Tesla has announced a second generation fully-electric Roadster is on its way, arriving as a spiritual successor to the EV maker’s very first model.
The new Roadster isn’t about nostalgia though, with serious performance credentials promised, including claims that the new Roadster will be the world’s fastest accelerating car.
The folding electric targa-roofed 2+2 was included as something of a surprise at Tesla's reveal of its new heavy-haulage truck
Tesla founder and CEO, Elon Musk, claimed the convertible will enter production by 2020, joining the Model S sedan, Model X SUV and the troubled Model 3 small car.
He said the car will have a 200kWh battery that offers more than a 1000km driving range between charges and be able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in under two seconds, cover the quarter mile (400m) in 8.9 seconds and top out at over 250mph, making it the fastest accelerating car in the world.
Little more detail was provided at the launch, but Musk said the car on display was "just a base model" with three electric motors offering more than 1000Nm of torque.
He also said it will offer enough storage space to be practical for long-distance driving even with the electric folding roof open.
"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 are going to build another Roadster, and I can confirm that we are doing it now."
The big-talking boss claimed "this is a hard core smack down to gasoline cars" and that a current sports car will feel like "driving a steam engine with a side of quiche" when the Roadster hits the streets.
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