New Tesla Roadster coming in 2019
Tesla\'s next Roadster will be designed entirely in-house.
Tesla Motors has discreetly announced that the next Roadster is scheduled to go on sale globally in 2019.
"There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next-generation Roadster in four years: maximum plaid," hinted the company in a press release that details the latest Model S upgrades.
Tesla's announcement suggests the next Roadster - a moniker that might not be retained - will be able to sprint from zero to 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds, a figure that will make it at least a full second faster than its predecessor. To put that time into perspective, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 performs the same task in 2.9 second, while the 700-horsepower Lamborghini Aventador takes 2.9 seconds to reach 62 mph from a stop.
Range will improve, too, and that's no small feat for the California-based car maker's research and development department. The Roadster 3.0 update that was released last December used new battery technology and improved aerodynamics to bump the convertible's maximum driving range to an impressive 400 miles in the right conditions.
The original Roadster was built on a Lotus-sourced platform and it was sold as a limited-edition model. While nothing is set in stone yet, the next Roadster is expected to ride on a platform designed in-house by Tesla and launch as a regular-production model.
More details about the next Tesla Roadster will gradually emerge in the next few months.