I've been following Tesla for about 4 years, maybe a bit more. About 4 years ago I visited the Tesla headquarters in San Carlos and was given a ride in (but not allowed to drive) one of the four existing engineering prototype Roadsters. It had a two-speed transmission, but low gear was disabled due to problems. (I was adamant that a transmission was a bad idea.) The car was fast, and it was cool, but it was uncomfortable to sit in, and the battery cooling system was loud. Wait time was unknown, and I decided it was not the car for me.
I bought a Zap Xebra instead, and it's been a fun little car. It's been my daily driver and I've put on thousands of electric miles since I got it. But it only goes 35 mph on level ground, and struggles to get up hills. With an aftermarket LiFePO4 battery pack it's got a 40-mile range, though it's better for the batteries to not go below 20% SoC. It's been a nice car.
Today I flew to Seattle and drove a 2.5 Roadster Sport. As the thread title says: WOW!!! I expected to dislike having the regen on the go pedal. I wanted the regen on the brake pedal. But within 5 minutes I was feeling very comfortable with it. And, boy, does it move! (Well, most of you reading this already know that.) The car was really quite comfortable to sit in, the opposite of the prototype four years ago, though it's still awkward to get in and out of. Even in range mode the car was like a jackrabbit on crack. I never put it in performance mode.
This is not intended as a review of the car, just an expression of enthusiasm. I've been committed to electric for several years, and the Roadster is an amazing car. In the end, I bought number 1117, presently in Chicago, and due to be shipped to me. Five to ten days, depending on whether expedited shipping can be arranged. It's a non-sport model with few options. The only options are premium paint (bright orange) and the "infotainment group" which I'd happily have passed on, but it's what the car had. All the other available cars had far more options, and correspondingly higher prices for stuff I didn't need or want. I'd actually have bought a Nissan Leaf if they'd delivered it any of the half dozen times they promised me. But I finally got tired of waiting for a car that Nissan seemed to have no intention of ever delivering, which was why I decided to make the trip to drive the Tesla. Let me say thank you to Nissan for being such a crummy company, and breaking so many promises, since I know I'm going to be much happier with the Roadster than I'd have been with the boring old Leaf and its measly 85 mile range.
Now I won't be able to sleep for anxiety as I wait for the car to arrive.
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