Road Tests Real world tests of Roadster vs Model S

0-60mph

Top speed

Roadster Base
119 mph
Model S
130 mph

0-100mph

Roadster Base
11.1 s
Model S
9.5 s

1/4 mile

Roadster Base
12.7 s
Model S
12.4 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Roadster

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Roadster Base

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Significantly lighter curb weight 2,500 lb vs 3,825 lb Around 35% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
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 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM Around 2.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM More than 45% stronger engine
Faster top speed 130 mph vs 119 mph 11 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster to 100mph 9.5 s vs 11.1 s Around 15% faster to 100mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Roadster  vs
Model S 
Brand Tesla Tesla
Price 109,000 107,350
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008 2010

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 9.19 lb/hp
Maximum hp 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Maximum torque 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion

engine

Air compressor None None
Fuels
Electricity

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,500 lb 3,825 lb
Width 73.7 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  vs
Model S 
Top speed 119 mph 130 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 12.4 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 4 s
0-100mph 11.1 s 9.5 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 2 1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Tesla Roadster Base
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Tesla Model S
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