What would I like to see?
Keep it convertible, keep it a two seater. Rear wheel drive is fine, though I wouldn't object to AWD as long as it doesn't add too much weight, cost and complexity. Keep the car small, though it doesn't necessarily have to be as small as the first series.
Make it less "supercar", less exotic, more livable -- less like a Lotus Elise, more like a Mazda Miata. (Or more like a Corvette, for that matter.) Easier to get in and out. More ground clearance. Better visibility all around. Quicker and easier to put the top up and down.
I assume it will be designed with the batteries in the floor pan, which is all good. I assume battery technology will be further refined by then, so I'm not concerned about range -- I'm sure it'll be more than adequate. I'm not wedded to carbon fiber, and I would like to see it be a lot more affordable.
Styling? My biggest advice would be to throw out the rule book and pay no attention whatsoever to today's ridiculous trends. This is not an era of beautiful cars, so why copy the competition's mistakes? If it were up to me, I'd start with the shape of a 1970s Corvette Stingray, then melt away all the sharp edges (but keep the curves!) and give it the Luigi Colani style biological aerodynamic treatment. But that's just me, and is surely not the only possible approach.
My hopes? I'd love to see something like the R8, but I don't think that's Franz's style. What about that aggressive Model S mockup from ages back?
*edit* found it!! Reminds me of a Nissan GT-R, but not a *horrible* base to work from. Much too angular for Franz though
And this from leftlanenews could make a decent bluestar:
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Visibility: Doesn't seem much worse than the Miata, Z4, and Boxster. Obviously with their tops down those others have better visibility. Before I first test drove a Roadster, I had, incorrectly, expected the visibility to be very bad due to the small rear window and the body sloping from the back of the top to the rear (of course I expect I would have had a different reaction if I'd never owned an other types of roadsters).
Easier to get in and out: You've got me with you there. That was my biggest concern before my first test drive: that entry/exit would be unreasonable for a big guy. It was definitely very tough the first few times, but I tried entry/exit several times at the 2 test drive events that I went to and finally decided that it wasn't unreasonable for a daily driver. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to get in an Elise with the top on.
It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
- Ferris Bueller about the 1961 Ferrari 250GT Spyder California
- Me about the Tesla Roadster
I live my life 240 [ideal] miles at a time.
- Paraphrasing Dom in The Fast and the Furious
OK, now I see why you were confused. I never said that the new Roadster should look anything like a Miata or a (modern) Corvette. I was using those as examples of how it should drive and function -- less as a high-strung "exotic" and more as a popular sports car that's easy to drive and live with. Styling is a completely different topic.Mazda Miatas aren't progressive or eye-catching these days. Nor are corvettes really.
I don't believe in dumbing down a product to try and reach the lowest denominator. That's a sure path to mediocrity.For such a progressive company, I think not appealing to a newer, trendier crowd would be a mistake.
Nope, not dumbing it down, but let's be frank, the miatas and vettes typically appeal to the previous generations of car buffs. When I thought you meant you wanted styling like those cars, I said that wasn't progressive enough
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