Jay Leno Takes 2020 Tesla Roadster And Model 3 For A Spin

Tesla may be in a bit of a rough patch at the moment, but it would be unfair to deny how important the automaker has been in the rapid development and deployment of electric vehicles. If it wasn’t for Elon Musk’s unshakable belief that electric power is the future of the automobile, it’s quite likely that the industry wouldn’t be where it is at the moment.

It wasn’t always like this, however. A decade ago, the (then small) startup launched the Lotus Elise-based Tesla Roadster. While it wasn’t perfect, it showed to the world that electric vehicles could look good, be fast, and provide decent driving thrills and involvement.

Jay Leno, an owner of the original Roadster, recently took a look back at the company’s first production model before getting some seat time in the new Tesla Model 3 with company chief designer Franz Von Holzhausen riding shotgun. The clip, featured on Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC, concludes with a brief overview and test ride in the next-generation Tesla Roadster, set to be introduced for the 2020 model year.

Unveiled late last year, the new Roadster is being developed as the fastest supercar on the market and will cost $200,000. In a world of multi-million-dollar Paganis, Koenigseggs, and Bugattis, the Roadster’s promised price is undeniably ambitious.

Tesla asserts that the production model will be powered by three electric motors delivering a combined 10,000 Nm (7375 lb-ft) of torque. This promises to be enough to rocket the supercar to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a blistering 1.9 seconds and through to a top speed beyond 250 mph (402 km/h). Makes $200k look like a bargain, doesn’t it?


  • Dude

    I was excited for this video but it kinda sucked. So disappointed. They hardly talked about the car or did anything with it. And that acceleration run was almost cringey.

    The car does look amazing though. Even in videos it looks like a render.

    • brn

      I suspect the video was intended as nothing more than a teaser.

    • Maher

      This was a teaser for the upcoming tv episode.

      • Dude

        Oh. Well now I feel better about it.

  • Brent Morrison

    Since this is CAR scoops, where is the story of YouTuber star Mcskillet dead in his fiery McLaren car crash killing 2 innocent bystanders?

    • flamin hot powah

      Probably taking a bit of time to try not to seem insensitive would be my guess, wouldn’t explain other media though.

      • Mr. EP9

        Well he did drive the wrong way in traffic and killed a mother and her daughter. I wouldn’t blame anyone for having no sympathy for him.

      • Brent Morrison

        That would be immature on their part since they are always hawking stories about fast cars, really fast cars here. Apparently kids are not aware of the tragic consequences.

  • SteersUright

    Someone needs to tell Jay is Tesla, not Tesler.

    • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

      thank u…i thought i kept hearing that too

  • S3XY

    The actual video was underwhelming. Nothing new. The Roadster looked like CGI when taking off. The rims didn’t even move. Weird

    But when this comes out… game over

    • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

      Game over for who? Musk? It’ll be an utter failure if it ever gets round to actually being built. The mainstream manufacturers are catching up fast and all Elon seems to want to do is manipulate stock prices.

      • Stephen G

        Why do you think “main stream manufacturers” are working so hard to catch up with “failure”?

        • Howfarr

          Catching up in terms of the technology being commercially viable, as in profitable enough to stay in business and reliable enough to keep a good rep.

          • Stephen G

            You can’t even say those thing about General Motors.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            Many of the companies now manufacturing electric vehicles, such as Nissan (with the Leaf) and Jaguar (with the I-PACE) have a proven history of mass producing cars for a profit. Tesla continues to be a bottomless pit of craving other people’s money to keep it ticking over. It just isn’t sustainable.

            Oh, Nissan aren’t really trying that hard though are they? The Leaf was around before the Model S and is already in its second generation.

            Musk won’t even be CEO of Tesla this time next year if he continues with the market manipulation and defamation cases.

          • Stephen G

            You think Musk has sustained Tesla Inc with investor money while the company is rupturing billions of dollars in cash for the last ten years? That is totally insane! The automobiles are very profitable, sustainable and light years ahead in technology. Maybe the bottom line doesn’t show it because of something most American companies know nothing about…Reinvestment. Instead of breast feeding investors and paying out large corporate salaries and bonuses, Musk is building an empire. Are you forgetting Nissian’s brush with bankruptcy in 1999? How many times have GM, Ford & Chrysler been bailed out? Let’s discuss Jaguar’s sustainable history and how many I-Pace’s are in customers hands.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            How are they profitable? Forbes has said that Tesla has lost $6,000 on each Model 3 they’ve produced so far. You going to jump on the fan boys bandwagon and claim its because they are rolling out infrastructure? Get real! These types of losses are why Tesla isn’t sustainable.

            I’ve driven a Model S and been a passenger in a Model X. The build quality is shocking for a premium priced vehicle. Owners must think that too given the horrific complaints I’ve read on the owner’s forum.

            When Tesla actually start mass producing cars on a scale comparable to the likes of Jaguar, Nissan, Ford or even General Motors then I might start believing they’ll be a force for good. At the moment, especially with Musk at the helm, they are a joke company.

          • Stephen G

            You are delusional. Tesla as a whole is profitable. It took Nissan five years to turn a profit on the Leaf. It’s take time for a new product to be profitable. No company in history has sustained losses like that you claim Tesla is loosing for ten years before shutting down.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            Nissan was making a profit out of reasonably-built mass manufactured cars long before the Leaf. Yes, it may have taken Nissan five years with the Leaf as a product on its own to turn a profit on it, but it is now profitable. How many more decades will Tesla need before they actually turn a noticeable profit? You crazed fanboys that think Tesla is the be all and end all are the ones who are truly delusional.

          • Stephen G

            You might loose some sleep after reading this http://www.inverse.com/article/31597 -tesla-secret-profit which I believe has validity.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            I could start some random blog and claim that too. There is zero journalism in their posts. I’d rather take notice of the likes Forbes, who clearly know what they are talking about. Just go off bury your head in the sand, it’s obviously where you are most comfortable.

  • Arthur Burnside

    I have to laugh at the Tesla fans who think Tesla can do things other automakers cannot. Just the other day,
    the head of Jaguar propulsion said they are ready to produce a perfomance version of their electric I Pace SUV and it will accelerate faster than Tesla’s roadster : 1.8 seconds for 0 to 60. I will certainly poke fun at those Walter Mitty types who thought that paying Tesla $200,000 to $250,000 woud get them the “world’s fastest production car.” These folks are EV-ignorant : any automaker can produce a vehicle faster than the Tesla roadster – all that’s required is a large battery and a couple of large electric motors – just check the appropriate boxes on the parts order form and there you are. No complicated engineering required. I see that this is yet another failure by Elon Musk in his quest for an “affordable electric car.” The Model3 was supposed to be that – but the only versions Tesla can build without going bankrupt is the $78,000 performance version. Tesla, pure fraud.

    • Stephen G

      You are right…you should buy the $58 million Bugatti Divo instead! That’ll show ’em!

      • Finkployd

        I think it’s 5.8m$ though

  • Honda NSX-R

    Teslas suck, Teslers are way better!

  • SAOL

    Error in the description: it can produce 10.000 Nm of WHEEL torque – not motor torque. See “Engineering explained” on Youtube for explanation of Tesla’s 10.000 Nm claim.

    • Brent Morrison

      Engineering explained is more geared towards high school physics level crowd, which is what the majority of YouTube viewers are.

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