The first generation Tesla Roadster was produced from 2008 to 2012 and was based on the Lotus Elise. Earlier this month, Tesla announced that it is going to build a successor to the Roadster sports car. It will be launched in about four years time and have a top-speed in excess of 250 km/h.
Tesla wants to sell more than 500,000 cars annually by 2020, but for that, it will need more vehicles in its portfolio. The upcoming Model X and the forthcoming Model 3 will be followed by the second generation Roadster. The all-new model won’t arrive anytime before 2019, but in the meantime, we have this digitally created version from Top Speed to ogle.
The speculative rendered 2020 Roadster seems to be heavily influenced by the Model S. The front grille, headlamps, side profile and the rear fascia of the car look identical to the Model S. The next-gen model shouldn’t be expected to carry over the design language of the Model S.
Perhaps, the second generation Tesla Roadster could mark introduction of a new design language by Tesla. There are two sensible reasons for that:
- The Model S was unveiled in 2009 and by the time the second-gen Roadster arrives, the design language that was introduced with the sedan, will be at least 10 years old. This will give the all-new model a rather outdated look, despite the redesign.
- It’s worth noting that the Roadster was the Tesla’s first production car and thus holds a significant position in the company’s heritage. Its successor could mark a leap to the future in terms of design and aerodynamics. The California-based EV-maker is expected do its best to give the customers something unique with the iconic model’s revival.
[Source: Top Speed]