2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.Enlarge Photo
Though it's now out of production, the all-electric 2008-2011 Tesla Roadster will go down in history--just as James Bond has done.
Its jaw-dropping, battery-powered performance rockets the driver and one passenger toward the horizon in eerie silence, broken only by an electric whine, tire noise, and the rushing wind.
(Much easier to listen for the telltale sound of that black helicopter chasing you, eh, 007?)
And while the Roadster was crude, cramped, and not overly blessed with storage space, it was really all about performance.
It's just the kind of car to slingshot Bond away from the grim, relentless, black-suited henchmen of whichever evil archvillain he battles in the next movie or two.
We suspect Q's eyes might light up as he contemplated the 53 kilowatt-hours of lithium-ion cells stuffed into a battery box just behind the driver and passenger.
Small, detachable rail gun, anyone?
And while its provenance is American, the Tesla Roadster--or at least its rolling shell--was even built in Britain, at the Hethel plant of Lotus Cars.
What more could a tough and deadly English secret agent ask for?