Tesla promised a surprise during the unveiling event of Tesla Semi; and man people dropped their jaw! Tesla unveiled the second-generation Roadster, the fastest production car that has been ever made.
Describing it as a “smackdown” to the fossil-fuel depleting automobile industry, he created a beast with speeds of just 1.9 seconds for 0 to 60mph 4.2 seconds for 0 to 100mph, and will handle a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds.
Just as the crowd thought that Tesla was done for the day, a beam of red light zipped over the stage, the second generation Tesla Roadster shined in the dark.
“It’ll be faster than that jet over there,” Musk quipped, as an airplane soared over the exultant crowd crammed into Tesla’s Hawthorne, California facility.
Although the top speed was not revealed, yet Elon said that it will be “above 250”. The Roadster is equipped with 200 kWh battery pack and a 620 mile range per charge, or over 100 miles. Imagine driving to Los Angeles to San Francisco, and back, without recharging, Musk teased.
This is the base model of the new second generation Roadster, Musk said. It’s also a 2 by 2 four-seater, and it’s available in 2020 starting at $200,000, with the first 1,000 sold being Founder’s Series models that will retail for $250,000 apiece. Which is a steal for the fastest production car ever.
Tesla was also giving rides to anyone at the event who put down a $50,000 deposit on a purchase for when it’s available – without knowing the full price.