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Old 01-12-2009, 08:04 AM   #1
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The Roadster Sport is ready to go on streets as Tesla Motors gave green light for orders for the high-performance sports car. The completely electric sports car, based on the world’s leading all-electric vehicle.

The Roadster Sport can reach 96 km/h (60 mph) in 3.7 sec and it features a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. The new vehicle is fitted with Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires and, in addition, it received reworked suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars.

“This car can beat nearly anything in its price class – yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans. If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option.” said Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing.

The price for the upgraded Roadster Sport starts from $128,500 (€112,000). Tesla has released over 150 Roadster until now and more than 1000 people are on the waiting list. For those who didn’t receive their ordered Tesla Roadster now they can choose for the new Roadster Sport.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:08 AM   #2
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whats the driving range per charge? =(
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:57 AM   #3
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Yeah really, what are the new numbers? So it has higher peak torque and less resistance and that translates intoooo....what exactly?

Edit: couldn't find anything on their website other than this one is 0.2 seconds faster to 60 mph.
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:13 AM   #4
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Yeah really, what are the new numbers? So it has higher peak torque and less resistance and that translates intoooo....what exactly?

Edit: couldn't find anything on their website other than this one is 0.2 seconds faster to 60 mph.
More torque + less resistance = faster acceleration
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:03 PM   #5
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so if what i'm reading is correct, the normal Tesla's have now been released for public consumption? Last I heard they weer having issues with them of some sort, so put them on hold?
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:00 PM   #6
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"The faster than anything in it's price range" bit is pretty suspect, I think. I don't feel like researching it, but I seem to recall the Tesla having a top speed of like 120-130mph. Yeah, it's 0-60 is good, but when actually driving/racing at speed I don't think the performance is all that high.

Still cool, though.

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Old 01-12-2009, 02:35 PM   #7
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so if what i'm reading is correct, the normal Tesla's have now been released for public consumption? Last I heard they weer having issues with them of some sort, so put them on hold?
over 150 customer cars have been shipped, iirc. "Tesla has delivered more than 150 Roadsters to customers, and about 1,100 people are on the waiting list. Customers who haven’t taken delivery may upgrade to the Roadster Sport."

http://www.teslamotors.com/media/press_room.php?id=1205
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:49 AM   #8
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So now that you’ve made your millions, you’re kicking back thinking about who you want to spend your life with and how you want to make the world a better place. Well, a company by the name of 4M Club can help you to do both at the same time. 4M Club, a millionaire matchmaking agency, is throwing in a new Tesla Roadster sports car (custom-built for the client) with a purchase of their high-end dating package.

For $250,000 you’ll get a date from 4M Club’s network and a new Tesla Roadster to take your new lady on the ride of her life.

“I drive a Prius with all the bells and whistles, but when I saw the all-electric Tesla, it blew me away,” says Chris Stelmack, 4M Club owner. “I thought, why not do something nice for the client and help them save the environment, too!
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A millionare dating club? And women actually want to argue that they arent out for our money?

(Well, not my money, I would have trouble with a 100k dating service; and that would only net me a sweet 1997 Mada Miata and a date with a local divorced soccer mom... )
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I'd like to hear a psychologist's take on both sides involved... some pretty f'd up individuals...

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I'd like to hear a psychologist's take on both sides involved... some pretty f'd up individuals...
Nice. I'm only a grad student, but these narcissistic people are fascinating. Watching these reports on Michael Jackson he was def. a narcissist. And he didn't have a Tesla? WTF?
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Amongst the Chelsea art galleries in New York City, you’ll find Tesla Motors’ latest showroom and New York presence. You may be thinking that a car dealership would be a garish addition to such a charming district, but you needn’t worry.

Tesla, mindful of the fact that building structures willy-nilly is slightly antithetical to their whole environmentally-responsible nature, has integrated itself comfortably within the neighborhood.

The facility itself is nothing wild, just a simple space with a couple of floor models, places to sit, have coffee, and pick options for your soon-to-be ride. When asked if they plan to make good on the statement at the Model S reveal that the dealership would facilitate a functioning art gallery, a representative stated that they will indeed do so, but slowly progress into it. Oh, and expect the works to have an automotive slant.

The rep I spoke to also conveyed a desire to have projectors broadcasting images from other Tesla facilities, so say the California location has an event, they can share the festivities across the globe. Also significant is that this location broadens Tesla’s service network on the east coast, having a place to bring your Roaster in to for any issues, and making more service techs available for house calls.






Also available was the opportunity to grab a first drive in the Roaster Sport, the 2010 Roadster with upgraded specs for your electric-sliding pleasure (yeah, I went there).

Differences in this model include several little tweaks that make for a substantial improvement overall. Ergonomics in the 2010 models in general have been altered, such as moving the touch screen from the far left, near the driver side door, to the center, beneath the radio console. Gone is the vestigial gear-shift which has been replaced with push-button inputs that light up to inform you what “gear” the car is in.

Also, a removable hard-top is now an option apart from the standard soft-top. The interior is imbued with stitching to match one of the varieties of color options available for the Roadster. Bluetooth connection is now available, and new sound dampers are in development with the objective of reducing the cabin noise.





Among the many new options, the Roadster Sport features a customizable suspension (mechanically, not on the fly) and an upgraded motor, dropping the Roadster’s 0-60 time from 3.9 to 3.7 seconds. Not a drastic change, but an improvement nonetheless. That’s also frighteningly close to Ferrari F430 territory, by the way, and the Ferrari need perfect gear shifts to hit those numbers. There are also optional carbon fiber accents that do wonders to make the already sporty Roadster look more menacing.

Yes, a menacing EV car - you heard it here first. The lack of power steering is still apparent, and the tiny steering wheel doesn’t help matters, but this is all minutia when you’re punching it down Manhattan roadways in a blur, stopping only for lights and inquisitive motorists. While it may be hard to notice the slight improvement in motor output, with the many colors, options and upgrades to the Roadster, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Tesla’s flagship model is shaping up to be a definite winner.

If you happen to find yourself in Chelsea with some time to kill, I recommend that you check out the Tesla store for yourself. It’s a different experience from the usual new-car showroom, which is fitting, since the car they’re selling is also quite different from the norm.
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The Tesla Roadster Sport's steering column doesn't move, I can barely sit in it even with the top open and it makes me look silly when I get in and out. Who cares? It's got a 3.7-second 0-to-60 time. I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes behind the wheel as only the second journalist to get a chance driving the new Tesla Roadster Sport. The first was Dan Rather, which explains the smell of liniment, the REM on the radio and the Afghan robes in the trunk. But I digress. Let's talk about what makes this car merit the $28,000 premium over the original Tesla Roadster, which only manages 0-to-60 in 3.9 seconds.





For starters, there's some new under-the-trunk bits n' pieces that help boost power slightly. Specifically, there's a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque, lending it stronger acceleration. Frankly, the GT-R can take its launch control and shove it. Because now that I've driven this I can say there isn't a better Game Boy out there than the Roadster Sport. Thanks to it being all-electric, all the torque's available the moment you drop the parking brake and press the button for drive (more on that shortly). So you're able to hit 60 MPH in a 3-point-something-second blink of an eye. Every time. And no you won't even void your warranty doing it.




But, like many American cars, it seems to drive at its best in a straight line. I found cornering to be tricky, with the cumbersome weight of the battery pack behind the seats doing confidence and communication no great shakes. But until I get a chance to play with it at some higher speeds than I was able to achieve on crowded New York City streets, I can't say for certain how it'll perform. Late last year I had the chance to drive the Lotus Exige S 240 (same chassis as the Tesla) on these same roads and it felt much more sprightly around the turns.

The ride was more comfortable than what we would have expected, taking many of the bumps and holes of the road with relative ease, yet the suspension still felt taught enough to take someplace a bit more befitting of a 3.7-second 0-to-60 time. Credit some of that to the increased mass of the batteries helping the unsprung to sprung weight ratio.





On the inside Tesla has finally made an effort to move away from the standard Lotus interior. Unfortunately, the cockpit's still not big enough for my 6'3" frame. I found myself wedged into uncomfortable position just to be able to see out the windshield. But that's the same problem I've had in every Lotus I've ever driven. The upgrades include a lockable glove compartment, new placement of the LCD info screen and an upgraded HVAC system. Additionally, the new model takes advantage of the single-stage transmission, doing away with the silly pretense of a stick shifter and replacing it with a button system for park, drive and reverse. It worked quite nicely on my short drive.

On the exterior, Tesla's found a way to drop enough carbon fiber up top to keep the weight of this porky pig down to a manageable 2,700 lb — the same as the regular Tesla Roadster and only 700 Lbs more than the Lotus Elise. But anyway, who cares what it looks like. Only one thing matters with this car – accelerating to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds in eerie silence. Oh, that and the $128,500 price tag.
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