2020 Tesla Roadster
Ratings & Reliability
Tesla unveiled a re-imagined Roadster recently that is essentially a sequel to its very first vehicle but with amped-up promises for speed and performance, and a $200,000 price tag. "The point of doing this," CEO Elon Musk said, "is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars. Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche." The news comes as Musk's car company faces serious questions about its ability to mass-produce the Model 3, which has experienced delivery delays due to manufacturing issues. The announcement is also likely designed to grab some headlines, inject some cash through deposits and boost stock value. "We started Tesla with a sports car, a Roadster. So that baby got us going," Musk said. "It was the foundation of the whole company. People asked us for a long time, when are you making a new roadster? We are making it now." Potential buyers interested in reserving a Roadster can do so already at the Tesla website, with a quoted base price of $200,000. Those interested in buying one of the first 1,000 produced can lock in a spot for $250,000. If they're not looking to be in that select Founders Series group, they will still be asked for $50,000. Tesla says deliveries will begin in 2020 but take that with a grain of salt. Tesla typically delays delivery times. If achieved, Tesla's promised performance numbers would be truly impressive: From 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Going a quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds. Top speed is above 250 mph. The 200 kilowatt-hour battery pack will give the car a 620-mile range. "These numbers sound nutty, but they’re real," Musk said. If materialized, the Roadster will have all-wheel-drive and employ three motors. It will have a small rear seat and a retractable hardtop.