Tesla has remained unusually quiet about the second-generation Roadster since the car premiered in late 2017 in prototype guise.
Apart from a handful of tweets from Elon Musk regarding the all-electric supercar, Tesla hasn’t offered many updates about the car. However, the electric automaker is continuing to promote the new Roadster and has done just that with a new video posted on Instagram.
The clip seems to have been filmed back in 2017 when Tesla was shooting promotional content for the car. It shows a red Roadster making its way gingerly around a left-hand corner before the driver pins the throttle and the supercar speeds past the camera. The speed at which the car accelerates forward boggles the mind but it’s worth noting that there could be some camera trickery going on to make the vehicle seem even quicker than it really is.
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By Tesla’s estimates, the new Roadster will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 1.9 seconds, 100 mph (162 km/h) in 4.2 seconds, and continue through to a top speed exceeding 250 mph (402 km/h).
When Tesla first announced the new Roadster in 2017, it revealed that the base model would start at $200,000 in the U.S. while the limited-edition Founder Series would go for $250,000. Taking into account Tesla’s habit of adjusting prices of its models, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Roadster cost a little more when it actually reaches the production line.
However, even if Tesla increases pricing of the car by 10 per cent, it will still be much cheaper than other all-electric hypercars offering similar performance but with prices well over $1 million.