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Tesla Roadster to launch in 2019

Tesla boss, Elon Musk has confirmed the tesla roadster will be back in 2019 and faster than “ludicrous”.

TESLA MOTORS’ CEO Elon Musk has confirmed we’ll see a Tesla Roadster back in Tesla’s line-up in 2019. He’s also said that it will be faster than “ludicrous”. Musk confirmed the return of the Roadster, which was the company’s first foray into car building, at the announcement of a new Spaceballs-esque “ludicrous” performance upgrade for the Tesla Model S which will allow it to accelerate from 0-96km/h in just 2.8 seconds.

Confirming the new performance mode, Musk said: “There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in four years: maximum plaid.” You can read the full blog post where Musk also writes about the Model X HERE.

The Tesla Roadster was first launched back in 2006 and was heavily based on the Lotus Elise. Both the first and second-generation (pictured) Roadsters were exactly the sort of poster children the electric car movement needed. Sharp handling, good looks and scintillating performance marked them out as the equal of their petrol-powered rivals.

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It’s expected the 2019 Tesla Roadster will be built entirely in-house by Tesla and will complete the Tesla line-up of: medium car (Model 3), SUV (Model X), and large car (Model S). Could the new Roadster rival the recently set new electric car 0-100km/h world record of 1.7 seconds?

 


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.