New Tesla Roadster To Be Called “Model R”

New Tesla Roadster To Be Called “Model R”

Brian H | November 9, 2012

Wonder how soon they'll need another assembly line.

profxavier | November 10, 2012

Wonder what the features are

Brian H | November 10, 2012

Made of tinanium.
0-60 in 1.9 sec.
Range 5K.
cost $60K.

Or so the rumor I just started says.

Brian H | November 10, 2012

typo: titanium

Brian H | November 10, 2012

Or was that unobtitanium? I forget.

David70 | November 11, 2012

Unobtainium is for motor windings and electrical connections/cabling.
Then when 80+kW-h supercap packs become affordable, we can have ~100% regen.

Brian H | November 11, 2012

Unob-titanium soon to be ob-titaniable?
Trouble is, looks to be worth doing only for exhaust pipes, which BEVs don't have!

Aidenn | November 15, 2012

It's expensive, cramped and takes forever to "refuel," but there's no denying the 2011 Tesla Roadster's performance credentials or its ability to stand out in a gasoline-powered crowd.

Brian H | November 15, 2012


Timo | November 15, 2012

Looks like it based on the link. Flagged as inappropriate.

Rodolfo Paiz | November 19, 2012

That article misses a key point: Tesla would only be "spreading itself too thin" if it allows an increasing number of models to exponentially increase its supply chain complexity. And it certainly doesn't have to make that mistake.

For example, I believe that Tesla should design each chassis from now on (medium for the S and X, small for the Gen-3 car, etc.) to be able to use dual motors. If they do that, then creating a Model R is easy as pie:

1. Use the small chassis.
2. Drop in two of the motors from the Performance Model S.
3. Create a drop-dead-gorgeous body shape.
4. Put in the same iconic Tesla interior.

Other than the design of the two-seat supercar body to sit on top of that chassis, there's a lot of Tesla standard parts in there. And with not a whole lot of cost or complexity for Tesla, you have a very serious supercar: over 800 hp, almost 900 lb-ft of torque, all-wheel-drive, probably 150+ miles of EPA-rated range, and a very high-margin and high-visibility product for Tesla.

That thing would turn heads everywhere.

Vawlkus | December 13, 2012

Spammer. Flagged all posts as such