Tesla Roadster gets reviewed

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Don't know how many of you are interested, but I just found out about this

Woosh!
 

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Very nice,

An electric car that isn't totally useless.
 

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interesting. Tho I wouldnt buy one , the interior design is cr*p and uncomfortable and the exterior is not that impressive either. <_< I wouldnt want to have a car that feels like an extension of my body, I want something that I could use daily If i wanted and not feel every peeble on the road. This is not a race car. Otherwise I suppose Id love to have one.
 

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<_< I wouldnt want to have a car that feels like an extension of my body, I want something that I could use daily If i wanted and not feel every peeble on the road.

Those two attributes things aren't mutual, and unless you've driven a really connected car for atleast a few months i have a hard time believing that anybody, with rational human feelings, would want to go back to a lumpy, wool, disconnected coma of a car that most things describing themselves as "Sport" now a days are. You can still have a connected car thats extremely comfortable.

Honestly though, saying what you just said is like saying that your would rather listen to all your music on a set of crappy computer speakers then on a excellent set of headphones. It just goes against everything thats rational.


What's the point of a sports car that you can't hear?

you sir have posted some really really weird crap, like for example saying that Aston Martins styling is "boring", but i couldn't agree with you more on this one.
 
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This is all kind of irrelevant anyway, since it looks like Tesla's about to go bankrupt...
 

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And, assuming they are able to get that better transmission working, it is no faster than a stock Exige. Unless you are concerned about the environmental impact of fuel usage, this car is a pointless waste of $60k. Get a regular one from Lotus.
 

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I'm surprised with the negative comments here. I think it looks fantastic, and not just as something made in America. Interior is a bit spartan, but then so is Elise's. One does not buy this car for comfort :) Flat torque line (can't really call it curve ;)) is the important bit, and I'm really curious about what it feels like.

And you can't expect a start-up company with huge development expenses behind and one model produce a cheap car. This is a proof of concept really.
 

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I've been a fan of the car since the firs time I heard of it a coupla years ago. Their headquarters is between my home and my work. I've seen a couple driving around, and The only car that'd make me go "Ooooh!" more is a Veyron or a CCX. (No, not even a Reventon...I know it's just an LP640 in boots...)

To me, it's styling kinda is a cross between an Elise, and a Superamerica Ferrari...but that's just me...

It's so eerie seeing it drive. It takes off like nobody's business due to it's "100% of the torque, 100% of the time" manner of power delivery, and yet the only sound is a faint whine (about 1% of a supercharger's) and tire noise. Brilliant!

!!!!Prototypes!!! (don't judge it's fit-n-finish, or anything like that...this isn't a production model.)
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It takes off like nobody's business due to it's "100% of the torque, 100% of the time" manner of power delivery, and yet the only sound is a faint whine (about 1% of a supercharger's) and tire noise. Brilliant!

Yet it is no faster than a regular Elise. In fact until they work out the problems with the transmission it is actually quite a bit slower.

I know it is easy to get excited about this car, but if you take a look at it from a technical perspective it isn't all that great.
 

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Love the name, thats about it. I want to see a hybrid sports car. Except my idea of a hybrid would be a powerful electric motor combined with a jet turbine.
 

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Yet it is no faster than a regular Elise. In fact until they work out the problems with the transmission it is actually quite a bit slower.

I know it is easy to get excited about this car, but if you take a look at it from a technical perspective it isn't all that great.

By "no faster than a regular Elise" do you mean top speed? Because the Tesla Roadster's 0-60 is quite a bit quicker than the Elise, and how often do you drive over 125 miles per hour?

The Tesla Roadster is awesome. I think it does what it was designed to do quite well. At this point I can't come up with the extra money, but if / when the opportunity presents itself I am interested in selling my S2000 and getting a loan to buy one.
 

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I've been seeing quite a few of them lately (british-racing-type green, orange, black, white) and it still turns my neck into rubber.
 

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By "no faster than a regular Elise" do you mean top speed? Because the Tesla Roadster's 0-60 is quite a bit quicker than the Elise, and how often do you drive over 125 miles per hour?

The Tesla Roadster is awesome. I think it does what it was designed to do quite well. At this point I can't come up with the extra money, but if / when the opportunity presents itself I am interested in selling my S2000 and getting a loan to buy one.

The Tesla is supposed to cost over $100,000 USD, that's three times the cost of a brand new S2000.
 

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By "no faster than a regular Elise" do you mean top speed? Because the Tesla Roadster's 0-60 is quite a bit quicker than the Elise,

5.7 to 60 is faster then 4.7 to 60?!?
 
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I personally think the Tesla's a brilliant idea, as going to the gas station is a waste of time in my opinion.

I love the idea of being able to charge/fill up my car right at home without having to make trips out just to fill up
 
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