The New Tesla Roadster

Tesla has caught the rest of the world by surprise, again. Meet their new Roadster. Elon Musk crashed his own party at Tesla’s Semi event with a surprise staged to the Beastie Boys banger. First things first, it’s really fast.

The introduction of the redesigned Roadster, the first update since its launch 7 years ago, came as a complete surprise during Tesla’s launch of its first Semi truck at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport on Thursday night. The gleaming red car literally rolled out of the back of one of the Tesla Semi Truck’s cargo bays.

Musk set the tone with his first statement: The new Roadster will be the “fastest production car ever made. Period.” The car will hit 0 to 100 kph in 1.9 seconds. If true, that’s the first time any car has broken the under-two-second barrier. A 0-100 time of 1.9 seconds is faster than the LaFerrari, the Bugatti Veyron and a host of other supercars. The quarter mile time is 8.9 seconds. That’d be the first time any production car breaks nine seconds in that department. “This is what we’re achieving in the prototype,” said Musk, hinting that even more barriers could fall. Top speed is said to be 400 kph.

Tesla didn’t reveal horsepower or kilowatt figures, but said wheel torque is 10,000 Newton-meters, or 7,375 pound-feet. Perhaps just as impressive, this four-seat EV will have a driving range of 1000km on a single charge.

The base price for the Tesla Roadster will be $200,000. Just to reserve it will cost $50,000. Tesla will launch the Roadster with a Founder’s Series model, priced at $250,000 and limited to 1,000 examples.