• Aug 20th 2009 at 10:00AM
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Tesla Roadster Sport - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been seven months since Tesla first announced its intentions to build the Roadster Sport, a higher performing version of its electric sportscar. Seemingly many moons later, the Silicon Valley-based automaker has finally offered up some real high-res images of the EV along with more details explaining what makes the Sport extra special.

First and foremost, the Sport's hand-wound electric motor adds a bit more oomph to the already quick Roadster, taking off two-tenths of a second in the rush to 60 mph (it now checks in at just 3.7 seconds). Also included are bare carbon fiber hood louvers and rear spoiler, a push-button transmission selector to replace the aluminum shift knob and a central touch screen that displays estimated range along with the total number of oil barrels saved over a fossil-fueled automobile. That's worth the $20K price increase itself, don't 'cha think?

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[Source: Tesla]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that is the coolest thing I have ever seen

      • 6 Years Ago
      It is just me or this thing is ugly as hell? :oO
      • 6 Years Ago
      Needs a smoother roof line than the greenhouse one it has. Otherwise it's pretty nice looking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "That's worth the $20K price increase itself, don't 'cha think?"

      Uh, no.
        • 6 Years Ago
        $120,000 worth of fugly. Yeech!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Succinctly put, yet brilliant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Half a billion dollars of federally subsidized loan at work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, this design is tired and old. Time for a change.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Tesla should be congratulated for coming out with a new model that doesn't make current owners feel bad about their purchase. They clearly don't want to repeat the disastrous mistakes of companies like Apple and Canon by improving products and upsetting early adopters. ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      As of today I'm copyrighting the ideas of "ugly" and "too expensive" as they pertain to comments on Autoblog. I'll charge a $0.01 royalty, and make twenty dollars a day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate the roof lines, especially around the windows. Looks really retarded.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All that $ for a rebadged battery powered Lotus. So many other cars I would buy for the same or less money. The "Musk" is wearing off on this ride as time goes on. They need their sedan launched and quick as you can only survive so long offering a 2 seat toy that sits as third or fourth choice in the garage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugly as sin. Put a bullet in it, and do the world a favor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've got to agree. 20k for what?

      Not worth it. At all..
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