Now do you believe the new Tesla Roadster is frighteningly fast?
Zero-62 mph in 1.9 seconds. A top speed of over 250 mph. An electric range of 600 miles. These are the staggering specifications of what is now being hailed as the world’s fastest production car. We’re talking, of course, about the new Tesla Roadster, which made its surprise debut alongside the Tesla Semi truck. We’re still picking our jaws up from the floor after reading those specifications – but you don’t have to just take Tesla’s word for it.
Unlike the Devel Sixteen hypercar that we saw in Dubai this week, Tesla brought a working prototype of the new 2020 Roadster to the event, showcasing its mind-blowing performance to the public. At the event, Tesla invited people to experience the Roadster’s astonishing acceleration first-hand in Maximum Plaid mode.
Both Dragtimes and Eletrek have uploaded videos of the Roadster's acceleration being demonstrated. Their stunned reactions say it all as the Roadster reaches 0-62 mph practically in the blink of an eye. It isn’t clear whether it sprinted faster than a Bugatti Chiron during the demonstrations as Tesla claim, but it’s clearly still frighteningly fast.
This is made possible by a 200 kWh battery pack and three electric motors that deliver 7,375 lb-ft of torque. Tesla also claims the car can blitz the quarter mile in 8.8 seconds and reach 100 mph from a standstill in just 4.2 seconds. That performance comes with a steep asking cost though, as prices for the new Tesla Roadster will start at $200,000 when it goes on sale in 2020. Let’s just hope it doesn’t suffer the same production setbacks as the Model 3.