Since it was announced that Tesla would be bringing a *surprise* to Grand Basel, speculations that it would be the 2020 Roadster have been universal. And it seems they were correct. Pictures of a white prototype Roadster 2020 display model are now appearing across the media, and in my inbox… WhatsApp… DMs… (Thank you, kind EV spies)
And I have to admit, I’m a bit gutted I’m not there to put on my Tesla crown and fulfil my “Queen of the Roadster” duties after just driving the first gen 10,000km from the UK to Nordkapp and back.
The next generation Tesla Roadster is a successor to the 2008 model (check my DT garage) and the first production car produced by the company. Elon Musk has stated that the 2020 Roadster will be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 in just 1.9 seconds and cover 0.4km (1/4 mile) in 8.8 seconds, with a top speed of 250mph.
It’s an all-wheel drive, driven by three motors (1 up front and 2 in the back) and a battery capacity of 200kWh delivering range capabilities of 620 miles (1,000km).
The Lotus chassis is gone too, with an efficient aero-focused design (by Franz von Holzhausen) featuring a retractable panoramic sunroof, and an extra 2 seats (4 compared to 2) on the 2008 version.