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Technology as advanced as the Tesla's doesn't come cheaply. While the company has plans to unveil increasingly less expensive models in the future, the Roadster 2.5 has to carry the cost of innovation. The 6-figure price tag buys a cutting-edge lithium-ion battery pack, a top speed of 125 mph and a maximum 200 miles per charge. This type of electric-only performance is simply not available in any other vehicle on the road.
Changes for the 2011 Tesla Roadster, now dubbed the 2.5, include a new front fascia and revised grille, aerodynamic add-ons and a restyled rear diffuser. Extra sound insulation has been added to the cockpit to eliminate road noise and the company has improved the power-control hardware to improve hot-weather performance.
The Tesla Roadster 2.5's drivetrain is different from almost any car that's come before. It consists of only three major parts: a motor, a controller and a battery pack. The base motor makes 185 kW, which is equivalent to 248 hp in a gasoline-powered engine. The Sport model makes 215 kW, or 288 hp.
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