Elon Musk: The Next Generation Tesla Roadster May Achieve 60 MPH in Under 2 Seconds
Tesla’s next supercar could claim the title of fastest-accelerating production car. The next-generation Roadster, expected to launch in 2019, will update the company’s first car for a new era. Company CEO Elon Musk suggested the new version could push the boat out and aim for never-before-seen performance.
Musk told one of his followers that going 0-60 mph in under 2 seconds — which would make it the fastest production car — would be “an interesting target.” He said that the car would need to be capable of reaching that goal using street-legal tires straight off the production line.
It would be impressive, but Tesla already holds the record. The Model S P100D, with Ludicrous Plus performance mode activated, achieved a staggering 2.28 seconds in February. Musk himself claims the P100D is capable of achieving 2.4 seconds, beating out the Porsche 918 Spyder that has an official acceleration time of 2.5 seconds.
Musk has said before that he wants the Roadster to be the company’s fastest vehicle, but this is the first suggestion he’s given that the car could reach below the 2-second mark.
If the first generation, had a “Ludicrous mode” capable of 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) acceleration in just 2.5 seconds, the Tesla Roadster 4.0 might just hit 97 km/h (60 mph) in under two seconds. “That would [be] an interesting target,” Musk said in a tweet, replying to a question about the new roadster.
“Would, of course, only count if capable of doing so right off the production line with street legal tires,” Musk added, which Electrek’s Fred Lambert considers a possibility for the roadster to be faster with aftermarket components.