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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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    Toyota unofficially teases TE-S800 plug-in hybrid roadster
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    We really want to party with the Toyota Engineering Society. With the mothership company showing a bunch of modifications at the Tokyo Auto Salon last month, that nutty engineering group used the event to unofficially show off its TE-S800 PHEV roadster, as you can see in the two-minute video below. The car is a plug-in hybrid that pairs the ...

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    George Clooney fell out of love with his Tesla Roadster
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    George Clooney can help a brand. He also has the potential to hurt a brand, says a commentator on Bloomberg TV's Weird Wall Street show. While Tesla Motors and its stock price are facing a lot of scrutiny right now after the third Model S fire, the Bloomberg TV segment doesn't mention the specific Tesla model that George Clooney was driving. It wasn't a ...

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    Report: Kia putting GT Concept into production, roadster concept due in Detroit
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    If you were enamored of the GT concept that Kia unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show two years ago, we've got good news for you. According to the latest reports, Kia is planning on putting it into production. The big question at this point is how closely the production model will shadow the four-door coupe concept. The svelte shape will undoubtedly have ...

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    Tesla Run pulls together 100 Model S, Roadster EVs for Sunday drive
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    Not to be left out of the recent green car parades going on around the glove – the 260.5-EV record in Norway or the Audi TDI "Truth In 48" drive, for example – Tesla is readying a flock of Model S and Roadster EVs for a 100-car parade later today. Called Tour de Tesla (as well as Tesla Run) the event starts a 9 a.m. in Hawthorne, CA and will ...

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    Concours d'Elegance of America gets first-ever EV display
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    A concours d'elegance (French for "parade of elegance") is a high-zoot, high-buck display of mostly pristine historic and collectible automobiles, most of them unaffordable to most of us. Probably the best known such events in the US are the nose-in-the-air Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, CA, the younger, fresher Amelia Island Concours north of ...

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    Roadster batteries likely to perform better than Tesla predicted
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    Once the epitome of EV cool, the Tesla Roadster has kind of taken a back seat to the new electric vehicles in the market it helped spawn. Turns out, even in the background, the Roadster has things to teach us. Or, at least it does to the experts at Plug In America who recently took a closer look at the EV's battery pack. See, in 2006, when the Roadster ...

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    Tesla Supercharger network goes nationwide, gets quicker [w/video]
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    For Model S drivers, Tesla Motors' oft-delayed Supercharger announcement was worth the wait. The electric vehicle company today explained how it will expand its network of high-speed electric vehicle charging stations across North America (and hinted that the technology will come to Europe and other areas in the future). The Supercharger roll out will ...

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    Official: Spartan V trackday racer finally ready for prime time [w/video]
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    A few things have changed since the Spartan V track car was announced almost three years ago. Back in 2010, the red open-top sportscar from Australia was slated to be a 661-pound apex-hugger with 170 horsepower coming from a 1,200-cc Ducati engine. The slinky red bodywork remains, but the engine now comes from Honda: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turns the ...

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    UK appeals court dismissed Tesla's BBC Top Gear lawsuit
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    Tesla Motors' efforts to clear allegations of reduced range on its electric cars just took another hit. A British appeals court dismissed a libel lawsuit filed by Tesla against the BBC's Top Gear show. The court rejected Tesla's appeal of a court decision last year that struck out its "libel and malicious falsehood" case against BBC. Tesla had asserted ...

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    Rumormill: Rolls-Royce mulling V16 roadster, SUV
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    Rolls-Royce may be working on a new, mega-powerful roadster for 2017. CAR reports the convertible would conceivably boast a V16 engine. Of course, the report gets a little muddled here, with CAR saying the engine would be very similar to that of the one that powers the Bugatti Veyron – the French machine makes use of a W16 mill. Even so, the article ...

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    Report: Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is sold out
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    Well, that happened quickly. The $441,600 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is, according to reports, already sold out in every market around the world until at least the middle of 2014. Boasting a 6.5-liter V12 that churns out a heady 690 horsepower, there's little wondering why the cars are so popular. But with its finicky carbon fiber rooflet, $3,700 gas ...

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    Plug In America wants to survey your Tesla Roadster battery
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    Plug In America has launched a second electric vehicle owner experience survey – this time with the Tesla Roadster. It follows a survey conducted last year among Nissan Leaf owners, which was utilized and acknowledged by Nissan as it dealt with unexpected battery capacity loss reported by Leaf owners in high temperature Arizona. Last year, Plug In ...

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    Video: Removing Lamborghini Aventador Roadster's top is quite a process
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    During an event for what we'll assume are potential buyers for the just-unveiled Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, a rep demonstrated the installation of the two-piece, 13-pound carbon fiber roof. Guests were told that two people could install both panels in less than a minute. Backing up the claim, it took the rep about two minutes to do it by ...

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    Official: Topless Bull: Lamborghini unveils Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster
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    This morning, Lamborghini has announced the newest member of its supercar family, the stunningly sexy Aventador LP700-4 Roadster. With more than 1,300 Aventador coupes sold to date, Lamborghini believes it will find strong demand for the convertible version. The Roadster's roof is a two-piece affair, made from carbon fiber and weighing in at just over 13 ...

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    Tesla will reportedly call new Roadster the 'Model R'
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    Whether you spell the word "rumor" in the US or "rumour" in the UK, this one's a good one. Tesla Motors is looking to make its upcoming version of its Roadster all-electric convertible faster than the original when it debuts to the public in 2017, UK's Auto Express "reports," citing unsorted rumors, or, er, rumors. The California-based automaker will ...

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    Lawsuits filed against Tesla stores in NY, MA
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    Questions about the legality of Tesla selling its electric vehicles in its own retail stores have been floating around since the days of the Roadster. Last week, the recent wranglings between auto dealer associations and Tesla stores in New York and Massachusetts were moved along in courts of law, proving once again that EVs won't arrive without ...

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    Tesla will take Roadster trade-ins for Model S
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    One would never mistake a shiny new tech-filled Tesla Motors dealership for a used-car lot, but with several years worth of Teslas already on the road, that notion is about to get very real. Those retreads will be pretty rarified, though. The California-based electric-vehicle maker is starting a buyback program in which owners of the company's first car, ...

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    Report: Dealers claim factory-owned Tesla stores are illegal
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    Unlike typical dealers, Tesla has a network of "stores" and "retail stores." While reservations can be made for a new Model S or Roadster at the retail store, Tesla says other versions of the store merely direct potential customers to make their reservation online. Most of these boutique-style stores are in shopping malls, and Tesla asserts that they are ...

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    Paris: 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata still brings a smile to our faces
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    Believe it or not, despite the fact that Mazda first unveiled its refreshed 2013 MX-5 Miata in July of this year, the 2012 Paris Motor Show in late September is the first time we've run across the iconic sports car in the metal. And so we wasted no time in filling our DSLRs with a full spate of images. As you can see, while we eagerly await the ...

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    Even after crash, Tesla Roadster makes it around the world in 80 days!
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    From "noooooooooo!!!!!!" to "yes!" That's the recent history of Rafael de Mestre and his attempt to be the first person to take a standard, production electric vehicle around the world. After playing catch-up with the Electric Odyssey duo and their Citroen C-Zero EV, de Mestre suffered a crash in Germany just 600 miles from the finish line. Undeterred, ...

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