A little over a year ago, Tesla surprised everyone by unveiling the new generation Roadster in prototype form.
Since then, quite a few reports have claimed that the production version might be even quicker. And the new Roadster is already capable of some mind-bending performance.
According to Elon Musk’s company, the 2020 Roadster has hypercar performance: 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 1.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 2.1 sec), 0-100 mph (0-162 km/h) in 4.2 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 250 mph (402 km/h).
Tesla has announced that the base model will cost $200,000 in the U.S. (with a $50,000 reservation) and $250,000 for the Founder Series. Which may sound a lot, but considering the performance that rivals or humbles hypercars costing five (or more…) times as much, it kinda makes sense.
What’s more, all that performance doesn’t come at the expense of the driving range, as the new Roadster is capable of traveling for up to 620 miles (998 km) on a single charge courtesy of its 200 kWh battery pack.
But the Roadster is all about raw acceleration, and that’s what the following video shows. Shot last year during the unveiling event and released a few days ago by Tesla, it displays the reactions of those who experienced the sheer acceleration first hand.