Tesla unveils ‘world’s quickest’ car

Email to a Friend

In what had been billed as its introduction of an electric semitractor truck, Tesla Motors pulled a fast one.

At the end of the long-anticipated truck introduction, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new Roadster. Tesla’s first vehicle was the original Roadster, which was introduced in 2006 and discontinued in 2011, so Tesla could concentrate on the mainstream Model S.

The new Roadster, which Musk says will be available in 2020, is a beast. Tesla says it will go from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, which Musk said is a record for a production vehicle. He didn’t give a top speed, but Tesla says it’s above 250 mph.

Furthermore, the 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack that will connect with three motors—one in front of the car, two in back—will produce a jaw-dropping range of 620 miles before the car has to have a charge.

As if that weren’t enough, the car is a convertible and listed as a four-seater, although Musk conceded that you couldn’t put a large person in the back.

The car is available for reservation, but it isn’t for mainstream consumers, with a base price of $200,000 and a reservation fee of $50,000. A Founders Series model is available for $250,000, but Tesla didn’t provide details about it.