The second-generation Tesla Roadster was unveiled late in 2017, promising all-new styling for the electrical automobile maker’s 2+2 sports activities automobile that’s constructed on a bespoke platform, in contrast to the 2006 original that was primarily based on the Lotus Elise. This was introduced in Might final 12 months to be placed on the again burner with a purpose to prioritise the Model Y and the Cybertruck, Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned on the time.

In accordance with Musk’s response to a query, it now seems essentially the most low-slung of Teslas is on a tangible timeline, the CEO stating that engineering work for the automobile is about for completion this 12 months, with a working, drivable prototype , whereas manufacturing is about to begin in 2022, in accordance with his tweet.

The CEO’s tweet acknowledged that work on the Roadster’s tri-motor drive system and superior battery have been key developments that wanted to be tackled to ensure that the electrical sports activities automobile venture to maneuver onwards.

Fairly a job to be tackled, too, given the lofty efficiency numbers claimed for the brand new Roadster. That is set to deal with a 200 kWh battery pack that yield a claimed wheel torque of 10,000 Nm (sure, 5 figures), although with out a horsepower ranking; a claimed 0-97 km/h time of 1.9 seconds and a high pace of 402 km/h is on the playing cards.

For comparability, Tesla claims the 2021 Model S in three-motor Plaid type with 1,020 hp will do 0-96 km/h in 1.99 seconds and a high pace of 320 km/h, whereas the 2021 Model X with an equivalent output will do 0-96 km/h in 2.5 seconds and a high pace of 262 km/h.

Remaining within the new mannequin queue forward of the Roadster is the Cybertruck, which Musk hopes to start with just a few customer deliveries by the end of this year. “If we fortunate we’ll have the ability to do just a few deliveries in direction of the tip of this 12 months, nonetheless we anticipate quantity manufacturing to start in 2022,” he mentioned of the Cybertruck.

GALLERY: Tesla Roadster, second-generation