Tesla Roadster 2 is up for preorder with all but the deposit price references removed
During his inaugural address for the Texas Gigafactory opening last week, Elon Musk mentioned that this year will be all about scaling production to meet demand, but in 2023 Tesla will once again focus on developing and introducing new models. When detailing Tesla's last quarterly results, he also said that the promised budget US$35,000 car is on the backburner, as not only does Tesla have to resolve supply chain challenges, but also deliver two models customers have been preordering for years first. Chief among those are the Cybertruck electric pickup and the Roadster 2 sports car with its breathtaking specs:
- Acceleration 0-60 mph: 1.9 sec
- Acceleration 0-100 mph: 4.2 sec
- Acceleration 1/4 mile: 8.8 sec
- Top Speed: 250+ mph
- Wheel Torque: 10,000 Nm
- Mile Range: 620 miles
- Seating: 4
- Drive: All-Wheel Drive
- Reservation Price: $50,000
While the Cybertruck is towards the end stages of its development and a prototype was present at Tesla's Cyber Rodeo show down in Texas, Tesla also opened the Roadster 2 reservation page yet again. This indicates that next year may indeed be big for introducing new models as Tesla tries to gauge demand for the Roadster 2. The car has been promised for five years now, and the first round of preorders came and went with people plunking US$50,000 on a deposit only to see it relegated to vaporware status since 2017.
When it closed the initial reservations round, Tesla also removed any reference to its pricing which is an ominous sign given the constant Model 3 and Model Y price increases. It only lists the Roadster 2 deposit price now, too. Still, those who want to get in line for the "quickest car in the world" that is supposed to be "an amazing, exciting flying machine with the SpaceX package," according to Tesla's Chief of Design Franz von Holzhausen, can now do it again. Tesla asks to pay it US$5,000 now and add US$45,000 within ten days which will make the reservation "final," though it's not clear if the whole amount will be refundable in case that those who preorder get tired of waiting.