In case the earlier news about Tesla improving its S model line-up with a “Ludicrous” package allowing 0-60mph acceleration in 2.8 seconds didn’t get your heart pumping. Elon Musk also hid some details in the press release regarding an upcoming Tesla Roadster model. Yes, 2.8 seconds to reach 60 mph is just way too slow and having a roof over your head while doing so is clearly passe.
“There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid.”
The original Tesla Roadster was the first vehicle the company launched back in 2006 and was essentially a modified Lotus Elise. The car had to be altered so heavily to meet Tesla’s performance and efficiency expectations, that Elon Musk later admitted that using the Elise as a base car was a mistake:
“Tesla should have designed an electric car from the ground up from the beginning… We ended up changing most of the damn car…so we thought later, why did we do that.”
Having learned from the previous incarnation, Tesla will be building the new Roadster themselves from the ground up. Having been able to achieve sport-car-level performance with their sedan package, transposing the accomplishment into a dedicated performance car is the next logical step. So building this vehicle makes a lot of sense, to us.
This all adds up to a very impressive and deep product lineup for the company. With the soon to be released Model X SUV and upcoming lower cost Model 3 in 2017, the Roadster will round out an impressive fleet of vehicles aimed at multiple markets. With all those models, Tesla should have no problem fully joining the automotive mainstream.
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