Will The New Tesla Roadster Actually Hit 60 MPH In 1.9 Seconds?

If Tesla’s bold acceleration claims for the second-generation Roadster come to fruition, the electric sports car will be the quickest accelerating production car ever built.

Tesla asserts that the Roadster will hit 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and complete the quarter mile in 8.8 seconds. However, are these ambitious times even possible?

To find out, Engineering Explained set about discovering how fast a car can accelerate with street-legal production tires.

Last year, the YouTuber asserted that with current tire technology, no production car could reach 60 mph quicker than 2.05 seconds. However, in the 12 months since then, tire technology has improved and will probably continue to improve through to the Roadster’s launch, meaning a 1.9 second time isn’t an impossibility.

Another interesting take away from recent talk about the Roadster is the possibility of it using rocket technology. Elon Musk hinted at this on Twitter and theoretically, the sports car could accelerate to 60 mph in 0.01 seconds, as long as the rockets used had enough thrust.

Knowing that Tesla’s claims are possible, it’s now just up to the company to ensure the production model achieves them.


  • Nick099

    Possible? Sure.
    Tesla actually delivering a reliable, quality product??? Now that is really theoretical.

  • EyalN

    only a crook can go on stage and tell people that his car that doesn’t have the right tires and he didn’t test yet can do 0-60 in 0.30 sec and top speed of 900 mph. put it on a track next to koenigsegg and let us see what you can do and show us how much you are losing when you sell it under a million.

    • SteersUright

      Deeeeeeeep breathing, through the nose… lol. Good lord, what did Elon Musk do to you? If you dont like them, dont buy them, but to call him a crook and mean it would have you jail the heads of all other American (global actually) corporations. From faulty ignition switches that kill, to airbags that kill, to steel that isn’t strong, to diesels that pollute when we were promised they didn’t… I think there are many better targets for your misguided anger.

  • Tex

    You must have a small weenie to care about this type of acceleration or you are an old rich man expecting interns at your place with only a bathrobe on…..

  • Bo Hanan

    Dear Tesla, its time to higher car stylist. No more withering bar of soap at different stages.

    • SteersUright

      Now that I can agree with! Lol. I think Tesla and McLaren get a 2-4-1 deal at the generic auto styling studios outsourcing company.