Tesla working on a replacement for the Roadster

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 5, 2012

It will probably be at least five more years before Tesla starts production of a new electric two-seat roadster slated to be at the top of its expanding lineup of saloons and SUVs. Right now, Tesla is still in the process of evaluating this model. The original, Lotus Elise-based Tesla Roadster will stop selling this year to correspond with the launch of Tesla’s first self-developed model, the BMW 5-series-sized Model S, which is set to start selling next summer.

In 2013, Tesla is planning to introduce the Model X, an SUV with gullwing doors, that will make it to the UK by 2015. Tesla also has plans to offer a more mainstream model that will rival the BMW 3-series, estimated to arrive sometime 2015 or 2016.

George Blankenship, vice-president of sales and ownership experience, said that the small saloon would probably be situated on an all-new generation of its aluminium platform that will bring Tesla forward and would then be considered as the basis of all its models.

As soon as the small and medium saloons and a compact SUV are added to the range, there’s a chance to include a Roadster successor.

Blankenship said that the company hasn’t yet decided if it will produce another Roadster; however, it is considering a plan to offer a real ‘halo’ model in the range.

Meanwhile, the strongest Tesla will be the Model S Signature Performance, which goes up against the BMW M5. Tesla’s model is powered by a 416bhp engine that enables the car to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.4sec, a record that matches that of the M5.

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