Will 2021 be the year?
The refreshed 2021 Tesla Model S and Model X aren't the only vehicles from the EV carmaker to feature that weird, if not outright completely unnecessary, steering yoke. Does anyone remember the second-generation Tesla Roadster? Of course you do, but since the concept was revealed back in November 2017, its production start date has been pushed back more than once, despite the fact Tesla immediately began accepting $50,000 deposits. And now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed another delay. Musk was asked on Twitter the other day about the new Roadster's status and his reply was straightforward:
"Finishing engineering this year, production starts next year. Aiming to have release candidate design drivable late summer. Tri-motor drive system & advanced battery work were important precursors."
Should it now officially be the 2022 Roadster? Let's hope Tesla can stick to this timetable. Last spring, Musk admitted the second-generation Roadster wasn't ready yet because the development of its tri-motor system and battery tech wasn't ready yet. It's understandable why Tesla wants to get everything right here.
The new Roadster is expected to be a supercar killer with amazing performance capabilities with a 0-60 mph time of less than 2 seconds, a quarter-mile sprint time of under 9 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 250 mph. Musk also said the vehicle can travel 620 miles on a single charge.
With figures like those, it's no surprise some customers quickly handed over $50k for a "Founder's Edition" priced at $250,000. The "regular" Roadster will begin at $200,000. But if you can't wait until sometime in 2022 for a high-performance Tesla, then you can already place an order for the just-revealed 2021 Model S Plaid+ edition, which will arrive this spring.
Priced at $132,990, the Plaid+ will also hit 60 mph in under 2 seconds, a top speed of 200 mph, and a 520-mile range on a single charge.