Tesla brought the Roadster prototype to its Autonomy day and it even allowed attendees to get inside the vehicle, which is extremely rare.
It gave us our first look at the Tesla next-gen Roadster back seats and door system.
When Tesla unveiled the Roadster prototype last year, CEO Elon Musk claimed a list of insanely impressive specs including 0-60 mph in 1.9 sec, 620-mile of range, and more.
But what was even more surprising to some is that he said it would actually be a four-seater with back seats – something quite rare for supercars.
Even though the Roadster prototypes had quite a few outings since the unveiling in 2017, we’ve never had a good look at the back seat on the working prototype until now.
Now Hamid Shojaee, who attended Tesla’s Autonomy Day, released an interesting video of the next-gen Roadster including a look at the backseat:
A little video of the @Tesla roadster. #AutonomyDay pic.twitter.com/kp09GjBWN4
— Hamid Shojaee (@hamids) April 22, 2019
It’s a system that Tesla hasn’t implemented in any other car yet. It has only been seen on this next-gen Roadster prototype so far.
But the most interesting part of the video is the quick look at the backseat:
We didn’t get to see much, but it was enough to verify just how small they are, which was to be expected.
The back seats are apparently only available for the base version of the vehicle because CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla also plans to offer a “SpaceX package”, which will include cold air thrusters powered by a system of air pumps and tanks that would take up the space for the backseat.
Tesla is trying to bring the vehicle to market by 2020 and make it the quickest and fastest production car on the market – and it just happens to be all-electric.
The automaker is currently taking reservations for the $200,000 base version with an insane $50,000 deposit and the $250,000 Founders Series for an even more insane $250,000 deposit.
As you probably know, I won a couple of Roadsters through Tesla’s referral program and I have started to think about the configuration that I’d want.
Personally, I don’t think I’d go for the back seats.
While it’s impressive that Tesla managed to fit those in a hypercar, they really look too small for adults. They would only really make sense for children and if the SpaceX package removes them anyway, I think it’s an easy choice.
Though I like the idea of the back seats as additional cargo space, but we don’t know about the rest of the cargo space with and without the SpaceX package.
There are still more questions to answer.
What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
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