We’ve heard before that Tesla wants to revive a range-topping sports car that will have no excuses against the world’s supercars, and recently company VP George Blankenship reiterated the company’s aspirations.
Tesla is still rolling out the Model S sedan in the U.S. and soon it will be in Europe as well. It has a “high-profile location” lined up in central London for its first Tesla store, Blankenship told UK publication, Autocar, and before it goes significantly up-market with a super EV, it plans to launch other cars first.
These include its pending Model X for which it is collecting orders, and a lower priced car sized like a BMW 3-Series. In maybe half a decade ahead however, expect a new roadster quicker than the previous car’s 3.9 seconds to 60 mph, and likely costing more than the original Roadster.
“If you fast forward beyond that, we go back to the roadster and do things that people aren’t doing and push the envelope. That would be the next-generation roadster,” Blankenship said.
EV technology is still fast evolving, Blankenship said, and what Tesla does for an encore will need to exceed existing benchmarks.
“The original roadster was a proof-of-concept car,” said Blankenship. “We did an electric car with over a 200-mile range and 0-60mph in under four seconds. Back then, no one believed it was possible. And then we did the Model S saloon, with 0-60 mph in 4.4 second and a 300-mile range.”
This latest disclosure fits also with things CEO Elon Musk said last August about an electric “supercar” that could go head-to-head with Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis and cost north of $200,000.
“It was going to happen right after the Model X, but it is more important to the world that we do a more affordable electric car,” Musk said last August. “Hopefully, we will get to an electric supercar in four to five years.”
Musk said it. Now Blankenship said it. Tesla has big plans cooking.