Tesla’s Musk Reveals Second-Gen Roadster Supercar for 2020
Tesla Inc., the innovative California start-up that builds Model S, X and new Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs), took the wraps off a stealth Roadster at the recent reveal of Tesla’s new, all-electric semi truck. The game-changing electric Tesla Semi Class 8 hauler, which also contained the surprise supercar, has a reported all-electric range of 500 miles. Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, claims the new second-generation 4-seat roadster, which arrives in 2020, will be the world’s fastest production car. Tesla’s first-generation electric Roadster was marketed from 2008-2012.
Despite a host of financial and production struggles, Tesla magically attracted attention with the all-wheel-drive Roadster rolling out of its new electric semi trailer in a cloud of stage smoke at a news event held in a hangar at Hawthorne Municipal Airport near Los Angeles and near Musk’s SpaceX headquarters.
Reservations for the new Tesla Roadster are available now for $5,000 with a $50,000 deposit due in 10 days for a sports car that debuts in three years. Tesla’s halo Roadster will have a suggested price in the realm of $200,000, according to the website. Enthusiasts and well-heeled consumers can sign up for one of a limited edition of Founders Series of 1,000 supercars that requires an upfront full payment of $250,000.
The new car, which seats 4 and will feature a removable glass roof that stores in the trunk, will step up from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, Tesla claims. Top speed for this electronic “Meister Car” is at least 250 mph, the automaker says—faster than the takeoff speed of a commercial jet aircraft. It will travel from 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds and can steal a quarter mile straightaway in 8.8 seconds. Tesla also claims that the electric supercar will boast a driving distance of 620 miles before recharging Lithium-ion batteries. This is a car of fantasies and it’s just three years away.
Meanwhile, Tesla continues to grapple with production setbacks for its near mass-market Model 3 compact EV that has an MSRP of $35,000. Tesla produced 260 copies through September and needs to fill more than 140,000 advance orders, according to media reports.