US company Tesla unveiled a highly impressive all-new version of its Roadster on Thursday 16 November.
California-based manufacturer Tesla, with the charismatic Elon Musk at the helm, has presented a second version of its Roadster. The elegant four-seater coupé has a number of exceptional new characteristics, including a mode entitled "Plaid" which enables the car to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.9 seconds, making it the fastest car in the world.
"The fastest car ever built"
"The new Tesla Roadster will be the fastest car ever built, end of story," said Musk at the unveiling of the new model. "It’s the first time that a car is going under the two-second barrier, and it’ll be the quickest to reach the 160km/h mark, in 4.2 seconds."
The second-generation Roadster has also apparently beaten the nine-second record for the legendary American quarter-mile.
This highly impressive and futuristic vehicle has sequential transmission and has been built around a new block which houses three electric engines (two in the rear, one at the front), and can reach a top speed of 400 km/h, putting it in the same class as the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, and the Koenigsegg Agera R. It also boasts an incredible torque of 10,000 Nm!
Its range is also not far off the 1,000-km mark thanks to an ultra-fast-charging 250 kWh battery, which is twice the capacity of the one fitted on the Tesla Model S and X. It also has a glass targa top that is retractable and can be stored in the boot.
A price to match its performance levels
This new jewel in Tesla’s crown will likely bag another record – that of price. It will set you back around 200,000 US dollars – nearly 169,000 euros – just for the entry-level model, while another 50,000 dollars will get you the special edition "Founder’s Series" Roadster.
As was the case for its Model 3, this Tesla can be ordered over the web by paying a deposit. Those opting for the launch version of the "Founder’s Series" will also have to put down 4,000 euros, then pay a further €211,000 within 10 days. Delivery of the vehicle, with 1,000 being available at launch, is slated for 2020.
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