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Elon Musk promises "above 1000kms" in range for Tesla Roadster
Elon Musk promises "above 1000kms" in range for Tesla Roadster

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter with some bold claims about his second-generation Tesla Roadster, promising the 2020 EV will deliver "above 1000kms" in range.

That's an impressive figure (enough to trot from Sydney to Brisbane with around 150kms in range to spare), but it's a number made even more impressive when you take into account the performance Musk is promising from Tesla's new Roadster.

When announcing the car (way back in 2017) Musk promised it would the fastest production car ever, capable of a sprint to 97km/h (or 0-60mph) in a staggering 1.9secs. It will scream on, he tells us, to 161km/h in just 4.2 seconds, on its way to a seemingly impossible top speed of 402km/h.

Unsurprisingly, the Tesla boss made the latest claims on Twitter, in response to a customer question.

Asked whether the Roadster's range was "still going to be 620 miles, or are some of the S’s new efficiencies going into that too and pushing the range even higher?", Musk replied: "Range will be above 1000k".

The Roadster, which is expected to go on sale in 2020, is tipped to start from around US$200,000 - which sounds an awful lot, but given the rarified air that performance puts it into (it would leave the best from Lamborghini and Ferrari in its wake, for example), is actually something of a bargain.

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Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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