Prepare to have your mind blown all over again.
It's been nearly two years since Tesla presented a prototype of the second-generation Roadster to the world in a surprise reveal alongside the Tesla Semi. The specifications were ambitious, to say the least, and so expectations are astronomically high for the final production model. If comments made by Tesla's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen during a recent Ride the Lightning podcast are anything to go by, the production Tesla Roadster will be epic.
According to Von Holzhausen, the new Roadster is "evolving" and "needs more time," but promises it will be "even better than what we've unveiled in every way."
Von Holzhausen didn't go into specifics but added that the new Roadster is evolving into "the ultimate vehicle." The implication, then, is that the production Tesla Roadster will be even faster than the original prototype as technology has improved since it debuted two years ago.
That seems like a very tall order, considering the Roadster prototype can hit 0-62 mph in an astonishing 1.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and a top speed of over 250 mph. It will also deliver a range of 621 miles and do the quarter mile in just 8.8 seconds.
Powering the Roadster will be a 'Plaid' three-motor powertrain, which will also be used in the Model S and Model X in the future. This is the same powertrain Tesla used in the modified Model S that is attempting to set a new Nurburgring lap record.
"It's an amazing machine. That car is like no other," said Von Holzhausen. "It showcases the ability of what an electric vehicle can do." Based on Franz's comments, we're going to have to prepare to have our minds blown all over again when the Tesla Roadster goes into production next year. Tesla is currently accepting deposits for the Roadster, which starts at $200,000.