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Tesla Roadster

• Tesla’s first production automobile was the Lotus Elise-based Roadster, built from 2008-12. In 2016 the company announced an all-new second generation Roadster, with production planned to start in 2022. The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric battery-powered four-seater all-wheel-drive sports car concept claimed to be in development by Tesla, Inc.

• Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that Roadster should ship in 2023. Musk said in a tweet that higher-performance trim levels will be available beyond the base specifications, including a SpaceX package which would "include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around the car" which would supposedly allow for dramatic improvements in "acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering" such as a claimed 1.1 second 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time.

Design

• The second-generation Tesla Roadster is a 2+2 coupé with a removable glass roof. It was designed by Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla's chief designer who has also been responsible for most earlier vehicles made by Tesla Motors. The Roadster has a 2+2 seating arrangement, with smaller rear seats for two passengers The Roadster has three electric motors, one in front and two at the rear, allowing for all-wheel drive, and torque vectoring during cornering.

• Tesla said that the vehicle had a 200 kWh battery, twice the capacity of the largest battery in an existing Tesla car (in the Tesla Model S or Model X Performance or Long Range Plus). Tesla has said that the Roadster will have a 1,000 km (620 miles) range on a single charge at highway speeds. Tesla stated that the torque at wheels was 10,000 N⋅m (7,400 lb⋅ft). The rear wheels are larger than the front wheels.

Performance

• It also claims a 0-60 time in less than two seconds thanks to the high output of its triple-motor (two rear, one front) system and all-wheel drive. Unlike most “roadsters,” this car won’t be a soft top but a two-door, 2+2 coupe with a removable glass roof.

• Tesla has claimed that it will be capable of 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 1.9 seconds, which would be quicker than any street legal production car as of the announcement in 2017. The Roadster is the successor to Tesla's first production car, the 2008 Roadster.

Production

• The price is expected to come in at somewhere in the low- to mid-$200,000 range. Pre-orders of the Roadster began in 2017, with a US$50,000 deposit required. Tesla owners taking part in the referral promotion program began accumulating discounts toward the purchase of a Roadster based on the number of referrals. Those reaching 55 confirmed referrals obtained a 100% rebate toward a future Roadster purchases

• The base model was expected to sell for US $200,000 but the first 1,000 to be produced, known as the Founder's Series, will be priced at $250,000. Full payment would be required to pre-order the latter vehicle.