Unlike the original, which was essentially a Lotus Elise that’d been converted to run on electricity, the new Roadster is 100 percent Tesla and promises performance figures unmatched in the history of street legal sports cars. Tesla claims the sleek 2+2 can accelerate to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 8.9. Both figures would beat the world’s quickest production cars by wide margins. Musk also said it has a top speed “above 250 mph” that would make it one of the fastest street legal cars ever, adding that all of the specs are based on prototypes for the base model, suggesting better numbers to come. Perhaps more impressive is how far it can go on a charge, an unprecedented 620 miles. That’s courtesy of an enormous 200 kilowatt-hour battery pack and twice the capacity of the largest available in Tesla’s current cars. A pack that size would likely weigh over a ton using current technology, but it’s possible that Tesla is developing a lighter, more energy-dense battery.
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