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Tesla unveils 2nd generation Tesla Roadster

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At Thursday’s launch of the Tesla Semi, Elon Musk promised there would be an extra surprise. And boy did he deliver. As the Beastie Boy’s sabotage was blasted out the public got their first look at the 2nd generation of the iconic Tesla Roadster.

Back in 2008 the Tesla Roadster was where it all began for the company whose name is now synonymous with electric vehicles. Since then, a range of Tesla cars have come and gone and now the company are revisiting the iconic car.

If even half of what Musk is promising comes to fruition then owners are in for a real treat. The 2nd generation Roadster will boast a 0-60 speed of just 1.9 seconds. That would make it the first sub 2 second production car ever produced. The 1/4 mile mark would be reached in just 8.9 seconds.

Presumably this will be achieved by enabling “Maximum Plaid”, the Roadster’s new acceleration mode. This follows on from Insane Mode and Ludicrous Mode seen in the Model S and Model X respectively.

While Musk remained tight lipped over The Roadster’s top speed he did confirm it would be over 250mph (400 km/h). For reference the current official Guinness World Record fastest production car is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is 257.87mph. Unofficially the Koenigsegg Agera RS hit 277.87mph and both of these benchmarks would be possible targets for the Roadster.

Range anxiety is still a real worry in the electric car world. The Roadster will come with a 200kWh battery pack giving it a range of more 621 miles (1000km) on one charge.

There are a few catches if you want to get your hands on one though. Production won’t begin until at least 2020. The full asking price is $200,000 but only a $50,000 deposit is required to reserve yours.

In his speech Musk said the point of the Tesla Roadster was to “give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars”. If the car delivers on what Musk – who it must be remembered is a fan of hyperbole – promises then that just might be the case.

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