Revealed as a surprise alongside Tesla’s new truck, the Tesla Roadster which is expected to hit the roads come 2020 is set to wipe out all its petrol-powered competition with a 0 to 100 km/h time that’s quicker than two blinks of an eye.
The four-seater sports car is said to have 10,000 Nm of torque from three motors where 0 to 160 km/h will take just 4.2 seconds with top speed expected to be in excess of 250 mph (402 km/h).
“It will be the first time that any car has broken the 2 second barrier to a 100 km/h, the fastest to 160 km/h and the first time any production car has a quarter-mile (400m) run in under 9 seconds,” said Elon Musk at the unveiling.
The all-wheel drive Roadster is powered by a 200 kWh battery pack which will provide the Roadster with 620 miles (965 km) of driving range. The highest capacity battery pack made by Tesla can be found in the Model S P100D, with a 100 kWh battery pack capable of just over 300 miles (482 km) in range.
The “base model” Roadster is said to come with a removable glass roof which can be stored in the trunk – much like the Targa layout of the 911 or the Mazda MX-5 RF. The brand’s latest autonomous systems will not be excluded; with surround cameras providing a 360-degree view together with 12 ultrasonic sensors for detection of objects.