The first-generation Tesla Roadster enjoyed great success on the market with more than 2,400 units sold in 31 countries through September 2012. The final 15 units were sold as a special Final Edition , giving the Tesla Roadster’s initial run a suitable sendoff.
For the second generation, Tesla is promising even greater things. In an interview with AutoCar, Tesla boss, George Blankenship, said that the next Roadster will be something never seen before and will "push the envelope beyond what anybody else is doing."
According to Blankenship, the next Roadster will be considerably improved when compared to the first generation. The first Roadster went from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and offered a range of 200 miles, but the next model is promised to do even better than the 300-mile range that the Model S sedan offers.
The next Roadster will arrive in about five years, after the Model X SUV arrives in 2014 or 2015 and a 3-series-sized four-door in 2015 or 2016. We think it is safe to expect the new Roadster sometime in 2016 or 2017.
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About the first generation Tesla Roadster
The Tesla Roadster arrived on the market in 2008 and was the first electric model offered by the company.
The Roadster was powered by an electric motor with a total output of 248 horsepower and a peak torque of 211 pound-feet. The electric motor was fed by a 53 kWh battery that offers a range of up to 200 miles. In the U.S. market, it was priced at $109,000.
Gallery Tesla Roadster
Despite being an electric vehicle, Tesla Roadster offers the same performance figures of some of the greatest sports cars offered on the market.
By the time Tesla brings the second-generation Roadster onto the market, Lotus is also rumored to unveil a new generation Elise. The next Elise is rumored to be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 320 horsepower. Rumors also suggest that the Elise will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 167 mph.
Gallery Lotus Elise
If you cannot wait until the next Tesla Roadster hits the market, Detroit Electric has an answer for you in the form of its new SP:01, which it just unveiled yesterday. This model is powered by an innovative electric powertrain that can produce as much as 201 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. According to the Detroit Electric, the SP:01 will be the fastest ever production electric car with a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.