As you may know already, Tesla sold almost all the Roadster models destined for the United States market and the Model S saloon is ready to hit the dealerships next year, while the Model X crossover is expected to be revealed by the end of this year in the Alpha form. Today, we found out that Tesla is preparing a new Roadster that will be launched in 2014, according to CEO Elon Musk and it appears that this new mode will not be based on Lotus mechanicals.
Although the Roadster was not quite profitable and Tesla made a loss on every car it sold, Elon Musk said that the vehicle helped the company.
“Bob Lutz has said the Roadster prompted General Motors to do the Chevrolet Volt,” he said. “We’re trying to change the industry.” Moreover, the 2014 Tesla Roadster will use a third-generation platform which is expected to be a shortened version of the architecture developed for the Model S.
“This platform will spawn a range of cars in the next four to five years,” Musk said. “It’ll be a more mass-market platform for cars like a 3-series as well as the new Roadster. These cars will supplement the Model S range.”
The new all-electric, zero-emission Tesla Roadster Sport high-performance sports car has now become available to order from Tesla Motors Inc.
Tesla Roadster Sport takes just 3.7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, in contrast to the standard Roadster’s time of 3.9 seconds. The Sport version features a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for more peak torque and less resistance. Its suspension system is also enhanced with adjustable dampers and driver-tuned anti-roll bars. This system pairs perfectly with its Yokohama Ultra High Performance tyres.
Initial deliveries will occur in late June 2009, while prices will begin at €112,000 (excluding VAT) in Europe and $128,500 in the US.
Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing touts the Tesla Roadster Sport to surpass all competitors in its price class while having double the efficiency of other compact hybrid sedans. He adds that it is definitely the only choice for anyone who rejects any compromise between performance and the environment.
Tesla’s in-house developed and patented powertrain is implemented for the first time on the Tesla Roadster Sport. The San Carlos, Calif.-based company also aims to manufacture the all-electric, zero-emission five-passenger Tesla Model S sedan beginning in 2011.
150 customers – and counting – have received their Roadsters, while around 1,100 more are on Tesla’s waiting list. Those on this list are eligible to select the Roadster Sport version instead.
Elon Musk, CEO, Chairman and Product Architect states that the Tesla Roadster Sport epitomises Tesla’s commitment to constant improvement. He adds that despite the Roadster’s tremendous success, "no one at this company remains satisfied with the status quo."