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‘Fastest car ever’? In a surprise, Tesla unveils new Roadster at truck event

'0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds:' Tesla's speedy new Roadster 2.0

Tesla's new incarnation of the Roadster has a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour and will be available in 2020, according to Tesla.
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Tesla's new incarnation of the Roadster has a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour and will be available in 2020, according to Tesla.

At an event Thursday night to unveil Tesla’s new semi trucks, founder and CEO Elon Musk had a surprise in store.

He introduced the company’s new super car, an ultra-fast Roadster, as “the fastest production car ever made, period,” according to NPR. It came rolling out of a truck’s trailer.

It can go from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, Musk said, far outshining Dodge’s newly available Challenger SRT Demon drag car, which goes zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds. If these numbers are accurate, the Roadster would be the first production vehicle to break the 2-second threshold, The Verge reports.

It can go a quarter mile in 8.8 seconds.

Musk didn’t confirm its top speed, but said it was “above 250 mph,” according to The Verge. That’s close to the top speed of Bugatti’s Chiron ($3 million) – 261 mph, CNN reports.

Tesla made a reference to “Space Balls” when talking about the Roadster’s speed on Twitter:

The Roadster’s range per charge is 620 miles, Musk said, and it has a 200kWh battery pack.

It also has three motors – two in the back, one in the front, torque steering and all-wheel drive, according to The Verge.

“The point of doing this is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk said.

The Roadster has a price tag of $200,000 and requires a $50,000 deposit to reserve one. It’s scheduled for release in 2020.

Meanwhile, Musk said Tesla’s semis can go zero to 60 in 5 seconds – if the trailer is empty, CNN reports. With a full trailer, the truck can go zero to 60 in 20 seconds, beating out diesel trucks.

The truck can go up to 500 miles per charge with a full trailer traveling at highway speed, Musk said. There will also be a 300-mile version.

“Electric motors have advantages for hauling: fewer moving parts, cheap fuel and zero tailpipe pollution,” Emily Sullivan of NPR said. “But charging can be a challenge and Tesla big rigs will cost far more than diesel trucks.”

Truck drivers might notice a few differences in the cab: It will be roomier, thanks to the lack of a diesel engine, and the driver sits in the middle with a large touch screen on both sides, CNN reports.

The trucks also will boast a semi-autonomous driving system.

They are scheduled for release in 2019 and Wal-Mart has apparently already ordered some of them, according to CNBC.

Tesla’s mass-market electric Model 3 has faced many delays and issues in its production, so the planned release of these latest two vehicles is already drawing some skepticism.

But the reveal left the audience wowed nonetheless.

Tesla's new fleet of semi trucks can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 20 seconds, all while carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo, according to Tesla. The company also revealed it has a pickup truck in the works.

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