The new four-seater boasts some absolutely ludicrous speed stats. When Musk rattled through the numbers onstage, he claimed that all of them have been achieved by the Roadster prototype, and they’d stand as new records for a production car.:
- 0 to 60 mph: 1.9 seconds
- 0 to 100 mph: 4.2 seconds
- Quarter mile: 8.9 seconds
- Top speed: Over 250 mph
Musk has been known to make outsized claims about his technology before exactly achieving them IRL, but the actual performance of his other all-electric vehicles borders on legendary. We’re more inclined to believe him when he claims the Roadster will be the fastest, quickest production car in the world than say, his statements that the Boring Company was granted permission to tunnel on the East Coast of the US — but the Roadster will still have to show what it can do in public to take the crown.
Once Tesla’s Roadster has a chance to show off the goods, it’ll come up against some seriously stiff competition. Here are the current leaders in each of the speed categories highlighted by Musk, which will hold tight to their records until the Roadster can beat them.
0 to 60 mph: Tesla Model S P100D
Current record: 2.28 seconds
Roadster edge: 0.38 seconds
The Roadster is bound to create a new family rivalry at its launch, since the only car that has ever recorded a faster 0 to 60 acceleration time is Tesla’s own Model S P100D. The high-end version of Tesla’s sedan hit the mark at 2.28 seconds in its top-level Ludicrous Easter egg Mode back in February.
0 to 100 mph: Dodge Demon
Current record: 5.1 seconds
Roadster edge: 0.9 seconds
Dodge’s throwback muscle car is being marketed as the world’s first street-legal production drag racer, so you know it’s bound to be fast. The Demon is so powerful that Automotive News even wants it banned from public roads, but it’s still made its way to dealerships. The Demon can’t match Tesla from 0 to 60 mph — but it has the electric cars (and everyone else) beat from 0 to 100 mph, reaching the mark in just 5.1 seconds.
Quarter Mile: Dodge Demon
Current record: 9.65 seconds
Roadster edge: 0.75 seconds
The top spot for the quarter mile goes to: the Demon again. The tricked-out Challenger hit the mark at an National Hotrod Association (NHRA)-certified 9.65 seconds, reaching a top speed of 140.09 mph.
Top Speed: Koenigsegg Agera RS
Current record: 277.9 mph
Roadster edge: ????
Swedish hypercar Koenigsegg Agera RS is the current holder of the title for fastest production car by top speed. The stylish two-door is more limited than the other cars on the list — only 25 will be produced — but it’s still considered a production vehicle. Elon Musk declined to share the maximum speed of the Roadster at the Tesla Semi event, declaring that it’ll top out “over 250 mph.” The electric monster will have to be almost 30 mph faster than promised to take the crown from Koenigsegg, which set the record earlier this month at 277.9 mph.
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