21 August 2009

Tesla charges up

More powerful version of Hollywood’s favourite all-electric car is here. Form a wealthy, smug queue

Tesla Roadster Sport

Way back in January, we told you about Tesla’s plans to build a more powerful, faster, more expensive version of its already plenty powerful, fast and expensive Roadster.

And, finally, here it is in proper production form: the Tesla Roadster Sport. Packing 288bhp – 40bhp more than the standard Tesla Roadster thanks to a new hand-wound stator (well, obviously) – it’ll hit 60mph in just 3.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than before.

Other upgrades include stickier Yokohama tyres – as seen on the Lotus Exige – along with adjustable anti-roll bars and dampers. Not that the standard Roadster is especially prone to rolling or, er, damp.

There’s also a new push-button gear selector to replace the normal Roadster’s aluminium shifter, plus a touch screen that tells you exactly how many barrels of oil you’ve saved by not driving a dirty petrol powered car.

Just call it the Smugometer…

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