Tesla revives Roadster with a range of 620 miles

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Leave it to Elon Musk to know how to play to an audience.

At the end of the global unveiling of Tesla’s forthcoming long-haul Semi truck Thursday night at the company’s Hawthorne facility outside Los Angeles here, the CEO pulled a $250,000 trick out of his sleeve: the second-generation Tesla Roadster.

A surprise to the entire audience and many Tesla employees, the all-wheel-drive supercar harkens back to the company’s roots; it was the original Roadster that Tesla used to crack into the automotive world in 2008.

Just under a decade later, its successor comes just when Tesla needs the morale boost — and the cash — that will come with such an attention-grabbing model.

Fully-refundable deposits of $50,000 are being taken immediately, Tesla said. The full price of the base model: $200,000.

The first 1,000 Roadsters will be in the Founder’s Series and will cost $250,000, all of which is due in deposit form immediately upon order.

The specs of the Roadster are remarkable, even for an electric vehicle. It will be all-wheel-drive via three electric motors, seat two adults and two kids and feature a removable roof.



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