Originally planned for a 2020 release, the tri-motor drive system and advanced battery delayed production.
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This story originally appeared on PCMag
Back in 2017, Elon Musk revealed a revamped version of the Tesla Roadster as the quickest car in the world. Tesla expected us to be driving the new Roadster by 2020, but that didn’t happen. Now we have a new release window: 2022.
Musk was asked on Twitter what had happened with the Roadster, to which he responded, “Finishing engineering this year, production starts next year. Aiming to have release candidate design drivable late summer. Tri-motor drive system & advanced battery work were important precursors.”
That same tri-motor and battery system combination is now heading to the updated Model S, which will be available from March this year, but there’s a much longer wait for the new Roadster. It also won’t be the quickest car in the world anymore as the new Model S also achieves 0-60mph in 1.99 seconds. However, Tesla could ship the Roadster with even more impressive acceleration seeing as engineers have had over four years of development time since it was first announced.
Where the Roadster is expected to outperform the Model S is in top speed and range. We’re still expecting the Roadster to fly along at 250mph and enjoy a range of 620 miles. That’s compared to the 200mph top speed and 520-mile range of the Model S Plaid+.