Next Tesla Roadster coming in 4 years, will go plaid

Tesla has its electric hands in lots of places these days, most notably with the Model S sedan that gets continuous updates from the factory, but also with upcoming vehicles like the Model X and Model 3. But the California-based automaker hasn't forgotten its roots, which can be traced back to the company's seminal Roadster model. And a new Roadster is reportedly in the works.

Buried in the press release for Tesla's humorously named Ludicrous upgrade for certain Model S sedans is a short blurb about the next Roadster. "There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid." Reference to one of the greatest roles ever played by Rick Moranis aside, a new Tesla Roadster has been long expected but not recently spoken of.

Confirmation of the next generation of the Tesla Roadster four years from now is great and all, but it leaves us wanting more details on the car's underpinnings, price and expected performance. Assuming Elon Musk means that going plaid, so to speak, is faster than going ludicrous, we'd naturally expect quicker acceleration from Roadster V.2 than the estimated 0-60 sprint of 3.3 seconds expected from the latest Model S P85D with the Ludicrous upgrade.

Diving a little deeper, we'd be shocked if Tesla chose to borrow chassis bits or production assistance from Lotus, which means the Roadster would ride on a platform designed and built by Tesla. Such a platform wouldn't likely be used only for one model, so a cut-down variant of an existing chassis is likely, not that we have any particular inside insight into the operations at Tesla. No matter. Isn't speculation fun?

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