Tesla’s new Roaster will start at $200,000 USD.
Elon Musk indicated in a series of tweets that the next-generation Tesla Roadster may not be available until 2023. The automobile was supposed to be on sale in 2020, but that never happened. After all, we’re talking about Tesla, a business renowned for missing launch dates. To be fair, 2020 was also the year of the pandemic, and the impacts of the worldwide supply chain deficit are still being felt (and could be around for another couple of years).
Musk, if you recall, revealed the second generation Roadster way back in 2017 alongside its electric semi truck. Modeled after Tesla’s very first car (which itself was based on a Lotus Elise), the new Roadster ups the ante across the board.
The $200,000 sports car aims to be the quickest production car in the world, with a claimed 0-60 speed of just 1.9 seconds. It’ll also be able to hit 100 mph from a stop in just 4.2 seconds with a top speed of over 250 mph (assuming it isn’t software-limited by Tesla). If Tesla can deliver on those performance numbers, and at that price point, supercar manufacturers are going to have a lot of worried customers on their hands.
When asked for an update on the new Roadster on Twitter, Musk mentioned the nightmare that 2021 has been thus far.
Can we have an update on the Roadster now that plaid with tri motors is out.
— Aaron (@AaronS5_) September 1, 2021
Assuming there is no “mega drama” next year, however, he said the new Roadster should ship in 2023. And it might even have an option for rocket boosters.
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