The automotive world has been waiting for an update on Tesla’s next-gen supercar, the Roadster, ever since it was first announced back in 2017. Now, it looks like there may finally be some significant updates regarding the vehicle, more specifically, when it will go into production.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently took to Twitter to reply to a question asked by one of his followers.
When asked “What happened to the roadster?”, Musk quickly replied by saying, “Finishing engineering this year, production starts next year.” He then added, “Tri-motor drive system & advanced battery work were important precursors,” which could explain why news about the Roadster has been so slow.
Finishing engineering this year, production starts next year. Aiming to have release candidate design drivable late summer. Tri-motor drive system & advanced battery work were important precursors.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2021
The Tri-motor drive system & advanced battery work will be key aspects in helping the Roadster achieve its predicted acceleration of 0-100 km/p in 1.9 seconds, top speed of 402 km/p, and maximum range of 965 kilometres.
When the Roadster was first announced, it had an asking price of around R3 million [$200,000], and those who wanted to be first in line to get the vehicle were required to put down an eye-watering R750,000 [$50,000] to make a reservation.
Musk did, however, say in his Tweet that Tesla is aiming to have a ‘release candidate model’ hit the road sometime in 2021, which will hopefully provide a more detailed look at the final version of the EV, along with its final price and performance figures.