While the next-generation Tesla Roadster won’t debut for some time, Tesla execs say that the Model R, as it will likely be called, is going to “push the envelope beyond what anyone else is doing.”
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When Tesla Roadster production ceased, the world was suddenly left without a fast, fun, and (comparatively) affordable all-electric sports car. The revival of the Detroit Electric name hopes to change that with the SP:01, a Lotus-based electric coupe that will begin production this summer. In many ways, this is like the Tesla Roadster 2.0…but with a hardtop roof.
When Tesla Motors got its start, it offered for sale just a single vehicle; the Lotus Elise-based Tesla Roadster. The Roadster model, and name, has been retired, though CEO Elon Musk has already suggested that it will return. And when the two-seat electric sports car makes a comeback, it will be called the Tesla Model R.