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Tesla Roadster: Elon Musk boasts new US$250,000 sports car will be world’s fastest – and have 1,000km range

Driving a petrol sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche, Elon Musk says

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 November, 2017, 2:37pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 November, 2017, 3:42pm

Tesla is resurrecting the Roadster.

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk surprised the crowd gathered Thursday for the electric-car maker’s debut of its Semi truck with a next-generation version of the company’s first model.

The billionaire boasted that the car will be available in 2020 as the fastest production car ever made, getting from zero to 95 kilometres per hour in 1.9 seconds.

“The point of doing this is to just give a hard core smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said on stage. The 200 kilowatt-hour battery pack will have 1,000 kilometres of driving range per charge, he said. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche.”

The first 1,000 cars will cost US$250,000 each, paid in full up front, with later models starting at $200,000.

Additional reporting by Reuters