Alongside the formal unveiling of the Tesla semi truck, Tesla CEO Elon Musk delivered breaking news of what he called “a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars” in the form of a new 2020 Roadster capable of traveling 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single charge.
The prototype was driven out the back of one of the Tesla semi trucks at the event.
It will be the “fastest production car in the world – period,” Musk said, capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in a mind-numbing 1.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250+ mph.
They’re not telling anyone what the real top speed is, but the fastest production car is currently the Koenigsegg Agera RS at a blistering 284.55 mph.
That would be this beast right here, the 2017 Agera RS:
If Tesla is claiming that the 2020 Roadster is the fastest (not quickest, but that will also be true at 1.9 seconds), and we assume that to be true, then that means the Roadster could be scraping 300 mph by the time the first production batch rolls out less than three years from now.
The Tesla semi truck goes into production the year before, in 2019, and has a range of 500 miles. Acceleration peak is 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds, and even with a full load of 80,000 pounds it can hit 60 mph in 20 seconds.
But the 2020 Roadster is what Tesla needed to unveil in order to wow investors and the public at this point.
The company already faces severe production issues with the Model 3, delivering barely 15% of the 1500 deliveries it targeted for Q3.
Source: Tech Insider via YouTube