Gone are the days when electric vehicles could be derided as being for the faint of heart. When EV juggernaut Tesla Motors brought its Roadster to market in 2009, it made history as the first automaker to manufacture and sell a zero-emission sports car. Now latest generation 2011 Roadster 2.5 is still leading the pack, and is putting up stats so impressive you’ll wonder how you ever drove anything gas powered.
The 2.5, which is a modified version of the 2011 Roadster, does 0 to 60 mph in under 3.9 seconds (the Roadster Sport does 3.7) and hits a top speed of 132 mph. With instant torque and a range of 212 miles on a full charge, the sports car’s lithium-ion battery can fully charge from any outlet in 3.5 hours- most EVs need double that. Which means you get a lot more time behind the wheel of the world’s coolest EV.
As good as you’ll look driving the Roadster from the outside, the interior isn’t lacking, either. The two seats have built-in lumbar support systems, and sound-suppressing front wheel liners and sound reduction materials keep things quiet. And without any need to stop for gas, you get a lot more time to enjoy it.
As expected for an elite sports car, the Roadster 2.5 doesn’t come cheap. The standard model goes for $109,000, and the Sport fetches $128,500. Good thing you’re saving all that gas money!
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