Electric car start-up Tesla is stealing a page from the major automakers. No, it’s not getting a bailout, though it could use one. Rather it’s releasing a moderately upgraded version of its Roadster and slapping a 20% premium on it.
The Roadster Sport will be available to consumers starting in June for $128,500. A normal Roadster goes for $109,000. What does one get for $20,000? An additional .2 seconds:
Tesla: The Roadster Sport does 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, compared with 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster. It comes with a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. [Whatever the heck that means]. In addition to Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires, the Roadster Sport has improved suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars that will be tuned to the driver’s preference.
Tesla, how about getting cracking on a car that someone other than Sergey and Larry can afford?
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