressive. The Roadster is expected to include a 200-kilowatt-hour battery, capable of travelling a distance of over 1000 kilometres; something standard petrol powered cars would seriously struggle to achieve. The Roadster is a vehicle with enormous potential and one which will not be dragged down by concerns about its practicality, or its suitability for driving in a country as vast and as open as Australia.
Poise and Practicality
We can expect the finished article to go above and beyond even these impressive specs. The vehicle presented at the unveiling was, only a base model. The acceleration, range, and overall top speed figures which have already wowed audiences could be considerably higher on higher level models once the Roadster gets its final release. Even this ‘humble’ base model is packing three electric motors, capable of more than 1000 Newton metres of torque.
The unveiled model is a four-seater – two in the front and two in the back – with a convertible roof, giving the vehicle an attractively sporty aesthetic. As a luxury vehicle, it is critical that the Tesla Roadster looks the part, and Musk and his team have achieved this with room to spare. Those not yet entirely sold on the all-electric vehicle revolution may have their heads turned by the impressive figures racked up by the Roadster’s battery and motor, but this will come to nothing without jaw-dropping exterior and interior detailing. Fortunately, Tesla has shown that they are more than capable of providing this in spades.
An ultra-agile vehicle, with an impressive top speed and significant levels of torque, the Roadster is already pushing most of the Australian sports car fan’s buttons. But, we must not forget that the Roadster is designed to be a means of transportation, and this means practicality is a must.
Details are still scarce about the practicality of the Roadster, but the Tesla team have assured the public that this something which has been kept firmly in mind during the vehicle’s development. The Roadster is superb in many ways, but it needs to double up as a vehicle suitable for everyday use – ideal for heading off on holiday or for picking up the kids from school, for example. Early reports suggest a generous amount of storage space; enough to keep the brand’s many fans happy. Bear in mind, this is no people carrier, but most users should find what the Roadster offers to be sufficient, according to the team behind the exciting new vehicle.
A Vehicle Worth Waiting For
Unfortunately, we were never going to be delivered all this goodness without there being a downside or two to consider. So far, the car is looking as impressive as expected, even going beyond this in several key areas. The catch is that the finished article is still some distance away from our dealerships, roads, and driveways.
The unveiling may have come roughly a decade after the original launch, but the timer will have ticked beyond twelve years by the time the new Tesla Roadster achieves its release for the 2020 model year, assuming there are no hold-ups along the way.
But, as they say, good things come to those who wait, and the new Tesla Roadster looks like it is going to be an excellent thing indeed!