Tesla Motors began taking orders today for the Roadster Sport, a high-performance sports car based on its existing all-electric, zero-emission vehicle.
The Roadster Sport accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.7sec, compared with 3.9sec for the standard Roadster.
The new car comes with a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque from the electric motor. In addition to Yokohama's ultra high-performance tires, the Roadster Sport has improved suspension with adjustable dampers and sway bars that will be tuned to the driver's preference.
The Roadster Sport starts at $128,500 in the United States and deliveries begin in late June. "This car can beat nearly anything in its price - yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans," said Michael van der Sande, Tesla's senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing. "If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option."
The Roadster Sport is the first derivative of Tesla's proprietary, patented powertrain. Base in San Carlos, CA, Tesla plans to begin production of an all-electric, zero-emssion Model S five-passenger sedan in 2011.Tesla has delivered more than 150 Roadsters to customers, and about 1100 people are on the waiting list. Customers who haven't taken delivery may upgrade to the Roadster Sport.
"The Roadster Sport embodies Tesla's spirit of continuous improvement," said CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. "The Roadster has been a great success, but nobody at this company remains satisfied with the status quo."