Honestly, the Tesla Roadster is starting to look like one of those hype stunts, a marketing exercise just as much as mood rings and magic bracelets. While the 2017 reveal was an impressive display of its capabilities, the sports car — which was originally intended as a 2021 item — is being pushed to God knows when. We’re expecting a 2023 release. But to be honest, we haven’t heard anything from Teslaso the release date may be pushed to 2024. At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla pushed it to 2025.
We find the Roadster outdated, even before it was released. Controversial, yes. but why? Elon was very good at highlighting the amazing sports car from 0 to 60 times, the insane EV range, not to mention the rocket engines. The truth is, you don’t have to wait for a $250,000 Tesla sports car to experience crazy acceleration or top speed.
There are alternatives on their way. On top of that, Tesla’s Model S Plaid is actually capable of less than two-second 0-60 deployments and a top speed of 200mph. Some Plaid models even manage to exceed official estimates. per electrica Canadian software company managed to push the Model S Plaid to 216 mph, well above the advertised top speed.
As you can tell, the Tesla Roadster’s “selling points” can be easily matched to a decent four-seat EV – unlike the Roadster’s 2+2 design – and costs nearly half the money. The irony is that Tesla makes said electric car. So why pay more for a less practical car that is just as efficient as a family sedan made by the same company?
How the Model S Plaid killed the Tesla Roadster
The regular Tesla Model S was already among the fastest cars in the world. With a 0-60 mph time of 2.4 seconds, it outperformed some of the multi-million dollar Koenigseggs and Bugattis. The S Performance, as it was previously known, came with a twin-engine setup of roughly 770 horsepower. With Tesla Model S Plaid, output increased to 1020 horsepower. This is primarily due to the presence of a third engine versus dual performance engines.
With the help of these three motors, the Model S Plaid completes from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds – 1.98 per reference – making it one of the fastest-accelerating production cars on sale today. The Plaid will go on top at 200mph (restricted by Tesla), all while managing 390 miles on a full charge. For the sake of argument, the Roadster has a suggested range of 620 miles and is expected to be much faster than the Model S Plaid — if we take Tesla word for it.
Tesla must create something unique for the upcoming ‘2023’ Roadster
The world is changing very quickly. From a technological point of view, gadgets are being moved almost every second to a level where growth and development is happening at a pace they never thought possible. The rate of innovation and introduction of modern production technologies continues to push the engineering frontier known to mankind. Things are no different in the case of cars.
Truth be told, the Tesla Roadster could easily be a tech feast. Although the brand is not known for its punctuality, they deliver most of the things they claim to be on stage. Yes, the Model S Plaid is not necessarily a direct competitor to the Roadster. And if Tesla and Musk keep their promise, we can get a cure.
Per Tesla, the optional SpaceX package—if it’s in production—could propel the Roadster to an astonishing 0-60 time of 1.1 seconds. This is a huge improvement over the Model S Plaid. The idea of pushing cold air to improve top speed, braking, and cornering is definitely a game-changer. But we’re not one hundred percent when it arrives, largely due to the regulations. If Tesla finds a way to circumvent it, this could be another version, provided the Roadster reaches production.
Will the Tesla Roadster ever make production?
In Tesla’s defense, persistent chip shortages and supply chain problems may be delaying the second generation Roadster. CEO Elon Musk had a few things to say during the Cyber Rodeo event in April 2022. He said, “Cybertruck production is coming next year (2023). We’ll be in production with Roadster and Semi. It’s all coming. This year is all about expansion, and in Next year there will be a massive wave of new products.”
But to be fair, this isn’t the first time Musk has been found to say this. Admittedly, the chip shortage frenzy was going to have a serious impact on Tesla, given how heavily reliant they are on System on Chips (SoC). So we can’t completely blame Tesla. Let’s wait to see if Musk’s latest statement is true and that we finally saw a Roadster in production avatar, at least in 2023.
Sources: Electrek, Tesla
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