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The eagerly awaited Tesla Roadster 2022, now set for release in 2023, will feature the company’s Plaid three electric motor powertrain design when it finally comes into production, promising awesome performance as a result.

Taking inspiration from the original Tesla Roadster, which the company first launched back in 2008, the supercar has blistering, though so far unsubstantiated, performance stats that include a 0-60mph time of just 1.9 seconds, a 0-100mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of over 250mph.

Tesla’s Roadster 2022 follows the unveiling of its 1000bhp Tesla Model S Plaid and Model X Plaid saloons earlier this year, with the updated cars delivering better performance thanks to a new tri-motor electric setup based on the Plaid powertrain.

This, combined with better battery technology means the rejuvenated Model S is able to reach 0-60mph in 1.99 seconds. The Plaid+ flagship model is even capable of travelling over 520 miles on one charge.

Unsurprisingly, the Tesla Roadster was set for a 2022 release, having already been delayed a couple of times. But thanks to supply chain shortages, production won’t be starting until 2023. Elon Musk originally Announce this news in September and confirmed the situation during Tesla’s annual shareholder’s meeting.

That could be a kick in the teeth for people who’ve put down a deposit of $50,000 to reserve a car that’s set to cost $200,000 for the base model. Tesla has plans for a Founders Series model, with only 1,000 being produced, which will come with a price tag of $250,000; that’s serious supercar money.

Tesla Roadster 2022: Range potential, battery, and performance
The Tesla Roadster 2022 will feature a 200kWh battery pack that, according to the US manufacturer, will have the potential to offer around 620 miles of range. That’s an low level of range that’s absolutely unheard of in electric cars.

Even Tesla’s other cars, which have industry-leading levels of range, can’t match that. The next-best alternative would be the tri-motor Tesla Cybertruck, which promises over 500 miles of range, and the Long Range Model S which offers 405 miles.

However, anyone tapping into the formidable performance potential of the car is unlikely to get anything near that. The powerpack will drive three electric motors – one in the front, two in the rear – which will deliver 10,000 Nm / 7,400 lb ft of torque and enable it to launch from zero to 60mph in 1.9 seconds.

The performance is slightly better than the Model S Plaid, which is hardly surprising given the Roadster’s lower, more dynamic body styling. Tesla claims the all-wheel-drive Roadster will also be able to reach 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in just 8.8 seconds. Top speed is expected to be somewhere over 250 miles per hour.

Plaid three-motor powertrain models have a distinct advantage compared to more standard models in the Tesla range though, because ‘standard’ cars only feature twin electric motors – one at the front and the other at the back.

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