The 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 S, as you might have guessed, it is not. It has much in common with other green vehicles as zero-calorie cola made with cocaine binge all night. It has 288 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Sure, that’s not as fast as for example a Porsche 911 Turbo or Corvette ZR1, but the times are only good for cars in perfect condition and is probably a brutal technique that was never replicated launch. On the other hand, it only gear drive of the Tesla repeated sprints child and guarantees nothing less than a Bugatti Veyron end up getting shanked.
The fun does not stop when the road starts to curve no. The Lotus Elise chassis derived and Bilstein suspension setup, the Tesla feels like a heavier version of the Elise. Heavier, of course, that a relative concept, because the Elise weighs just under £ 2,000, while the Tesla electric power and everything, is about £ 2,700.That’s 400 pounds less than a Honda Civic Si, considered a “compact” cars by the EPA.
With a manual and a MOMO steering wheel of the size of a plate, the tissue turns Tesla is a sublime experience, as you grip the wheel tightly to the script perfectly situated (at 9 and 3, one on each side, that the thumbs to heaven, the way it should), you can cut as a sport bike to know that the massive torque available immediately once you reaffirm.
In a city where Bentley Continental GT and Audi R8s hardly merit a second look, the Tesla induction type of hysteria that is rarely seen outside of a concert by Justin Beiber. In the course of three hours I had: three crowds of screaming school children behind me (including one who shouted “Oh my God, a Lotus”), two types offer me a home theater system only to sit in the car (dropped) , a young nobleman carrying out a Foot Locker and ask if I have a movie star; untold camera phone snaps and many smiles and waves of cyclists (notoriously hostile drivers).
As incredible as it is, the Tesla has drawbacks than the stiff ride.The interior looks good from afar, but for a $ 100,000 car that could use some work. exposed wiring and bolts are present in certain places and not in the minimalist industrial style that is popular in modern architecture. You could say that is typical for a low rent charm Lotus, but buyers of the Tesla, the uneven quality of the construction that the plagues that brand to ignore, and it seemed a little tricky corners like this cut, especially where most people would not watch.
The Tesla Roadster 2.5 s is a very impressive vehicle, but the spacecraft of the sport. It requires far less maintenance than a traditional auto power, no gas to fill up. Has the chops to go against world-class names in Italy, Germany and England, but more importantly, facilitated the reduction of anxiety everywhere.
Theories such as global warming, Peak Oil and rising oil prices bring no palpitations car fans. The Tesla shows how good of zero-emission “green” technology can be.