Tesla Roadster 2020: specs and on-sale date

The first Tesla Roadster was where it all started for the company, and the 2020 version is set to make history, too

It was a surprise when Tesla unveiled an all-new Roadster in late 2017, but if Elon Musk is to be believed, the most surprising thing will be its performance.

In fact, this isn’t just going to be a quick car. In Musk-speak, this is a car that’s all set to "give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars" – in other words, he plans it to be the quickest-accelerating car in the world.

Apparently, the Roadster will be able to sprint from 0-62mph in 1.9 seconds and do 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds. To put that into perspective, it's getting to 100mph quicker than a BMW M4 can get to 62mph.

And that’s just the ‘basic’ model; Musk has already indicated that there could be a version with even greater performance. 

What’s also quite a surprise is that the car doesn’t a have a powered roof. Instead, the owner has to remove a section of the roof by hand, before stowing it inside the car.

We’ve yet to see what the Roadster looks like inside, but Tesla has said the two-plus-two car will be powered by a 200kWh battery and three electric motors. One motor works on the front wheels, while the other two work on the rears, making this a four-wheel drive car with, Tesla claims, a range of more than 600 miles. 

The car is set to go into production in 2020, but Tesla is already taking orders in the US. Prices for the basic version start at around £151,000, with a limited-edition Founders Series model costing just under £40,000 more, and Tesla asking for a £34,000 deposit.