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Tesla Roadster test drives will begin ‘towards end’ of 2019, says Elon Musk

Elon Musk recently announced via Twitter that Tesla would start offering test drives for the next-generation Roadster towards the end of next year.

Musk’s update came after Isa Yeter, a Model S owner from Turkey, asked the CEO when he could test drive the next-gen Roadster. According to the Tesla enthusiast, he is currently in CA, where he has been unsuccessfully trying to get some hands-on experience with the upcoming car. It did not take long for Musk to respond, providing a timeline on when test drives for the all-electric supercar will be available. Musk also gave an update on Tesla’s official launch in Turkey.

“Towards end of next year. Btw, planning to launch Tesla in Turkey later this year. Love your country & will be there in person for the launch,” Musk tweeted. 

Musk’s announcement was received warmly by Turkey-based Tesla owners on Twitter. A Turkey-based Tesla owners’ club even posted a lighthearted photograph, featuring a banner stating that a free Turkish kebab will be waiting for Elon Musk when he goes to the country for the launch.

The next-gen Tesla Roadster was recently featured in the company’s recently-uploaded all-hands quarterly video. During its segments in the promo clip, the next-gen Roadster’s blistering acceleration was featured. In-car footage of individuals who were fortunate enough to go on a test drive during the all-electric supercar’s debut last November were featured as well.

Apart from the next-gen Roadster’s acceleration, the promo video also provided what could very well be the clearest look at the dashboard of the upcoming electric car. As could be seen in the all-hands clip, the vehicle, or at least its prototype, has an even more minimalistic interior than the Model 3, with its portrait-oriented touchscreen sitting flush in the center console. The air vents of the supercar also appear very similar to the Model 3, running from one side of the vehicle to the other.

The next-generation Tesla Roadster, even at its prototype phase, already boasts some insane specs. According to Elon Musk, the base model of the vehicle will feature a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds, allowing the all-electric supercar to finish the quarter-mile in just 8.9 seconds. The electric car boasts a 250+ mph top speed, thanks to its three electric motors that give the vehicle an insane 10,000 Nm of torque. A 200 kWh battery pack also gives the next-gen Roadster up to 620 miles of range in a single charge.

The next-gen Tesla Roadster is expected to begin production in 2020. The base model of the vehicle is priced at $200,000, while a special Founder’s Series is offered for $250,000.

Tesla Roadster test drives will begin ‘towards end’ of 2019, says Elon Musk
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