The Tesla people in New York City allowed me to drive the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport. Besides the fact that I got some great video around Times Square and around town, the acceleration on this car is draw dropping.
As I got into this low to the ground sportscar I couldn’t help think how this car was historic and EPIC at the same time. To be in a leading electric car of the time and to also be in the highest end version of the Roadster was totally humbling and amazing at the same time.
The Roadster Sport, a high-performance sports car based on the world’s leading all-electric, zero-emission vehicle.
Can you say step on the pedal and GO!
The best part was driving around NYC while Times Square was prepping for New Years Eve. Was so cool to see while driving through Times Square on the night prior to New Years. Talk about the calm before the storm!
The Roadster Sport did 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, compared with 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster. It comes with a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. In addition to Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires, the Roadster Sport has improved suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars that will be tuned to the driver’s preference.
The Roadster Sport starts at $128,500 in the United States and €112,000 (excluding VAT) in Europe. Deliveries begin in late June.
“This car can beat nearly anything in its price class – yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans,” said Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing. “If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option.”
The Roadster Sport is the first derivative of Tesla’s proprietary, patented powertrain. San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla plans to begin producing the all-electric, zero-emssion Model S five-passenger sedan in 2011.