Tesla Could Build Up To 10,000 Roadsters Per Year, Says Elon Musk

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.”

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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.

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  • GS27

    If Elon Musk spent even a fraction of his time actually working rather than giving interviews and making unrealistic promises, Tesla could maybe function as an actual company instead of being a full-on ponzi scheme running off fumes from selling carbon tax credits to GM and Fiat.

    • Finkployd

      🙄Please

    • GIVE IT A REST.

    • TheBelltower

      “…spent even a fraction of his time actually working rather than giving interviews and making unrealistic promises…”

      Were you born yesterday? That’s precisely what the auto industry does. VW has been teasing the world with the Minibus since 1998. Since the 80s, Cadillac and Lincoln have been promising to revive their heydays from a half century ago. Toyota has been promising to build cars with “emotion” for at least two decades. The auto industry promises everything, then backpedals, and reverts to what they do best. Which, for legacy brands, is mostly tractor-based technology. Elon has delivered on every product that he’s promised. Albeit a bit later that he promised.

      • Ben

        Yes, but they’re in the lab, researching and developing it. They then put together a model and show us their design philosophy. Vehicles that come after are usually influenced by those designs and innovative choices.

        Elon is tweeting trash talk sometimes.

        • TheBelltower

          It would be nice if Elon spent a little less time on Twitter.

    • Julien Lachemoi

      He is known for working like a madman spending close to 2/3 of his time at work.

      • CarlK

        Yes he said he’s hoping he could ONLY work for 100 hours a week by next year.

  • Mr. EP9

    Of course they can. I’ll believe it when I see the sales figures and I mean actual figures, not estimates.

  • SteersUright

    Can build a million of them, doesn’t mean he’ll sell them.

  • Harry_Wild

    Nobody wants a fast sport car theses days anyways! Look at the crossover craze!

    • SO YOU DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF GOING 0-60 IN LESS THAN 2 SECONDS?

      BOY, THINGS HAVE SURE CHANGED IN THE CAR ENTHUSIAST WORLD WHERE PEOPLE ARE ROUTING FOR FAMILY HAULERS OVER SHARP FAST CARS.

  • EyalN

    Elon Musk is real nuts.
    he should be the next president

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    well the Dogde Viper didn`t sell well, the new Acura Nsx is strugling, ferrari and lamborghini have limited production of max 7-10000 cars a year, bentley and aston martin are handbuild so they are not building big number, so yeah tesla can build 10000 cars a year but i does`t meen it will be a future classic.

    • WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE A CLASSIC? CARS ARE MEANT TO BE DRIVEN NOT MOTHBALLED AND FLIPPED.

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