Even before the Tesla Model X and the Tesla Model S, it was the original Tesla Roadster that put Tesla on the map as a major electric vehicle manufacturer. The 2022 Tesla Roadster is a continuation and builds upon the original Roadster. The second generation Tesla Roadster was unveiled back in 2017 as a surprise alongside the Tesla Semi, and is now expected to start shipping in 2022.
The all-new Tesla Roadster will feature the company’s three electric motor design that allows for all-wheel drive and better handling, with one motor in the front and two in the back. The Roadster will also pack a 200kWh battery pack that should be able to provide around 620 (1,000 km) miles of range for the vehicle. Tesla claimed that the base model Roadster would be able to reach 0-60mph in just 1.9s, and be able to reach 0-100mph in 4.2s, with an overall top speed of 250mph.
However, in a recent tweet from Elon Musk, he claimed that the Tesla Roadster would be able to hit 0-60mph in only 1.1s with an additional “SpaceX Rocket Thruster” option.
Yes, with the SpaceX rocket thruster option package. It will be safe, but very intense. Probably not wise for those with a medical condition – same as a hardcore roller coaster.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2021
This figure is almost unbelievable and would position the Tesla Roadster as the fastest production car in existence. Musk claims that the use of rockets will be safe, but also very intense and be similar to the experience of riding a very hardcore roller coaster. However, we’re not too sure about the regulations and legality surrounding a rocket boosted production car.
In terms of the design, the Roadster looks clean and minimal with its aerodynamic body and fits the supercar status. The interior of the vehicle can fit four and is also supposed to feature a removable glass roof that can be stored in the trunk for what Tesla calls an “open-air, convertible” driving experience. As with Tesla, we’re sure the vehicle will be jam packed with various technology including autopilot software, and various cameras and sensors. Images from Tesla also show a much larger touchscreen that extends from the dashboard all the way down to the console.
At the time of the Tesla Roadster announcement, the base model was expected to cost around $200,000, while a special Founder’s Series would be available for $250,000 and be limited to only 1,000 units. Overall, the second generation Tesla Roadster is looking super impressive, and we’re excited for any new information closer to its release.