New Tesla Roadster revealed: world's fastest-accelerating car

New two-seat Tesla Roadster electric car unveiled in surprise move, with Tesla claiming 0-60mph in 1.9sec and a 620-mile range...

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Steve Huntingford
17 Nov 2017 07:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Price from $250,000 Release date 2020 (in US)

A new Tesla Roadster has been revealed, with the electric car maker's CEO, Elon Musk, promising it will be "the fastest production car ever".

The two-seat convertible is said to accelerate from 0-60mph in 1.9sec, which would make it the first production car to break the 2.0sec barrier, plus it's claimed to hit 100mph from rest in just 4.2sec and have a top speed of more than 250mph.

In addition, the new Tesla Roadster, which is styled to look like a coupé but features a removable roof panel, is said to have a range of 620 miles on a single charge – almost 300 miles more than any electric car on sale today.

"The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said at the reveal. "Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche."

The Tesla Roadster is set to go on sale in the US in 2020, with the first examples costing $250,000, although the price will fall to $200,000 for later cars. There is no word yet on when the car will come to the UK.

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