There has been massive hype surrounding the brand new Tesla Roadster that is set to launch in 2020. With a price tag of over $200,000 there will be a “SpaceX” version which will include two SpaceX thrusters in place of the two rear seats in the vehicle. In an interview with Ride The Lighting, Musk stated that the cold air thrusters will be able to generate 3Gs of force. With that kind of power, the Tesla Roadster has a 0-60 time of 1.9 second, faster than any street legal car at the time of the announcement back in 2017.
To add more insanity to the already unbelievable car, Musk alluded that the new Tesla roadster could hover like a DeLorean. Yes, you hear it correctly. With the addition of the thrusters, technically the car could hover:
The new Roadster will actually do something like this https://t.co/fIsTAYa4x8
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019
While the above tweet could simply be a joke, it’s not something that would be impossible with the new model. If the above specs weren’t enough, the 2020 Roadster boasts a top speed of over 250+ mph with a 620 mile highway range – absolutely ridiculous!
To put things in perspective, a 2016 Koenigsegg Agera RS that is considerably one of the fastest cars around has a 0-60 time of 2.6 seconds and a price tag starting at $2 million. Elon Musk is effectively disrupting the exotic car industry with the new model as the new Tesla Roadster costs 1/10th the price of a Koenigsegg with almost half the 0-60 time.
We will end this article by mentioning the Roadster’s torque which is said to be at over 7,000 lb-ft. Again, to put this in perspective a brand new Lamborghini Aventador has 500 lb-ft of torque and a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport has 1,016 lb-ft of torque.
The new Tesla will definitely send shivers down the spines of exotic car manufacturers who will have to either catch up with the new specs or adjust their prices accordingly. After all, whether you like it or hate it if you are a speed junkie and have $200k to blow, the 2020 Tesla Roadster is the most logical choice.
As of right now you can reserve your own Tesla Roadster which should start shipping in 2020. However, don’t be surprised if production is delayed as Musk isn’t overly concerned about meeting deadlines.