2012 Tesla Roadster

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At this point, the roadster is almost more controversy than car. After coming under fire from several motoring publications, the litigious Tesla has nearly caused us to forget what the car was about in the first place. The folks at Tesla knew that the electric car would never gain the kind of popularity it needed in order to be considered a viable alternative to gasoline if the only EVs you could buy were all horrible little commuter cars. Tesla therefore built the Roadster to be an EV which people could connect with emotionally, essentially the first fun EV. It is quite a fast little car as well, too bad few people remember that part of it.

2012 Tesla Roadster Models

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5 Sport
Single Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive

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Tesla Roadster Dimensions

  • Length 155.1 in
  • Wheelbase 92.6 in
  • Height 44.4 in
  • Front Width 57.7 in
  • Rear Width 59.0 in
  • Curb Weight 2,723.0 lbs

Tesla Roadster Fuel Capacity

  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 88/90 mpg
* 2012 Tesla Roadster 2.5 Sport RWD

Interior and Cargo Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Front Head Room 36.7 in

Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

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