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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Roadster Upgrade Gives Distance, Not Speed

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Tesla Motors Inc will let you get 400 miles out of your Roadster, but only if you pony up the $29,000 it costs to replace the entire battery in the sports car. The Roadster 3.0 package will give users a 35 percent bump in range.

Tesla Motors Inc Roadster upgradeThe 400 mile number will only work in the best of conditions says Tesla Motors, but user should be able to get 300 miles out of the car with relative ease. That means the Roadster will go further than the Model S, at least under normal conditions, though it can’t match up in other areas.

Tesla Motors makes the Roadster go further

The Tesla Motors Roadster 3.0 package will boost the range of the firm’s sports car, but it’s not going to bring the advanced features of the Model S to the older design. The $29,000 price tag won’t net a Roadster driver an upgrade to Ludicrous speed meaning the Roadster will still be outpaced by the Model S.

It’s clear that the Model S, and the newest arrival the Model X, are the key cars that Tesla Motors Inc will focus on for the time being, but the firm isn’t leaving Roadster drivers behind in the dust, at least not unless they’re racing a Model S.

Ludicrous acceleration isn’t likely in the Roadster because it’s a rear-wheel drive Tesla. The Model S relies on its dual motors to give that kind of performance.

The price tag is hefty, but it does something for Roadster owners that other car firms simply won’t do for their buyers. It allows them to refresh their sports car and improve its performance while keeping the model they love.

Until we see a true successor to the Roadster, something Elon Musk has hinted at, EV sports car buyers will be well taken care of by the Tesla Motors team. Given the range of competing EV sports cars set to arrive in the coming years, that should keep those owners on Tesla’s side.

Tesla Motors Roadster follows Musk time

The Roadster 3.0 was promised to owners of the sports car last December, and, though Elon has mentioned it since, this is the first time we’ve gotten much in the way of concrete detail. Those looking to upgrade their Tesla Motors Roadster can do so for a $5,000 deposit, but it’s not clear when the actually work will begin.

That’s likely to frustrate some Roadster owners, but as always with Tesla fans if the end product is worth it the wait will be forgotten almost as soon as it’s over.

The Model X, which saw its Design Studio open on Tuesday, now has most of the attention of the Tesla Motors team. The first units of the car are supposed to arrive before the end of the month.

There’s no telling when the first Roadster 3.0 upgrades will be finished. That won’t matter all that much to those with stock in the firm anyway. Tesla Motors sold very few units of the Roadster when it was on the market, and it no longer sells the Sports Car. For the next six months, and more, it’s all about the Model X.

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