Tesla is opening pre-orders for the Roadster… watch out, it stings!

you remember the Tesla Roadster † Tesla’s sports coupe was unveiled in 2017, yet, 5 years later, we’re still waiting for it! Indeed, the start of production of the vehicle has been postponed several times. What if Elon Musk hadn’t chosen it? launched a prototype aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Heavy into orbit a few years agoone would have thought the vehicle fell into oblivion.

Okay, so you want to pre-book the Tesla Roadster? No problem. Well… if you can afford it. Indeed, on the accompanying Tesla page we can read: “Reservations with Roadster require a deposit of €4,000 by credit card and a second payment of €39,000 by bank transfer within 10 days. Reservations are not final until payment has been received by bank transfer”. ouch.

Do you want to pre-order the Tesla Roadster? Deposit now €43,000, thank you.

Fortunately, these deposits are fully refundable, for example if the vehicle were to be delayed again, which wouldn’t necessarily be that surprising. But it is difficult to know who concretely is willing to deposit such an amount – knowing that, even in case of repayment, it is pure hoarding, without the slightest interest. Suffice it to say that in the absence of further information about the production schedule or the final price of the vehicle, your money would be better placed elsewhere, even though you can always get it back.

The retail price of the Tesla Roadster in France should start at 172,000 euros, the price of a Ferrari F430 Spider or a Lamborghini Gallardo, both on sale now (it’s up to you). We also note that this price is in the order of that of, for example, a Bentley Continental GT. The Roadster’s appeal clearly lies elsewhere: the model – 100% electric – not only promises incredible performance with a 0-100 km/h of just 2.1 seconds in which you sit in the seat, a top speed of 400 km/h , a torque of 10,000 Nm…

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But in addition, it delivers an autonomy never seen on this type of vehicle, on the order of a thousand kilometers. All these exceptional features undoubtedly explain the delays, especially since it is difficult to imagine that this type of luxury car seduces as much as a Model 3 or Model Y for example. Still, at this stage Tesla refuses to give even the smallest detail about the number of lucky ones who actually reserve the Roadster for this price. And that we will be very surprised if those who reserve their Roadster today will receive their vehicle before the end of 2023.

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