Every time automakers try to close the distance between their
electric models and those of Tesla, the latter responds by
launching new and more exclusive models. With its excellent
battery technology and electric systems, Tesla seems
untouchable at the top of the electric vehicles segment. The
automaker is also building a multi-billion dollar battery
factory which hints of a better future meaning other automakers
need to work extra hard to come close to its “green”
The Tesla aims to increase its sales to a half a million units
annually by 2020. To achieve this, the automaker is looking to
diversify its fleet. The 2020 Tesla Roadster is one of the
vehicles meant to achieve this objective. Others are 2016 Tesla
Model X (a mid-sized SUV), 2017 Tesla Model 3 (a small sedan)
and a compact SUV yet to be named. Read along to find out what
the second-generation Tesla Roadster promises to deliver:
2020 Tesla Roadster Exterior
Unlike the first generation Roadster which was based on the
Lotus Elise platform, the 2020 Roadster will be designed from
scratch. According to the automaker, the model will be based on
the “Gen 3” platform which underpins the new Model 3. Tesla has
not released any photo or rendering of this vehicle.
Nonetheless, our engineers and designers have come up with the
following rendering based on the available information:
At the front, the vehicle will likely adopt the Model S cues.
It is likely to feature a chromed grille flanked by sharp
headlights. Its hood will also be similar to the Model S
complete with two ridges running from its headlights to the
windshield. At the rear, the vehicle will sport creases below
its shoulder line. The rear bumper will be mounted slightly
higher for a slightly raised ground clearance level. The rear
will also feature 2 bulges that pop up to act as the rear
seatbacks and headrests.
All this is pure rendering based on the current design language
of the automaker. This could change by the time the model hits
the streets since 4 years is a long time in the automobile
industry considering the dynamic change in technology the
sector experiences. The upcoming Model 3 will give us
more insight as to what the Roadster will look like.
2020 Tesla Roadster Interior
Though we don’t know how the cabin of the 202 Tesla Roadster
will look like, we are sure it will be luxurious and adequately
equipped technology-wise. Going by the first generation of the
Roadster, expect an excellent interior design complete with
premium Nappa leather on seats, door panels and on the dash.
Aluminum, polished zinc and carbon-fiber will also make their
way into its cabin.
Expect a huge screen mounted on the center console. The screen
will be used to control an advanced infotainment system with
Bluetooth connectivity, Smartphone integration, Wi-Fi
connectivity and satellite navigation among others.
The 2020 Tesla Roadster will also improve on the Model S
autonomous features. Features on the current Model S include
radar and sonar systems which enable the vehicle to drive
itself when switched to the ‘autopilot’ mode. We expect Tesla
to advance this technology to enable the car to do much more
than Model S currently does.
Engine Specs and Performance
No one knows what power-train Tesla will use under the hood of
the 2020 Roadster. However, Tesla announced that the Roadster
will go beyond the Model S in terms of acceleration and top
speed. Tesla said that the Roadster would get the “maximum
plaid” mode which supersedes the “Ludicrous” mode featured on
the Model S. With the Ludicrous mode, the model S runs from
standstill to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Since the “maximum plaid”
mode supersedes Ludicrous mode, it is safe to assume that the
next-gen Roadster will hit 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
At this speed, no electric model will be close to it. In fact,
the Roadster will be among the fastest cars in the world. It
will be at the same level with the likes of gasoline-sipping
Porsche 918 Spyder which bolts to 60 mph from standstill in 2.4
To achieve this objective, Tesla needs a very powerful motor
and battery pack. Currently, the 90 kWh battery pack that
powers the P90D is the only likely option. Most likely, the
Roadster will feature an electric motor per axle. Lest I
forget, the automaker is also looking to increase the
Roadster’s range to 400 miles. Tesla has an excellent battery
research and development team so I am sure they are working
something out for the Roadster if they haven’t already.
Price and release date
It is way too early to start talking about the Roadster’s
price. What is sure though is that the model will be more
expensive than the Model S. Considering the model S has a
starting price of around $125,000, I won’t be surprised if the
Roadster attracts a price tag of over $ 150,000.
As for the release date, the model might arrive sometimes in
2019. However, going by the history of Tesla of delaying
things, the model could even arrive later in 2020.
At this level, you might be tempted to think that Tesla, the
market leader in electric and hybrid drive-trains will be alone
at the top but no, Detroit Electric is not far behind with
their 2016 Detroit Electric SP:01. Audi, the German automaker
is also close behind with their Audi R8 E-Tron. By 2020, a
couple of other automakers will also have launched their own
electric sports cars like Porsche Mission
E Concept .