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By Samuel R. Avro on Jan 11, 2009 with no responses

Tesla’s Souped-Up Roadster Sport Available For Order

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The zero-emissions Roadster Sport, a high-performance energy efficient electric sports car which can achieve 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, has been made available for order today by its manufacturer, Tesla Motors.

Based on their all-electric Roadster, the modified Roadster Sport adds some zing to an already high performance energy efficient vehicle.

Compared with 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds for the standard Roadster, the Roadster Sport can achieve that acceleration in just 3.7 seconds. It also features improved suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars that can be fine-tuned to the driver’s preference. Other perks include, a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque. The Roadster Sport also comes equipped with Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires.

“This car can beat nearly anything in its price class – yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans,” said Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing. “If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option.”

Unlike most electric vehicles which have a maximum range of 50-60 miles per charge, the Roadster offers 220 miles after an overnight charge. A full charge once the battery is dead can take up to 3.5 hours when using the at-home High Power Connector unit.

There is also an optional mobile connector which can be stored in the trunk of the car and used on the road for an emergency recharge. The mobile connector is capable of recharging the car while plugged in to most standard electrical outlets.

The San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla has delivered more than 150 Roadsters to customers, and about 1,100 people are on the waiting list. Customers who haven’t taken delivery may upgrade to the Roadster Sport, the company said in a press release announcing the availability of the upgraded version.

“The Roadster Sport embodies Tesla’s spirit of continuous improvement,” said CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. “The Roadster has been a great success, but no one at this company remains satisfied with the status quo.”

The Roadster Sport starts at $128,500 in the United States, with delivery slated to begin in late June.