The original Tesla Roadster Interior played a crucial role in establishing the electric automaker, even if it’s somewhat overshadowed by the more popular Model S and Model X. Initially expected to return in 2021, the new model has faced delays, pushing its market release.
Tesla Roadster Interior Overview
The second-generation Roadster improves upon its predecessor by introducing two small rear seats, a significantly extended driving range, and a heightened level of performance. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, touted impressive specifications like a 1.9-second 60-mph acceleration time and a top speed of 250 mph when the Roadster concept was unveiled in 2017. These figures are eagerly anticipated to hold true when this sports car eventually makes its way to the market.
What’s New for 2023?
The Roadster is set to be a new addition to the Tesla lineup, marking the revival of the nameplate from the company’s first model in 2008. Initially announced as a 2021 model, there has been no recent information, leading to speculation of a delay in the Roadster’s production.
Pricing and Which One to Buy:
The anticipated starting price for the 2026 Tesla Roadster is around $200,000, with the possibility of reaching $250,000 depending on the chosen trim and options.
- Base: $200,000 (estimated)
- Founder’s Edition: $250,000 (estimated)
Tesla has stated that the base Roadster will be priced at $200,000, and a limited-edition Founder’s Series will be available for an additional $50,000. While specific differentiators between the two versions are yet to be disclosed, it’s known that only 1000 units of the Founder’s Series will be produced.
For enthusiasts or collectors, the extra cost might be justifiable; otherwise, opting for the base model could be a sensible choice. As more information about standard and optional features becomes available, this story will be updated accordingly.
Performance, Power, and Motor of an EV
The new Tesla Roadster, revealed as a concept in November 2017, boasts extraordinary performance figures according to Elon Musk. The projected specifications include a jaw-dropping 60-mph time of 1.9 seconds, a top speed exceeding 250 mph, and a quarter-mile time of just 8.8 seconds.
To put this into perspective, if the 60-mph time proves accurate, the Roadster would be a full second quicker than its primary rival, the gasoline-powered McLaren 570S.
Elon Musk also announced during the unveiling that the Roadster will feature standard all-wheel drive. This choice aligns with Tesla’s approach in their mainstream EV models, which utilize two electric motors (one at the front and one at the rear) to drive all four wheels.
This setup is anticipated to provide the Roadster with impressive performance and traction capabilities.
Battery Life, Charging Time, and Range:
The Tesla Roadster is equipped with a 200-kWh battery, purportedly providing an impressive range of up to 620 miles. However, achieving this maximum range may be feasible only under very light usage conditions, as engaging in high-performance activities such as track racing is likely to significantly reduce this estimate.
Fuel Efficiency and Actual MPGe:
As of now, the EPA has not disclosed the Roadster’s fuel economy ratings, but this information is expected to become available closer to the car’s on-sale date. When the opportunity arises to test the new Roadster, performance will be assessed using a 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, and the results will be reported accordingly.
Cargo, comfort, and Tesla Roadster Interior:
Presently, the Roadster remains a concept, and it’s common for concepts to undergo significant changes during their transition into production models.
The current concept showcases a removable glass-panel roof, which can be stowed in the trunk. With four seats, the rear ones appear potentially cramped for adults due to the Roadster’s sharply angled roofline.
Expectations include Tesla’s recognizable minimalist interior design being featured in the final production model.