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I think most buyers of Model X and Model S don’t remember the original Tesla Roadster put the all-electric automaker on the map. Originally slated for a 2021 return, the new model has yet to hit the market, which we believe has led to the delay. The second-generation Roadster bests its predecessor by adding two smaller rear seats, a significantly longer driving range, and a much higher level of performance. Tesla CEO Elon Musk boasted a 1.9-second 60-mph time and a 250-mph top speed when the Roadster concept was unveiled back in 2017—figures we’re very hopeful about. That will be proven true when this sports car finally arrives.
What’s New for 2023?
The Roadster will be a new addition to the Tesla lineup when it finally enters production, resurrecting the nameplate worn by the company’s first model in 2008.Tesla originally announced the sports car as a 2021 model, but we haven’t heard anything since then, so we expect the roadster to be delayed.
- Base $200,000 (est)
- Founder’s Edition $250,000 (est)
However the Tesla CEO Elon Musk later confirmed that the Roadster is scheduled to enter the production in 2023 after the launch of the Cybertruck. The continued delay will be a kick in the teeth for those who put down $50,000 to reserve a car originally priced at $200,000 for the base model.May 25, 2022
For Advance Booking or Reservation
The Brand New Roadster reservations require an initial $5,000 credit card payment, plus a $45,000 wire transfer payment due in 10 days. The company said reservations are not final until the wire transfer payment is received.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The 200-kWh battery is said to provide up to 620 miles of range, but of course, that number can only be achieved under very light use. Hitting the track for a few flat-out hot laps will reduce that estimate considerably.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
The EPA hasn’t released its ratings for the Roadster’s fuel economy, but those details are sure to come out closer to the car’s on-sale date. We hope to get a chance to test the new roadster. If/when we do, we’ll put it through our 75 mph highway fuel economy test and report the results here.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
For now, the Roadster is just a concept, and typically, concepts quickly turn into production models during their development. As shown, the roadster concept has a removable glass panel roof, which you can store in the trunk. It seats four, but given the roadster’s dramatically angled roofline, the rear ones look like they won’t fit adults. Also, we expect Tesla’s signature minimalist interior design to be repeated here.
Infotainment and Connectivity
In the concept design, a large touchscreen extends from the top of the dash to the center console, with cubbies for storage underneath. There is no vehicle in Tesla’s lineup that offers services such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Amazon Alexa compatibility, and we don’t expect that to change with the Roadster. In fact, if the infotainment system in the Model 3 sedan is any indication of what we’ll see in this car, buyers shouldn’t expect to find AM radio or SiriusXM in this car. We think it’s likely that Tesla will offer an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, Spotify integration, and a host of visual entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube to keep drivers entertained while they park and charge.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Because the Roadster is still just a concept, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) haven’t had a chance to crash test it. We expect Tesla to offer all of its latest and greatest driver assistance technology on the Roadster, including its popular Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency brakes with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning, with lane-keeping assist
- Also Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
- Limited Warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles.
- Powertrain warranty covers eight years, regardless of miles.
- There is no complimentary scheduled maintenance