And Tesla is no stranger to rule breaking.
Although Tesla’s main revenue source is set to come from the Model 3 and, in the near future, the Model Y, the EV automaker has no intention of letting go of the high-end market. Not only will Model S and Model X production continue (redesigns for both are expected in the not too distant future), but that all-new hypercar-killing Roadster is due to arrive sometime in 2020.
And speaking of which, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been rather chatty lately regarding the status of his company and new product during the Ride The Lighting podcast. For example, he provided a very clear indication as to how much the also upcoming Tesla pickup truck will cost, but also a very interesting tidbit about the Roadster. Specifically, its annual production output.
According to Musk, the plan now is to cap Roadster production at 10,000 units per year. 10,000! No other hypercar is built in quantities like that. But again, Musk has proven at times to be overly optimistic. He also claimed that no other car today can match the Roadster, specifically regarding all performance aspects and track driving.
"We’re going to do things with the new Roadster that are kind of unfair to other cars,” he said. In addition, the Roadster is "crushingly good relative to the next best gasoline sports car.”
Tesla previously released some of the specs and, well, they’re outright incredible. Zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, over a 250 mph top speed, a quarter-mile time of 8.8 seconds, 620 miles of range on a single charge, and an insane 7,400 lb-ft of torque. Now imagine 10,000 of these suckers hitting the road every year for several years. Given everything, it’s quite clear Musk intends to disrupt the hypercar business the same way he shook mainstream brands to their internal combustion engine cores.