Saw My First Tesla
After all these years of hearing about, reading about and being in awe of the electric-powered Roadster, I saw my first Tesla the other day in my home town of Farnborough. I managed to snap the electric sports car in its "Thunder Grey" paint job from my dash cam.
Habitually, I wound down the window to listen to the sound of the sports car I was following but, being an electric vehicle, there wasn't a whisper...
I didn't get the chance to see the vehicle's legendary acceleration because we were stuck in quite heavy traffic and the speed limit here is 30 mph, but apparently the electric Roadster does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. My other car is a Legacy GT twin turbo and it's quite quick with a 0-60 of about 6.5 seconds, which isn't bad considering it's got an automatic gearbox.
If you're looking to buy a Tesla Roadster then you'll either have to buy a second hand one, because they stopped making them in 2011, or wait until the new model comes out next year, if reports are correct. Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, has said that a 2015 Roadster should be available to order by 2014.
But be prepared to dig deep - we found this lovely electric blue model for sale in Car & Classic magazine for the princely sum of £99, 950 - You could buy a one-bedroomed flat in Farnborough for that price!
Alternatively, Tesla still do a four-door Model S which seats 5 adults and an additional 2 children in the pop-up seating. Being geeky here, we love the 17 inch touch screen display in the centre of the dashboard [Which is as big as the laptop screen I'm working on now - Ed]
Keep your eyes peeled for future Tesla models using that same Model S chassis, including a utilitarian Model X SUV coming out next year and, if the rumours are to be believed, an electric soft top and an electric Tesla van.
To see the Tesla range for yourself go take a look at their official Tesla UK website.