Place Your Order For A Tesla Roadster Now, Get A Model 3 For Free

Elon Musk does not play by the automotive industry’s rules but introduces his own whenever he decides he needs to. His Apple-like Tesla stores, which do away with conventional dealers and have caused quite a stir in the U.S., are a very good example – and his latest move is even more impressive.

In a letter addressed to customers who have expressed interest on the new Tesla Roadster, Musk is offering a free Model 3 as soon as they put down a $30,000 deposit, probably to keep them warm as the Roadster will arrive at some point in the next decade.

This is, indeed, quite a shocker, as demand for the Model 3 has been off the scales and the Silicon Valley-based automaker has been struggling to fulfill current orders. Some employees have claimed that this is due to the large part of sub-par components received by suppliers, but Tesla has dismissed those allegations.

In any case, the quality of the Model 3 is a hot issue, as some claim it’s an issue while others have been more than satisfied with it. Which might, or might not, indicate an inconsistency in the automaker’s quality control.

Although it’s too early to talk about the pricing of the Roadster, it surely will be an expensive product as it’s the fastest Tesla ever, with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in under 2 seconds, which is just jaw-dropping, a top speed in excess of 250 mph (402 km/h) and a maximum range of 620 miles (1,000 km) with a single charge.

This is hypercar territory, thus we expect the Roadster to be priced accordingly. What remains to be seen is the number of people who are willing to put down such a hefty deposit for a car they won’t see any time soon, especially from a company (in)famous for its delays (the entry-level Model 3 won’t arrive until late 2018), and how Tesla will manage to deliver the Model 3 and at the same time not push back existing customers’ orders.

A tall order indeed; but, then again, Musk put his personal Roadster on orbit using his SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, so he evidently believes everything’s possible.

Update: Yes, this was an April fools’ day story

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  • LWOAP

    I’m really leaning towards the April fools route on this one. This sounds like nonsense.

    • Bo Hanan

      Tesla can’t even deliver the 3 to current customers, never mind two cars.

      • benT

        I can easily tell who are the youngsters, immature and naive on this site.

        • Moveon Libtards

          So says the Tesla fanboy who cant even muster a decent response because, well, there really is no hope left for Tesla anymore. So I guess name-calling like a 6 year old is all Tesla fanboys have left.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Tesla is a complete failure. The Model 3 is a joke because they are still hand-banging out a few copies here and there. Getting desperate at Tesla.

      • S3XY

        Oh really? Then how come when I was at Marina Del Rey delivery center 3 days ago Tesla was delivering tons of Model 3’s to customers and people were driving off in their new Model 3’s?

        • smartacus

          Oh really?
          Then how come when i was at my local store that opened up just a couple of years ago,
          they were now out of business and replaced with a used-car showroom that moved in?

      • lagunas3ca

        Interesting statement considering Tesla’s Model 3 is now the best-selling electric car in the U.S.

    • But this does also sound entirely plausible for Elon. Anything to get quick cash.

      • Status

        I think of the flame thrower/roofing torch scheme. It did make a quick buck, but at least it was delivered within a month. This doesn’t even give a hard date for Roadster production, just a promise.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Elon, the snakeoil saleman at work.

  • Bash

    IF it’s true, how really cheap the model 3 to get it for free and still making profit.

  • no25

    I mean Tesla’s stock is doing AWFUL. Maybe, this is their way of curing it. But like @bohanan:disqus said, they can’t even deliver one 3 to customers, so how could they do two cars? smh

    • Moveon Libtards

      Tesla gets the sucker’s cash, the sucker gets no cars in the future, just some hype.

      GENIUS!

    • lagunas3ca

      You shouldn’t believe everything you read because Tesla’s Model 3 is now the best-selling electric car in the U.S.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I dunno. but………are people really digging this as a sport car?

    • GobbleUp

      Several of us have a lot fo high end super cars and sports cars and are all in on this new Tesla.
      Performance of our Model S’s are incredible, cant want to see this new one. IF he can deliver it w/o going BK.

      • Mynameis Taylor

        I’m a designer, for me the aesthetics don’t do it for me. I’m sure I’ll be quick. probably fun to drive.. but nothing I’d want to see on my driveway or sit in on a regular basis.

        • GobbleUp

          Stunning looks.

          • Mynameis Taylor

            it’s not stunning. I don’t think it’s even meant to be stunning. None of the Tesla’s are stunning. It almost seems as if “bland” was deliberate. Tesla is the electric car company that doesn’t have electric car looks. It wasn’t to be mainstream. It’s so far so good. Teslas are like Camrys. bland

          • Joseph Brown

            I disagree; I think the Tesla are good looking vehicles. On the other hand, electric cars in general have been saddled with goofy looks and awkward aesthetics for a long time — the Leaf is a perfect example. Not looking like an ‘electric’ car is a big bonus.

          • Mynameis Taylor

            Yes. Not looking like an electric car is big bonus. That was my point. The teslas aren’t the typical gimmick looking electric cars. They’re decidedly bland looking, but not without some sophistication. But they’re not beautiful cars. I don’t think people buy Teslas because they’re “good looking”. They’re appealing because the tech, range and performance. Aesthetically, they’re bland looking

          • Moveon Libtards

            Dated looks and will be 10 years late.

        • S3XY

          You must be a blind designer because the Roadster is absolutely simplistically stunning.

          And it is no sports car.

          A spaceship is not in the class of a horse.

          • Mynameis Taylor

            I”m not blind. but I am entitled to my opinion. It’s decent looking but “stunning” or “beautiful” are strong adjectives that I wouldn’t describe any Tesla. Frankly, there are few cars that are stunning these days. Tesla aint one of them

    • Moveon Libtards

      Nope

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Tesla getting desperate for cash… any cash.

  • salamOOn

    yeah, april fools….

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    Tesla is a sitting duck and ze Chermans and Japanese have the rifles at the ready. The only certainty in all this is that a duck will get shot and die. The question is, when?

  • THE PRICE IS CLEARLY PRESENTED ON THE WEB SITE. AT $200K A FREE MODEL 3 AIN’T A BIG DEAL…IF THERE WERE ENOUGH TO GO AROUND.

  • smartacus

    Even if it weren’t an April Fools joke;
    i’d still avoid this widow-maker!!

    • S3XY

      Disgrace to have that avatar and not support Tesla. Go ahead and change it.

  • Galaxium

    What even is the point of making this your April Fool’s joke?

    News organizations should never try to create fake news stories, especially online ones that people share. This article wasn’t funny and it was on the fine line of being a fake news story that sounds realistic enough to be true.

    Just look at the previous comments and you can see that clearly, people couldn’t tell this was a joke.

    Don’t pull this trash act again.

    • Andreas Tsaousis

      An April Fool’s joke is successful if people buy into it. The article insults no one and it is definitely not fake news (any other day of the year it would have been, but not this one), thus labeling it a “trash act” is quite a stretch. FYI, almost all automakers have released AF stories, some of which are very obvious and some are not. Suppose the latter also pulled “trash acts” too…

    • S3XY

      Lol why you mad

  • An Existing Person

    Buy one delayed car, and recieve another delayed car.

  • Moveon Libtards

    April Fool’s, right?

    Tesla cant even produce the Model 3! Getting desperate to get rid of their cars, I guess.

    Sad…

  • BrucieBruce

    I suspect this is part of the marketing strategy given business reports on Tesla. The company may be closer to bankruptcy than many think. I’d hate to put down $30K on their newest ride only to have Tesla go bankrupt so I loose it all. Maybe the extra giveaway is an attempt to keep folks interested, and making deposits.

  • jstack6

    I’m falling for it. But the roadster is $200k and has a very small back seat so how do you take family and friends ?