Tesla delays new Roadster until 2023, but there’s a big ‘if’

Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla has delayed the new Roadster program to 2023, and even then, it’s only going to happen with a big “if”.

The new electric hypercar is now three years behind its original timeline.

When unveiling the next-generation Tesla Roadster for the first time in 2017, Musk said it would hit the market in 2020.

At the unveiling event, Tesla started taking reservations for the impressive electric supercar with 0-60 mph and more than 600 miles of range.

Those who wanted to be first in line to receive the vehicle had to put in between $50,000 and $250,000 in deposits.

The vehicle program was later delayed, as the CEO said it was not a priority for Tesla.

In 2020, Musk hinted at the Tesla Roadster being delayed until 2022 as the automaker focuses on Cybertruck.

Earlier this year, the CEO confirmed that the new vehicle won’t actually hit the market until 2022.

We haven’t heard much about the new Tesla Roadster all year and suspect it may be delayed again. The automaker had a rough year due to chip shortages, and Cybertruck, which is clearly a priority, has also been delayed.

When asked about the timeline for the Roadster today, Musk confirmed that it has now been delayed to 2023.

Beyond that, he explained that it would also depend on whether 2022 would prove not to have a lot of drama, which is huge if:

2021 has been a year of super crazy supply chain crunch, so it doesn’t matter if we have 17 new products, because none will ship. Assuming 2022 isn’t a mega drama, the new Roadster should ship in 2023.

Tesla is touting the new Roadster as a ‘halo’ vehicle to replace fossil fuel-powered supercars as the world’s most powerful vehicle.

When the vehicle was first unveiled, Tesla boasted a list of extremely impressive specs for the new Roadster, including 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a range of 620 miles, and more.

However, the CEO quickly said that the crazy specs announced in 2017 for the new electric hypercars are only “base specs.”

Musk later revealed that Tesla plans to introduce a “SpaceX package” with cold air thrusters around the vehicle to boost performance.

Recently, Musk claimed that the package would increase the Tesla Roadster’s 0-60 mph time by just 1.1 seconds.

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