Watch people in the passenger seat of a Tesla Roadster scream as the car goes from zero to sixty in less than two seconds.
We’ve seen the Model X P100D drag race several times, so we already know that Tesla can produce a fast vehicle even when they really want to. But the Model X is a big, hulking SUV that was never designed for extreme speed. Just imagine what Tesla can do without needing to carry around 5,500 lbs of metal.
Well, we don’t have to imagine. Tesla is making an electric supercar that will apparently rival the best cars from around the globe, and they’re giving people free rides to judge their reaction.
Judging by Tesla’s advertised performance specs, it’s not hard to imagine what those reactions would be. Tesla says the Roadster can go from zero to sixty in just 1.9 seconds--faster than almost every other production car on the road. Top speed is supposedly over 250 mph, which puts it in the same category as the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Regera.
Quarter mile time is just 8.8 seconds (fast than a speeding Demon), with a range of over 600 miles on a single battery charge (although probably not while running sub-9-second quarter-mile times).
And the Roadster can do all that with the top down, too.
As you can see, going from zero to 60 in less time than it takes to spill a cup of coffee is truly astounding. A lot of “oh my god” and “holy sh*t”, followed up by “it’s insane” from one gentleman at the end.
Perhaps most astounding will be the price. Starting at just $200,000, the Roadster will offer hypercar levels of performance at the price of an entry-level McLaren. And you’ll still be able to travel further than most supercars can go on a single tank of gas.
It all sounds a little hard to believe, but Tesla promises it’ll be here by 2020 for us to find out.