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Tesla Motor introduces Roadster Sport

ABR Staff Writer Published 15 January 2009

The Roadster Sport is the first derivative of Tesla's proprietary powertrain

US-based electric car manufacturer Tesla Motor has introduced its next-generation sports car, Roadster Sport.


The company claims that the Roadster Sport has 15% more peak power and accelerates zero-to-60mph in 3.7 seconds, compared with 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster. The Roadster Sport is the first derivative of Tesla's proprietary powertrain.


The manufacturer's suggested retail price of the Roadster Sport starts at $128,500 in the US and E112,000 excluding VAT in Europe. Deliveries will begin in late June 2009. Tesla plans to begin producing the all-electric, zero-emission Model S five-passenger sedan in 2011.


Elon Musk, CEO, chairman and product architect of Tesla Motors, said: The Roadster Sport embodies Tesla's spirit of continuous improvement. The Roadster has been a great success, but no one at this company remains satisfied with the status quo.


Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing, said: “This car can beat nearly anything in its price class – yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans.”


Tesla Motors manufactures electric car. The key technology is the 100% electric powertrain. The Roadster is its first production car. With a range of over 200 miles on a single charge and a supercar level 3.9 second zero to 60mph acceleration time.