Step aside, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Despite numerous delays, the second-generation Tesla Roadster is still very much happening. It's not at the top of Elon Musk's priority list because it's a niche model with a high sticker price. Making sure Tesla Model 3 and all other mainstream model production remains ongoing is what's driving sales volume and will continue to do so.
But we've been intrigued by the next Roadster ever since it was revealed back in late 2017. The following June, Musk announced the supercar and hypercar killer will have an optional SpaceX Package consisting of cold gas thrusters for enhanced maneuverability. Nothing like having rocket tech on a street-legal car. But there's another awesome benefit: improved performance.
Now, we already knew the Roadster, due next year (fingers crossed), will blast from 0 to 60 mph in about 1.9 seconds. Neither Musk nor anyone else at Tesla has provided a specific figure once the SpaceX package is added. Today, it appears we have our answer.
An individual visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum in California a few days ago snapped a few photos of the Roadster prototype currently on display and just so happened to include an image of the accompanying description. And there it was: a 0-60 mph time of 1.1 seconds, "a rate largely unprecedented among modern road cars."
To put this into some greater perspective, the also upcoming Rimac C_Two has a claimed 0-60 time of 1.85 seconds while the Lotus Evija will do the same deed in less than 3 seconds. It's not even worth comparing the Roadster to combustion-engined hypercars. There's now a very good chance the Roadster will earn the title of the world's fastest accelerating road car and we wouldn't be surprised if a majority of the 1,000 buyers opt for this package.
The base model is expected to start at around $200,000 while the Founder's Series is priced from $250,000. There's currently no price for the SpaceX Package but something tells us it'll be worth every penny.