Tesla is no stranger to product delays, so it should come as no surprise that the reboot of its Roadster is taking longer than expected. First announced as a prototype in 2017, the Roadster’s production timeline has been plagued by problems, and according to a new Tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, it’s going to be quite a bit longer until the new Roadster is ready for primetime.
“Finishing engineering this year, production starts next year. Aiming to have release candidate design drivable late summer. Tri-motor drive system and advanced battery work were important precursors,” Musk tweeted.
For some, it might be worth the wait. The four-seat supercar has pretty striking numbers: Tesla says to expect a 0-60-mph time of 1.9 seconds, a top speed of more than 250 mph and a 620-mile range. Also eye-popping is its price: Base versions will start at $200,000, and early adopters who snag a Founder’s Edition model will have to fork over $250,000. (Interested buyers must ante up $50,000 to reserve the Base and $250,000 to reserve the Founder’s Edition; only 1,000 reservations are available for the latter.)
All of those numbers are quite a bit extra when compared with the original Tesla Roadster, which was a Lotus-based electric two-seater that hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and started at around $110,000 with destination. Production for that model ran from 2008 to 2012.
In the meantime, the all-electric automaker has been busy with refreshes of its Model S sedan and Model X SUV for 2021. Check out the vehicles’ futuristic, minimalistic (like so minimal they’re missing a gear shifter) new cabins.
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