Elon Musk has seen his company in the spotlight a lot lately after a series of controversial tweets culminating in his announcement a few days ago that Tesla might go private. For Tesla enthusiasts, though, none of this is what really matters. As the deadline for the reveal of the new Tesla Roadster draws closer, fans are eager to spot any news about its upcoming features. And Musk has provided some information on those, too.
Tesla Roadster 2020 Set to Headline Impressive Model Roster
The Tesla Roadster 2020 is looking like the new flagship vehicle of the company, after Models S, 3 and X. The new car is set to launch in 2020 and will be able to reach 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds and 100 mph in just 4.2 seconds, while it will be able to go over 250 mph and drive for roughly 620 miles with a single charge. The base price will be $200,000. Tesla is a pioneer in the field of electric cars, which many regard as the future. Their current focus on Model 3 seems to have paid off, as it has crushed the competition. In July 2018, it sold 16,000 units, while BMW’s 2, 3, 4 and 5 Series sold a combined 12,811, Mercedes luxury models sold 11,835 units, Audi’s reached 9,282 and Lexus a decent 4,382 cars.
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Is Tesla the Future of Self-Driving Cars?
Tesla is also highly invested in developing self-driving technology, although it seems that these cars still have a long way to go to reach full operational autonomy. One of the biggest concerns for self-driving cars is the possibilities they open up for hackers, and if you have a grasp of what malware is then you can easily understand why. Self-driving cars like Tesla rely on software and updates to function autonomously, which means that if cyber-criminals dispatch malicious software that successfully infiltrates the system exploiting its vulnerabilities, it could lead to data theft, crippling of the driving system, or even taking control of the vehicle. The popularity of ransomware-type attacks online could come to such cars too, with criminals locking them to owners until the owner pays “ransom” to regain access. Perhaps some of the resources that would have made the new Roadster 2020 available sooner had to be directed towards working on the self-driving tech that will power Tesla cars in the near future.
Will Production Design Be Better than Expected?
Yet for now the future seems bright as everyone is focusing on the new design details of Roadster 2020. In a tweet on August 11th, Musk announced that the production design of the new model will be better, particularly when it comes to the details. The exterior of the prototype unveiled last year was visually stunning, and its interior did not lag behind by any means. With a steering wheel that alluded to its Formula 1 counterpart, a center screen and smooth overall design, the interior left many Tesla aficionados happier than anticipated. Even though that was the concept vehicle and Musk clarified that their funding priorities are currently set elsewhere, he did promise a “better” production design, which means a lot coming from him. After all, he has been talking about a “spaceship” interior for a while now – and even announced recently that the new Roadster 2020 would have “rocket thrusters”.
Hey @elonmusk and @woodhaus2, do you guys already know how close the interior of the production version will be to the concept interior? Because I can’t stop staring at those images. That’s a spaceship. pic.twitter.com/tbQRCLhMwo
— Fred Lambert (@FredericLambert) 11 August 2018
It is certain that as we move closer to the launch date, more and more details about the Roadster’s design will be revealed – and if the concept model is indicative, we are looking forward to great things.