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Tesla Roadster 1000km range to enable Sydney to Brisbane

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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