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Note: this take of the Tesla Roadster is on our drive of a US-spec car and is brought to you as of CNET Australia ‘s Day coverage. Tesla has yet to announce any to import the Roadster into or, even, build it in right-hand

Every automotive journalist who a Tesla comes away with the car’s power, and we can say the after taking the car out on a quick near the company’s Menlo store don’t call it a or dealership in California.


In mode, the car exhibits powerful and torque delivery, even at With this little top roadster cruising at 105km/h on a we mashed the accelerator (don’t it a gas pedal) and got a powerful push in the that sent the car quickly up to The Tesla’s push is unique sports cars though. other high-steppers, such as the BMW M3, you feel a kick in the back every gear shift, the delivers a strong, steady when you put your foot on the pedal. That’s because the we drove featured Powertrain that replaces the two-speed from the previous model a single-speed unit.

Yes, Tesla patterns after tech companies, so the gets a version designation.

In Tesla, as in other electric we’ve driven, the act of driving is simple: move the shifter Neutral to Drive, and you’re forward. Push the accelerator if you to go faster and hit the brakes if you want to The only real difference, the fact that the Tesla a lot faster than other cars, is that taking foot off the accelerator at speeds than 65km/h makes the car down as if you were applying pressure on the brakes. That’s the powertrain in operation, using the momentum to generate electricity for the pack.

The Tesla also has regenerative but you don’t need to use them too with the side benefit of frequent brake maintenance.

from Performance mode are a few other modes, such as and Range, selectable via a little that’s rather inconveniently down by the driver’s left Being an electric car, the driving range will drastically depending on driving These different modes set energy-wasting characteristics, such as and speed, so a car in Range mode offer near the amount of as in Performance mode, but should its officially rated range of

Naturally Tesla’s representatives on putting the car into Performance during journalist drives.

As for the handling, well, you can thank for its precise steering and excellent capabilities. Lotus builds the for these cars essentially a Elise and then ships to Tesla’s plant, where the is added.


It’s not all and honey though. For one, the feel a little light, they wouldn’t provide the of slowing power you’d on a track or in an emergency. And two, the feels softer than you get in a Lotus Elise, as if Tesla a more comfortable ride for the well-heeled clientele.

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The Tesla is about 320kg than a Lotus Elise, and you that weight while Much of the weight gain is to the 450kg Lithium-ion battery sits behind the passenger Tesla strips out extra elsewhere around the car, most notably in having the panels made from fibre, as opposed to the fibreglass on the Lotus.

Although the Tesla’s (AU$153,000) price tag may seem it’s the cheapest car in the US with an fibre body. Tesla brags that the Roadster is a lot than a Ferrari, but with performance. Well, in the land of Fries, a Chevy Corvette or GT-R is substantially cheaper the Tesla. However, where you come out ahead in a Tesla is in and running costs.

Charging it up overnight costs compared with the ever-fluctuating for petrol, and there are fewer parts in the Tesla.

The electric about the size of a watermelon, have injectors, camshafts, or gaskets, some of many that can go bad on a petrol or diesel car. The day we were at the Tesla a few cars were in for maintenance, but all was required for that was a firmware

One of the most fascinating things the car is that as battery technology the entire battery pack be replaced more easily you could replace the engine in a And new battery technology is likely to be and have greater power That means substantially performance characteristics for the car, as more range, better and a higher top speed.


It might be pricey and to sale in the US and Europe, but the Roadster is an glimpse into our, electric car future. Battery sure has come a long way GM’s ill-fated EV1.


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