The 2023 Tesla Roadster is one of the most anticipated releases by the brand’s most loyal followers. The first model of the brand’s most recognizable automobile was what put Tesla in everybody’s mind. Now, the new 2023 Roadster aims to be better and faster than any EV on the market today. It adds more seating options, a longer electric driving range, and much more performance than anything Tesla has released. When it comes out, we’re hoping that all of our expectations for the Roadster are blown away.
The 2023 Roadster is a completely new model by Tesla, reusing the series name of the company’s first EV vehicle in 2008. This car was originally slated for a 2021 release, but multiple delays have pushed it all the way back to a hopeful release period in 2023.
Tesla’s newest addition to their renowned EV line comes in two models: The standard Roadster and the Founders Series Roadster. Reservations were held for those who wished to have the limited Founders Series model, starting at a price of $250,000. Only 1000 of these models are to be made available, so chances are the most diehard Tesla collectors will be gunning for that. The entry-level Roadster has an asking price of $200,000.
The company is making a lot of bold claims towards the 2023 Roadster’s performance. Details about the hardware mounted on the Roadster are scarce, with most sources coming from teasers released by Elon Musk. One of these teasers was of a tri-motor electrical powertrain that utilizes one motor for the front and two for the rear. Using this setup, Tesla claims that the new Roadster can produce upwards of about 10,000 Nm of torque output. Most notably, the brand has claimed that it only takes the Roadster 1.9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. It also has an expected top speed of above 250 mph, which makes it quite a record breaker of an EV. According to the company’s site, both models of the Roadster will come in All-wheel drive. There are no reports yet of a possible rear-wheel or front-wheel setup.
Tesla is said to be making of a high-efficiency 200 kWh battery pack, supporting DC fast charging of up to 350 kw. The electrical range of the Roadster is said to be about 620 miles if at highway speeds. However, more rigorous drives such as letting it run around the track might cut that battery life by a large margin. Speculations and rumors have also said that Tesla might be using their 4680-battery cell in the new Roadster. This battery format was named that because of the 4680 cells that the battery pack holds, offering an increase in both power and range compared to standard battery packs today. Though some elements of this 4680-battery cell are still under development, it seems that progress is going smoothly. We may get to see more information as we near the release of other Tesla vehicles that may be using the same battery cell format as this new Roadster.
FUEL EFFICIENT & ACTUAL MPG
The Roadster has not yet been rated by the EPA. When there is available data on the Roadster, we’ll make sure to keep you posted on it.
INTERIOR, SOLACE & BAGGAGE
The Roadster is currently just a concept car, with multiple big changes happening behind the scenes. However, there are certain aspects of the car that are carried over from each concept model. One of these features is the roof which is composed of a removable glass panel. This can be stowed in the trunk for when you want to enjoy the breeze as you drive on the open road. We also know that the 2023 Roadster will be a four-seater, with two rear seats added to the latest iteration. It could be that those rear seats might not be the comfiest seats on the car as the legroom and headroom at the rear is quite tight, especially with how the roofline of the Roadster is implemented. No information is available on its cargo space, but we do know that there is a cubby underneath the Roadster’s touchscreen and center console.
With the concept art given by Tesla, we see that a large touchscreen is seen that reaches all the way down the center console. It’s a common thing for Tesla’s vehicles to not come integrated with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and any form of compatibility with Amazon’s Alexa. It may not be too far off to expect the same thing for the Roadster. It’s also likely that Tesla will still be providing certain other features, perhaps Wi-fi hotspot capabilities. They may also go for integration with other services, such as for Spotify, YouTube, and even Netflix. It’s difficult to say until Tesla themselves give a statement on the Roadster’s final roster of features.
No authority on Car Safety ratings has reviewed the 2023 Tesla Roadster, since it’s still in the conceptual stage. We do expect that Tesla will still be providing the same top-notch safety suite as that of their other vehicles, especially with their track record of the safest cars on the road today. They may also employ the semi-autonomous driving system that is available on some of their current cars, but only time will tell whether that holds true. Some safe assumptions that we can make are that the Roadster will most likely have automated emergency braking systems, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warnings, an adaptive cruise control, and their Autopilot semi-autonomous driving mode.
Tesla offers a warranty plan that is similar to its rivals, with the Powertrain warranty being a bit more valuable to riders. However, the company does not offer any plan for complimentary scheduled maintenance. The Limited warranty spans for four years or the first 50,000 miles driven, whichever comes first. The Powertrain warranty plan is covered for about eight years, with no maximum of miles driven that will void the plan.