Taking the Tesla Roadster, the world’s most famous electric sports car, for a spin. (Photo credits: Monica Michelle)
The 2009 model is close to sold out, and it takes a $60,000 deposit to attempt to get one a year from now.
I have wanted — for a long time — to get in the cockpit of this curious machine and test its limits. Last week, Brian Lam of Gizmodo and I had a chance to do exactly that…
I was eager to compare it to the Audi R8 supercar I took for a aggressive run a few months ago.
The electric experiment did not disappoint.
The chassis weighs just 180 lbs. and looks no bigger than a cowhide rug.
The Tesla Roadster sounds like a fighter jet and accelerates like a drag motorcycle on steroids. Here are the videos and a few select shots (all the pictures, including interior, are here):
The Tesla hugs the curves and is LOW. I could touch my elbow to the asphalt from the driver’s seat.
If you have the cash and are prone to spending it on cars, the Tesla Roadster might just be the fix you’re looking for.
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