Tesla’s Next-Gen Roadster Might Do 60MPH In Under 2 Seconds

Elon Musk continues to drop hints on social media about the next-gen Tesla Roadster, and the latest sounds borderline unbelievable.

When asked whether the next-gen Roadster will do a 0-60mph in under 2 seconds, Tesla’s CEO responded by saying that this would make an interesting target.

A few months ago, Musk said that we’re still “some years away” from getting a successor to the Roadster but that didn’t stop him from also saying that the new model will be the first one to get a “Maximum Plaid” mode, which is Tesla speak for being even faster than the existing “Ludicrous” mode.

Leaving aside the obvious references to the Spaceballs movie, the next Roadster should beat the official 0-60mph time set by the Model S P100D Ludicrous at 2.5 seconds in order to justify its “Maximum Plaid” credentials.

And as Elon Musk puts it, that should count only if the new model is capable of pulling these insane kind of numbers right off the production line with street legal tires.


Rendering via Theophilus Chin, H/T To Electrek!

  • salamOOn

    hey Sam….why 2 seconds? Why not 1 second, or 0 seconds? SMH

    • Kaisuke971

      Seriously this is embarassing…

  • That Ross Chap

    If it ends up actually achieving this performance goal than this will be one of most important sports cars of recent years. That a sportscar could achieve racecar acceleration in the near future, with an electric drivetrain, would be revolutionary.

    • Kaisuke971

      Unless Michelin comes outta nowhere with an uber performant Pilot Sport Cup 3 or another big manufacturer snaps i don’t see that happening. Buy yeah if it does that’s as big of a milestone as the Veyron’s 400km/h top speed imo

      • seriously

        so a giant wagon esque space ship styled crossover can do it in 2.3 seconds but a lightweight 2 seat roadster cant do it in .4 seconds less with alot less weight and teh same power?

        • Silimarina

          No because, it’s all down to the tires at this point.Bugatti Chiron it’s at the limit of what a car with street legal tires can do.

    • This is the Question

      Yes, but can it handle? Going in a straight line is very different than going through curves.

      • rodriguez256

        I’m sure it will be able to handle. The model X does well for its size because of the position of the batteries being down low. So for a sports car like this with less weight and battery location the same should prove to handle good.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Just don’t make it look like an updated Chrysler Crossfire

    • seriously

      now this comment makes sense

    • lagunas3ca

      or SLC for that matter

  • Jay

    No thanks I’d actually like to keep my breakfast inside my belly :).

  • OdysseyTag

    Real question though is: Why?

    Tesla’s core market is clearly nowhere near racing enthusiasts nor is it trying to compete with hyper-class exotics.

    I guess boasting rights will do.

    • Status

      Bragging rights are very much half the reason Tesla exists as it is.

  • nastinupe

    As long as it doesn’t look like that picture. A Tesla sports car is so uninspiring to me, I don’t care what it can do. I guess that I’m old school but I still like to hear an engine and row my own gears. That’s what makes a sports car a sports car. You might as well just drive an Audi S8 or a Porsche Panamera Turbo otherwise.

  • Evan M

    I love the Spaceballs reference

  • gary4205

    Bullshit.

    For one thing, the grip needed is beyond that of any legit street tire.

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