Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the automaker could build as many as 10,000 examples of the all-new Roadster each year.
During a recent podcast, as reported by Teslarati, Musk spoke about the upcoming electric supercar, revealing it will offer performance that will better rivals from well-established manufacturers.
The outspoken, and controversial, exec commented that “it will outperform Ferraris, Lamborghinis and McLarens” and promised that “we’re going to do things with the new Roadster that are kind of unfair to other cars. (It’s) crushingly good relative to the next best gasoline sports car.”
We’ve known since the new Roadster was revealed as a prototype 18 months ago that it would be extraordinarily fast, with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration in under 2 seconds and a top speed exceeding 250 mph (402 km/h).
The Roadster will go on sale from approximately $200,000; in the age of multi-million-dollar petrol and electric hypercars this is, comparatively, very cheap for that kind of performance. However, $200,000 is still a lot of money and there’s only a finite number of people willing to spend that much on a car. Porsche sold roughly 35,000 911s worldwide last year, but prices for it start at a touch over $100,000. The German brand also has a much more established presence in a larger number of countries than Tesla.
Apparently, Musk is quite confident the performance offered by the Roadster will win customers over. And if Tesla delivers on its promises, there’s a good chance his faith is anything but misplaced.