In November 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be producing a second-generation Tesla Roadster.

The EV sports car was set to enter production during 2020. In May of 2019, Musk announced that the Roadster won’t enter production before 2022.  

Musk also stated that the sports car likely won’t be coming out until after the launch of the Cybertruck and the Semi. 

Here is an overview of everything that is known about the Roadster so far.  

Tesla Roadster: History

The next-generation Roadster will be the natural successor to Tesla’s first-ever car, the first-generation Roadster

The original Roadster was based on the chassis of a Lotus Elise. It was capable of going from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. It also had a range of 320 kilometers (around 196 miles) per single charge.  

The vehicle was assembled in two locations: Hethel, United Kingdom and Menlo Park, California. 

According to SEC documents, around 2,450 Roadsters were delivered in over 30 countries.  

From a commercial standpoint, Tesla did not have the financial resources to mass-produce the vehicle. The Roadster was thus produced only from 2008 until 2012. 

Musk initially teased a potential new Roadster in 2014. In an interview Musk stated that the Roadster is set to return without a Lotus chassis. 

In 2020, Musk announced that Tesla will build the Roadster at the Fremont plant. Musk also stated that production will start in mid-to-late 2021. 

Tesla Roadster Speficifications 

Design

The second-generation Roadster was designed by Tesla’s Chief Designer, Franz von Holzhausen

The EV is a 2+2 coupé with a removable glass panel roof. The rear seats will have smaller sizes than the front seats. 

The vehicle’s door handles are entirely electronic. The driver must swipe down the sensors in order for the doors to open.

The Roadster’s steering wheel has a futuristic, butterfly-style design. It also has very little grip space on it. 

For the dashboard, Tesla opted for a minimalistic approach, with a central touch panel positioned in a traditional portrait orientation.

Battery Consumption and Powertrain 

The Roadster will be using three electric motors, one in the front and two in the back. This will give it an all-wheel-drive capability. This will also allow for torque vectoring during cornering.  

The Roadster is expected to house a 200 kWh battery, twice the capacity of the largest battery in the existing Tesla car, the Model S P100D.

Tesla Roadster: Range

The Roadster will have a range of 1,000 kilometers (around 621 miles) per single charge. 

According to the EV database, the Roadster could have several range estimations, since weather conditions can affect battery consumption. 

For instance, in the city during cold weather, the vehicle may have a real range of 970 kilometers. On the other hand, during mild conditions, the real range could climb up to 1405 kilometers. 

Tesla Roadster: Pricing

The vehicle was initially expected to retail for $200,000 USD as a base model. Customers were also required to pay a $50,000 down payment in order to purchase the vehicle.. Tesla, however, recently shared price updates on its website. The Roadster is now retailing at a $257,000 base price. Regarding reservations, customers will now have to pay a $64,000 down payment.  

A special “Founders Series” model, limited to just 1,000 cars, was initially priced at $250,000. As per the recent updates, the Founder Series model is still limited to 1,000 units. But they are now priced at $322,000. 

Production Volume

Tesla is reportedly keeping low-volume production levels. In 2019, Musk stated that production output will probably be capped at 10,000 units per year.