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Road Test: 2011 Roadster 2.5 Sport [Review]

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Who the electric car? Nobody. The Roadster Sport is, unapologetically, an car, and it is more likely to than it is to be killed. Its victims?

Fer raris, Porsch es, and hopped-up Sub all left for dead in the streets of the jungle by the impossibly instant response from its 265-horsepower motor.

Start from You’re wedged into a but reasonably comfortable cockpit. If you can get a Honda S2000, you can probably get a Tesla; if you can get into a Lotus you can absolutely get into a Tesla, the frame rails are similar, but lower in the case of the former.

the radio playing but the climate turned off here in downtown the Tesl’s instrument panel a one-amp draw from the of lithium-ion batteries on board. One amp much; in a moment or two, be drawing nearly four

There’s a parked car up ahead in our and a furious-looking cab driver next to us. He over. The light turns

There’s a screech of tires his Crown Victoria, but we hear it because we’re already two feet ahead and moved into his lane. The taxi is cursing his mount, but there’s no Only a dedicated all-wheel-drive special, such as a Switzer or Ruf 997 Turbo, can hang with car in a short-distance sprint.

This is an car, but it isn’t silent. an eerie howl from the as we accelerate into the irresponsibility on the speedometer. The Roadster Sport’s transmission is limited to one hundred and miles per hour, but it isn’t shy reaching that speed. before then, you’ll be by wind noise -from the from the loose-fitting windows, the gaps in the doors.

Even at reasonable freeway you’ll want to divert a few to the outstanding sound system.

you could spend those bouncing your passenger’s against the seat over and again, hopping on and off the throttle a pre-teen misusing a golf No internal-combustion street car has ever had an instantaneous response. Motorcycle like to talk about the torque from a 1000cc

I’ve ridden those and all I can say is that it’s grossly to even compare the two. you twist the throttle on a big-bore the butterfly plate opens, air rushes in, and more fuel is It happens fast, but there’s involved.

By contrast, the Tesla up and goes when you floor the Let’s say floor the wattage. Off it No warning, no regrets. Summoning the performance requires poking at a on the tiny center console.

Poke it once and it changes to Max extending the Tesl’s reach to 200 miles between charges if lucky. Poke it again and it Performance. This screen-poking is unsatisfying.

Yes, you’re changing an electronic setting, as an Android phone or point-of-sale but there should be some of physical switch that at what you’re about to Maybe a big knife switch, like what you’d use to on the power for a skyscraper. Or a set of machined-aluminum on sliders, in the fashion of the old biplanes. them all the way to the console to unleash the with a satisfying clunk.

to the wall.

No matter. If you want involvement from your you can get it through the steering column. no power steering. In the donor Elise, this rarely the driver; in this considerably car, it can be a bit of a forearm workout to There’s also some satisfying feedback, by which I kickback, in fast corners.

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This isn’t a back-road Too much mass for the platform and the AP discs have to fight the regeneration mechanism built the motor.

This is a car for the urban cut and not the Tail Of The Dragon, although sure you’d surprise superbikes accelerating out of the turns. not an electric Elise. It’s completely different.

Could it be a car?

It’s hard to a vehicle of this size and appointment as a luxury car, but certainly a luxury product. It well over $120,000 and extremely rare. More the lack of engine noise it a uniquely soothing way to sit in traffic. If you a stop-and-go commute, this is the way to it tolerable.

The electric motor and analog interfaces make it possible to each crawl of the traffic a pharmacist’s precision. You’re not gas just sitting there; you’re drawing a miniscule of power from a massive Compared to the incompetently-orchestrated friction-burn of a transmission in a downtown jam, is pure mechanical Nirvana.

that oh-so-rare hole in the lane appears, your Sport will simply into it, no fuss, no muss. If you can see a you can get to that gap. With any there’s a power plug at your destination.

Using the from a motel air conditioner, I was to bring the Tesla from drained to nearly full Luckily, it wasn’t particularly hot night.

There are a few aspects to an electric car that we haven’t covered. Range anxiety, cost, future upgradeability. All of may apply in spades to products the Nissan Leaf, but with the they are no more relevant the price of synthetic oil is to a Ferrari You’re not buying the Tesla to money.

Hell, you’re probably not buying it to save gas. vehicle is its own reward. Tell friends: The electric car has never more alive.

Words by Baruth. Photos by Nick Video by Matt Sargent and Aziz.

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