Tesla has unveiled a new Roadster, the new version of its original sports car. It’s the fastest production car ever made "period," according to CEO Elon Musk. USA TODAY
Corrections & Clarifications: This story has been updated to clarify Tesla's statement on the Roadster's pricing.
HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the next version of the electric car maker's roadster Thursday night, saying it will be the "fastest production car ever made — period."
The new Tesla Roadster, a sports car that takes over where the company's first model started many moons ago, was a surprise reveal by Musk at the end of the unveiling of its electric big rig truck here.
Price is $250,000 for the car and it's due in 2020, according to the Tesla website.
The roadster will be fast. Absurdly and possibly nauseatingly fast. How about 1.9 seconds to 60 mph, or 4.2 seconds to 100 mph and the quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds. He says it will be the first production car to break the two-second barrier in zero to 60 mph.
While that sort of blindingly fast speed is impressive from both a technological and price perspective (consider that this is faster than a $3 million Bugatti Chiron), it's doubtful most drivers will be able to cope with those sorts of G-forces or drive at that kind of speed.
"The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars," Musk said, barely audible over the shrieks of the assembled crowd. "It'll feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche."
Musk added that these times were all "world records, and this is what we're achieving in the prototype. I won't say what the top speed is it's above 250 mph."
The range was also a shock: 620 miles, or double what the company's current top-shelf machines boast.
"You'll be able to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back without refueling," said the CEO, addressing the enduring range anxiety issues surrounding most EV purchases. (That's not quite true: the roundtrip distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco is 762 miles, according to Mapquest.)
Add in these impressive Roadster details for good measure: All-wheel drive, and room for two people in the back. OK, maybe very small people.
Musk didn't reveal the price on stage, but after the presentation ended, Tesla posted a price on its website.
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