Tesla CEO Elon Musk – who is also known for missing his own timeframe expectations from time to time – has so far admitted the new Roadster is still “some years away”.
Tesla’s first model – the Roadster – was sent to greener pastures back in 2012 and rumors about its return from automotive Valhalla have been swirling ever since. So, no reason no to talk about the latest – even though we’re basically aware that Tesla is still going to stick to its own schedule – deliver the Model 3 this month, the Tesla Semi in the fall, and the Model Y compact SUV next year. Then we should think about successors for the Model S and X, as well as the arrival of the commercial pickup truck – most likely all that before the new Roadster arrives.
But this is a long-awaited open-top sports car, and any information is good for its fans. Apparently, the new Roadster will be setting a new benchmark in the quest to prove electric cars are faster than hypercars, hitting 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in under two seconds. Bear with us – this will not be achieved with “Ludicrous” mode, but with the new factory kick-off “Maximum Plaid” mode, whatever that is. CEO Elon Musk weighed in on the report on Twitter, commenting the two-second threshold would “only count if capable of doing so right off the production line with street legal tires.”