Hawthorn, California - Pretoria born and bred master of hype Elon Musk has rocked the supercar world with the unannounced reveal of the second-generation, all-wheel drive Tesla Roadster, billed as “the quickest car in the world”.
Musk quotes 0-96km/h in 1.9 seconds (yes, 1.9, not 2.9), 0-160km/h in 4.2 seconds, the standing quarter mile (402 metres) in 8.8 seconds and a top speed of “more than 400km/h”, as well as a 990km range, thanks to a 200kWh battery pack.
Neither he nor the Tesla website’s Roadster page quotes the combined output of the car’s four electric motors in kilowatts, although the site mentions a frankly outrageous combined torque output of 10 000Nm.
In his presentation at the reveal Musk said he had set the performance targets for this car so high because he wanted it to be “the final nail in the coffin of combustion engine cars”; if the car lives up to his claims for it, it could set the future course of performance cars.
OK, it’s not a true roadster, it’s a targa top, with a one-piece glass roof that clips off and can be stowed in the boot, but if it can live up to the rest of it, who are we to quibble?