...winter tires, carbon-fiber exterior styling flourishes, upgraded leather upholstery and extended interior leather trim. The Infotainment group adds a larger touchscreen interface, a navigation system, a rearview camera and a seven-speaker sound system with a subwoofer, satellite radio and HD radio. Powertrains and Performance: The 2011 Tesla Roadster is equipped with a 375-volt AC-induction air-cooled electric motor that produces 288 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The Sport gets a bump to 295 lb-ft of torque. Both come with a single-speed transmission. The base Roadster goes from...
...The base Roadster starts with the familiar 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. At 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, don’t expect acceleration-induced screams from your passengers, but since the Roadster weighs only about 2,700 pounds, it’s still quite zippy. The S turbocharges that same engine for 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Sixty extra horses and over 60 lb-ft of torque blended in make a big difference in this little guy, but if you want to make sure you’re the fastest novelty on the road, the JCW offers 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. An overboost option will even push the torque...
...Interior features include: Standard heated leather seats Optional microfiber cloth seats Optional full leather interior Optional navigation system Optional Infotainment Group with backup camera Standard iPod-compatible CD stereo Optional navigation system Under the Hood The rear-wheel-drive Roadster is powered by an air-cooled electric motor that makes 288 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque in base Roadster versions and 295 pounds-feet of torque in Sport versions. Peak torque is available from zero rpm, which is a boon for acceleration. The electric motor drives the wheels through a...
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