The second-generation Tesla Roadster promises to shake up the supercar and hypercar industries with mind-boggling performance at the fraction of the cost of its rivals.
With an estimated base price around $200,000, it will cost about the same as a Lamborghini Huracan but offer performance to rival the Pininfarina Battista and Rimac C_Two hypercars. While it could prove to be the bargain of the century, not very many people can afford to spend $200,000 on a car, putting it out of reach for most customers.
With this in mind, a Twitter user decided to imagine what a more affordable Tesla Roadster could look like if it was produced as a rival to the Mazda Miata. This is the result.
A while ago I tweeted about an imaginary Tesla Roadster, about the same size and shape as a Mazda MX-5. I'm dreaming of a smaller, lighter and cheaper sports #EV than Tesla's actual proposed Roadster 2. I've created a couple of new images. Let me know what you think! pic.twitter.com/606XhtPqS3
— Lem (@LemBingley) August 11, 2019
The vehicle takes obvious design inspiration from the Model 3. Consequently, it includes a front fascia and nose section very similar to the compact sedan, but ditches the rear doors and the roof. The rear of the sports car includes taillights similar to those of the Model 3 and we happen to think the sports car looks quite nice and might have lured some buyers away from the ever-popular Miata.
Tesla would be unable to justify building an all-electric sports car of this size with a price in the mid-$20,000s to rival Mazda’s roadster anytime soon, however, but in the years to come, the electric car manufacturer may be able to slash the prices of its batteries and electric motors so much that it could build an electric sports car for the masses.