Road Tests Real world tests of Roadster Sport vs Model S


Top speed

Roadster Sport
124 mph
Model S
130 mph


Model S
9.5 s

1/4 mile

Model S
12.4 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Tesla Roadster Sport

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Roadster Sport

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Significantly lighter curb weight 2,724 lb vs 3,825 lb Around 30% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
More expensive sticker price $129k vs $107k More than 20% more expensive harder to own
Side view of Tesla Model S

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Tesla Model S

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Significantly more torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM vs 281 ft-lb @ 0 RPM Around 60% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 285 HP @ 4,400 RPM More than 45% stronger engine
Faster to 100mph 9.5 s vs 11.5 s More than 15% faster to 100mph
Faster top speed 130 mph vs 124 mph 6 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Roadster Sport  vs
Model S 
Brand Tesla Tesla
Price 128,500 107,350
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2010

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.56 lb/hp 9.19 lb/hp
Maximum hp 285 HP @ 4,400 RPM 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Maximum torque 281 ft-lb @ 0 RPM 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion



physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,724 lb 3,825 lb
Width 68 in 77.3 in
Height 44.4 in 56.5 in
Length 155.4 in 196 in
Wheelbase 92.6 in 116.5 in

road tests

Roadster Sport  vs
Model S 
Top speed 124 mph 130 mph
1/4 mile 12.6 s 12.4 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 4 s
0-100mph 11.5 s 9.5 s


Drivetrain Rear wheel drive RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Tesla Roadster Sport
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