• Big Surprise: New Tesla Roadster Delayed Until At Least 2022

Delays are slowly but surely becoming a part of Tesla’s business model

Tesla had another moment of internet glory and hype as the Interwebs were filled with interior renders of the revised Model S and Model X. Specifically, it was the yoke-style steering wheel that caught everyone’s attention, even though it might not make it into production.

However, not everything is milk and sugar for the EV maker and its fan/customer base as the Roadster has been hit with a delay.

Big Surprise: New Tesla Roadster Delayed Until At Least 2022
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According to Inside EVs, Tesla will finish engineering the Roadster this year and production would only commence in 2022. The outlet quotes a response by Elon Musk on Twitter, who, when asked “what happened to the roadster?”, replied with “finishing engineering this year, production starts next year. Aiming to have release candidate design drivable late summer. Tri-motor drive system & advanced battery work were important precursors.”

The full thread is embedded below:

While we are not surprised by the delay itself given Tesla’s rap sheet, it is understandable that the carmaker wants to come up with an issue-free Roadster. After all, this is the nameplate that introduced Tesla to the car world and while it tends to be forgotten amid today’s SEXY + Cybertruck range, it still weighs heavy in the manufacturer’s history.

Big Surprise: New Tesla Roadster Delayed Until At Least 2022
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Just like the model before it, the new $200,000 Roadster is set to put Tesla on the performance map, too. Unlike its other vehicle, the Roadster is developed as an out-and-out sports car. We saw a prototype back in 2017 and around the same time Musk came out trumpeting mind-boggling specs, such as a 0-60 mph sprint doable in 1.9 seconds, 8.8-second quarter mile run, and a top speed of over 250 mph.

Elsewhere, the Roadster is not the only upcoming Tesla plagued by delays. According to Electrek, Elon Musk said during Tesla’s Q4 2020 earnings call that “if we [Tesla] get lucky, we’ll be able to do a few deliveries toward the end of this year, but I expect volume productions to begin in 2022.” This comes in the wake of Musk admitting that building the Cybertruck would pose challenges and ask for new manufacturing methods.

Big Surprise: New Tesla Roadster Delayed Until At Least 2022
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Without any more details on the topic, we expect both the Roadster and the Cybertruck to arrive in 2022. Otherwise, Tesla might have to deal with a bunch of frustrated, if not angry customers.

Tesla Roadster 2.0 Performance
0-to-60 mph 1.9 seconds
0-to-100 mph 4.2 seconds
Quarter mile 8.9 seconds
Top speed 250+ mph
Range per charge 620 miles
Battery pack 200 kWh
Electric motors 3 (one in front, two in rear)
Torque 10,000 Nm
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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