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Living with the Tesla Roadster Sport: One week in an electric light orchestra

After finally getting myself situated in the back of the Boeing, I notice the lady to my left wearing a Tesla fleece. As fate, the alignment of the stars and unbridled dumb luck would have it, I was seated next to Rachel Konrad, Tesla's Senior Manager of Communications... for the next 10 hours. After exchanging pleasantries, discussing each other's plans for the Frankfurt Motor Show and getting acquainted, the topic of conversation naturally turned to cars, and the Tesla Roadster, in particular. "It's not just about performance," an overly animated Konrad told me. "What journalists... Read More

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    Geneva Motor Show: Pagani Zonda F
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    Click on the image above to view 29 high-resolution images So many have tried to independently build exotic supercars, but few have succeeded so remarkably as Horacio Pagani. The Argentinian-Italian once worked for Lamborghini, and gradually split off until giving birth to the Zonda, designed and built in house with input from such big names as Dallara, ...

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    AutoblogGreen Podcast #1
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    It's finally here! The very first AutoblogGreen Podcast! Sebastian and Sam talk about some of the green highlights from this week's Geneva Motor Show, including the new diesels from Cadillac, Mazda, and Subaru, and the Subaru R1e electric car. The new Honda Small Hybrid Sports Concept could be a fun, green successor to the old CRX and the Insight and the ...

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    Bertone's 95th anniversary roadster concept
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    Bertone is cooking up something special for the Geneva show next month and has graced us with this photo of what's in store. This sharp-looking little roadster is based on the Fiat Panda 100HP -- that pumped-up little city car that's been lauded as more fun than a barrel of monkeys. In fact, the only thing not to like about the Panda 100HP is the styling, ...

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    Super-rare Lamborghini finds a new home
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    For the 1968 Brussels Motor Show, legendary design house Bertone took the wraps off of the Lamborghini Miura Roadster. The Miura, one of the earliest exotic supercars, was first unveiled at Turin in 1965 with a body designed by Nuccio Bertone, so who better than him to chop off the roof? Like other Lambo roadsters since, the Bertone Miura was really more of ...

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    Tesla's Martin Eberhard wraps up the Detroit Auto Show
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    Over on the official Tesla Motors blog, CEO Martin Eberhard has a new blog post where he summarizes his impressions of the Detroit Auto Show. Eberhard noticed that lithium ion batteries seemed to be everywhere this year, in spite of the fact that not so long ago, most car-makers said that LiIon may not be right for cars. He seemed unimpressed by the Ford ...

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    ROUSH Roadster: Super-limited, super-cool
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    Click for 4 additional high-res photosAt SEMA this year ROUSH introduced the Roadster, a head-turning droptop 'Stang that is now available through authorized retailers. If you want one of the two-tone beauties, you'd better get to it, because ROUSH is only building 100 of 'em, and Jack sure sounds like he's going to keep one for himself (see the attached ...

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    LA Auto Show: 5 minutes with Tesla engineer JB Straubel
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    The chief technical officer at Tesla Motors tells AutoblogGreen that 10 to 15 more test prototypes will be built next month as the company prepares to start manufacturing the much talked-about electric roadster in mid-2007. "We'll be finalizing the last changes we want to make from the first batch to the second," says JB Straubel, who was promoting the ...

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    LA Auto Show: Audi TT Roadster
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    Amidst a group of somber-looking Germans and a duo of small screen stars, Audi unveiled its next generation TT Roadster. Deciding on a soft-top setup versus the en vogue hard top configuration, Audi maintains that driving dynamics have been enhanced by its lightweight construction. To make sure the center of gravity is optimally distributed, Audi employed ...

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    Officially Official: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster revealed at last
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    Click to enlargeLate last month, VIPs got a sneak peek, and today Aston Martin officially pulled the wraps off its new V8 Vantage Roadster for the rest of us to enjoy. The subject of innumerable spy photos and fanboy drooling, the beautiful baby Aston's looks are made even better when its triple-layer top is neatly stowed under its hard tonneau. Should the ...

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    Add a little carbon fiber to your Z4's diet
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    TC Kline Racing debuted its Carbon Roadster at last year's SEMA, but we thought it was worth revisiting since we ourselves had never visited it before. The Ohio based tuner has taken a BMW Z4 M roadster and faithfully reskinned it entirely in carbon fiber, effectively shaving 500 lbs. off of the car's weight in one very expensive fell swoop. It still looks ...

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    New York Auto Show: 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP high-res photos
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    If you're looking for some high-resolution photos of the upcoming Pontiac Solstice GXP, we've got you covered. We caught the screaming yellow roadster on display in New York and snapped a few shots for your enjoyment. If you're interested in the 260 HP turbo Ecotec that resides under the hood, stay tuned, as we'll be taking a deep dive into ...

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