Tesla Roadster 

  • $109k built in USA
  • 2008
  • 284 HP
  • 119 mph
What's worrying my neck is the combination of the motor's 211 pound-feet of zero-rpm torque and the ease with which its 6831-cell, lithium-ion battery pack can juice the little banshee.
by MotorTrend (Mar, 2008)
Handling those twists in the Tesla is an absolute joy, but again, no surprise considering the vehicle on which it's based.
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2008)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Tesla Roadster


Roadster Base
3.7 s
5.2 s
Venom GT
2.5 s

Top speed

Roadster Base
119 mph
Venom GT
270 mph
Agera R
260 mph


Roadster Base
11.1 s
5.1 s
Venom GT
5.3 s

Top Gear track time

Roadster Base
Venom GT

1/4 mile

Roadster Base
12.7 s
9.72 s
McLaren P1
9.8 s

Data points Key details of the Tesla Roadster


Roadster Base
Agera R


Roadster Base
284 HP
Venom GT
1,200 HP
Agera R
1,115 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

In The News From around the web


Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is capable of driving up to 250 miles (EPA Highway) on a single charge, a range roughly triple that of previous mass-produced electric vehicles, like General Motors' EV1.
Deliveries of the Tesla Roadster are expected to begin next summer.
What’s even more impressive than the engine’s ponies is the massive 211 pound feet of torque which is achieved from 0 rpm, leaving behind any sports car powered by conventional fuel.
This means that the Tesla Roadster has a weight-to-torque ratio of 12.7 pounds/pound-foot and all it’s available from the moment you touch the accelerator pedal.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Tesla
Price $109,000
Type of car Production car
Year 2008


Body style Coupe
Top type Soft removable


Drivetrain RWD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 2 gears
Gear ratios 1: 2.65:1
Axle ratio 3.12:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 175/55 16
Rear wheels 406/? 152

road tests

Top speed 119 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s
0-60mph 3.7 s
0-100mph 11.1 s
Top gear time 1:27.30
Drag coefficient 0.36

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp
Maximum hp 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM
Max RPM 13,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Weight distribution 35%/65%
Steering system Unknown


Air compressor None
Fuels Electricity
Valvetrain Unknown

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,500 lb
Width 73.7 in
Height 44.4 in
Length 155.4 in
Front track width 57.6 in
Wheelbase 92.6 in
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