We have some small insights into Tesla's new two-seater.
It has been four years now since we last saw the Tesla Roadster in production. Since then, Tesla has increased its range of cars to three models. The Model S and Model X are both hits, and the company is hard at work on the more affordable Model 3. With the influx of new models, many have speculated whether Tesla would even build an updated Roadster. According to Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen, Tesla's Nordic Countries Manager, "It will look a little different, a little faster, and a little bigger." This isn't much to go off, but we do have some other details.
The new car would likely be slotted for a 2019 release, and ride on a modified version of the Model 3's platform. This means that the new car won't share components with a Lotus like the original Roadster. We don't know if the new car will keep the Roadster name, but we do know that it will be the fastest Tesla in the range. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the car will have an acceleration mode called "Maximum Plaid." This is yet another reference to the movie Spaceballs that will be even faster than "Ludicrous Mode." Tesla is hard at work on the Model 3, so we will probably have a long wait before we see a new Roadster.