The Tesla Roadster take 2 is slowly but steadily nearing the beginning of production which, in California-based company’s typical fashion, will be pinpointed by anything but an exact date. Yet again, in their typical style, Tesla has showcased its upcoming electric sports car in Basel, Switzerland during 2018, but there’s a catch. It was only a mockup without the much-anticipated electric powertrain behind its white body panels.
The company has, however, presented a running prototype a few times now, but this doesn’t instill confidence the final product will be ready in time. Especially after all of Model 3 delivery and financial issues they’ve experienced last year. When the initial Tesla Roadster Mk2 units do finally arrive, their state-of-the-art sports car should become the fastest production vehicle money can buy.
And you’ll need plenty of it, apparently. The 2020 Tesla Roadster will cost north of $200,000 with a deposit in excess of $50,000 due within 10 days of signing a contract. The first 1,000 Founder’s Series units cost around $250,000, however, and require the entire sum up front.
The 2020 Tesla Roadster promises to deliver up to 620 miles of range on a single charge. If driven carefully, that is. Its powertrain consists of a humongous 200 kWh battery pack and three electric motors whose net power output hasn’t been revealed yet.Considering the Roadster should be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds and max out at around 250 mph given perfect conditions, its total output will likely be extreme for today’s standards.
There’s nothing left to do but sit back and wait for further news from Palo Alto. If everything goes according to plan, we have no doubts the second-generation Tesla Roadster will be one of the best 2020 sports cars around. As it’s usually the case with Tesla, however, there’s a big “if” looming over the Roadster like the Sword of Damocles ready to fall down and strike.