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Tesla CEO Reveals How Quick The Upcoming Roadster Could Be

Chances are, this thing will rip faces off.

We've heard rumors that Tesla is working on a replacement for its Roadster model that will be insanely fast. In fact, this new electric sports car could have a launch control mode called "Maximum Plaid," which is a reference to the 1987 film "Spaceballs." Besides knowing that it will have amazing performance, we know little else about this upcoming model, like how much it will cost or what it will look like. Company CEO Elon Musk has been keeping the details of this car very secretive, but he dropped a speck of information on Twitter this week.

We know that the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and the Model S is a big, heavy sedan. The Roadster will be much smaller and lighter, so a sub-two second time could be possible. Sam Sheffer, a writer for Mashable took to Twitter to ask Musk "is the new Roadster gonna do 0-60 in under 2?" We are sure that Musk gets tweets like this all of the time sent his way, but in this case he actually answered. Musk replied "That would an interesting target. Would, of course, only count if capable of doing so right off the production line with street legal tires."

This may not be an all-out confirmation, but Musk's answer does give us hope that the new Roadster could break the two-second mark for 0-60. We find it interesting that Musk mentions finding street legal tires, because this could be a dig at the Dodge Demon, which requires barely street-legal drag radials to beat the 2.5-second 0-60 time of the Model S. The Dodge Demon may be the king of the drag strip for now, but we have a feeling that the new Tesla Roadster will steal the crown when it's finally revealed.

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