Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently unveiled the Tesla Mini electric truck in a press event, but the new Tesla Roadster stole the show.
The Tesla Mini offers a 500-mile range on a single charge, with a speed of 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5 seconds and in 20 seconds if carrying its maximum load of 80,000 pounds. While the electric truck has the potential to change the logistics industry, the new Tesla Roadster gained a lot of attention because of Musk's claim that it would be the fastest production car ever made.
The New Tesla Roadster: The Fastest Production Car In History
At the end of the presentation for the Tesla Semi, the electric truck's rear cargo door opened and revealed a new version of the Tesla Roadster, the first vehicle that was produced by Tesla.
"People asked us for a long time, 'when are you going to make a new Roadster?'" Musk said. "We're making it now."
The new Tesla Roadster can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and 0 to 100 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 8.8 seconds. According to Musk, all these are world records, making the new Tesla Roadster the fastest production car ever built.
The new Tesla Roadster also has a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour, and a range of 620 miles on a single charge.
There will be two models for the new Tesla Roadster. The Founders Series model, which will cost $250,000, will be limited to the first 1,000 units of the new Tesla Roadster. The regular version of the electric supercar, meanwhile, will cost $200,000.
Will The New Tesla Roadster Arrive On Time?
The question on everyone's minds when the new Tesla Roadster sped onto the stage was whether it will really be available on its expected release date of 2020.
Customers who can afford to pay its hefty price tag will expect the highest quality and no delays. From now until manufacturing starts for the new Tesla Roadster, the company will have to address the issues that have resulted in the Tesla Model 3 production delay.
In any case, whether the new Tesla Roadster arrives on time or not, Tesla is already raking in the cash. Companies such as Walmart have already sent in $5,000 preorder payments for the Tesla Mini, and Tesla is already taking preorders for the new Tesla Roadster. The Founders Series requires a $5,000 down payment and the remaining $245,000 within 10 days, while the regular version requires a $5,000 down payment and a follow-up $45,000 within 10 days.
The money will help a lot as Tesla figures out how to ramp up Model 3 production.