Tesla’s recently-released all-hands quarterly promo video highlighted some of the company’s upcoming and ongoing projects, including Tesla’s next-gen Roadster, which was seen showcasing its blistering, unreal acceleration once more.
As could be seen in Tesla’s all-hands quarterly video, the next-generation Roadster is a true beast. The vehicle showed up twice in the clip — one showing off its acceleration on the road, and another revealing reactions from passengers who were fortunate enough to experience the electric car’s “Maximum Plaid” launches during the next-gen Roadster’s unveiling back in November.
The video also provided what could very well be the clearest look at the interior of the electric car from the driver’s point-of-view to date. While there is a good chance that the design elements of the prototype’s dashboard will be changed for the car’s production version, there is a good chance that the next-gen Roadster will give its drivers an unobstructed, commanding view of the road.
From what could be seen in the cameo, the dash of the all-electric supercar is even cleaner than the Model 3, with its portrait-oriented touchscreen being flush into the center console. A similar Model 3-esque air vent that runs from one side of the car to the other also appears to be visible.
Once it reaches production, Tesla’s next-gen Roadster is expected to be one of, if not the quickest, production car in the market. During its unveiling, Elon Musk stated that the point of making the electric supercar is to give a “hardcore smackdown” to gasoline-powered vehicles. Following is a brief overview of the next-gen Roadster’s specs.
- 0-60 mph: 1.9 seconds (before upgrades)
- 1/4 mile: 8.9 seconds (first time any production car has broken 9 seconds in 1/4 mile)
- Power: 10,000 nm Torque
- Range: 620 miles (998 kilometers)
- Battery size: 200 kWh
- Top speed: 250+ mph
- Production timeline: 2020
- Drivetrain: 3 electric motors
- Seating: 4 passengers in a 2+2 configuration
- Amenities: removable roof
While the specs of the next-gen Roadster that Elon Musk revealed during its unveiling are already ludicrous, the CEO stated that the figures he quoted were only true for the all-electric supercar’s base model. Considering that the next-gen Roadster is expected to have a variety of variants, including one with a “special option package” that can take the car’s performance “to the next level,” the electric supercar’s top-tier version would likely surpass even the world’s best and most exclusive hypercars.
Sightings of the upcoming vehicle have been reported since the electric supercar was unveiled. Last February, the next-gen Roadster was spotted in Tesla’s Fremont factory test track, where it was seen launching from a dead stop. Unlike its Maximum Plaid launches during its debut, however, the February sighting featured the electric supercar accelerating in a more restrained manner.
Watch Tesla’s latest all-hands quarterly promo video below.