Trying to steal a little thunder from Fisker’s introduction of the Karma , Tesla introduced a quicker version of its Roadster called the Sport. The Roadster Sport does 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, compared with 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster . Telsa says this new performance comes from a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. The Roadster Sport also has an improved suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars that Tesla will tune to the driver’s preference.
Although Tesla has only delivered 150 of the standard Roadster, it says that anyone of the 1,100 people still on the waiting list can upgrade to the Sport model. But the upgrade doesn’t come cheap. Sales of the Sport model will begin in late June at a price of $128,500, about a $28,000 jump from the standard Roadster.
Press release after the jump.
Tesla Motors Inc. began taking orders today for the Roadster Sport, a high-performance sports car based on the world’s leading all-electric, zero-emission vehicle.
The Roadster Sport does 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, compared with 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster. It comes with a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. In addition to Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires, the Roadster Sport has improved suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars that will be tuned to the driver’s preference.
The Roadster Sport starts at $128,500 in the United States and €112,000 (excluding VAT) in Europe. Deliveries begin in late June.
"This car can beat nearly anything in its price class - yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans," said Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing. "If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option."
The Roadster Sport is the first derivative of Tesla’s proprietary, patented powertrain. San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla plans to begin producing the all-electric, zero-emission Model S five-passenger sedan in 2011.
Tesla has delivered more than 150 Roadsters to customers, and about 1,100 people are on the waiting list. Customers who haven’t taken delivery may upgrade to the Roadster Sport.
"The Roadster Sport embodies Tesla’s spirit of continuous improvement," said CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. "The Roadster has been a great success, but no one at this company remains satisfied with the status quo."