Tesla Working On New Roadster For 2014

Was the Tesla Roadster a hit? Depends on who you ask, though the electric car company did manage to sell out of them, all the way up to the end of production. Their next big vehicle, the Model S, is due to hit showrooms next year. And then? According to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, a new Roadster is due for 2014. Wee!Return Of An Icon

After selling over 2,500 Roadsters over the past four years, Tesla is finally ready to display its freshmen effort, designed completely in-house. The Model S sedan is already meeting with favorable first-impressions, but what put Tesla on the map was the Lotus-based Roadster.

In an interview with Autocar, Musk reveals that Tesla is already working on a successor to the Roadster, most likely based on a shortened-wheelbase version of the Model S chassis. This platform, in addition to underpinning a new roadster, could also lead to Tesla’s first truly mass-market offering. For Tesla to really make it into the mainstream, they’re going to have to offer cars in the $20,000-$40,000 range.

Musk even goes so far as to compare this mass-market future car with the BMW 3-series, one of the most popular luxury sedans on the market. And I’m not sure they are quite there yet. But by 2014? They may be. I hope to one day own a Tesla myself…but even the Model S sedan is well beyond my tax bracket. Hopefully this next generation of Tesla’s will be more financially appealing to people like me and you.

Source: Autocar

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.