Kevin Sharpe - Founder and Patron for UK registered charity Zero Carbon World. Founder and Chairman Mainpine Group. http://about.me/kevinsharpe
Knowing Elon .... You guys should be thinking Bugatti speed at a BMW price with the utility of a Q7 ducking and running ....
We can rest assured that TM will use a battery set up similar to the S and X where it sits low in the chassis.
I think we can be sure that there will be a sport version with more than a 250 mile range.
I think it will be a no frills car like the last Roadster but with improvements.
I personally would like it to share the same platform as the sedan.
I think TM will use Aluminum for the body this go round instead of CF. (Keep cost low)
I think we could see an AWD version.
I think the cabin will be a bit more refined but on over done.
We could see a Gen III Roadster with a little more interior room, adjustable seats, adjustable steering wheel and comforts not seen in the last version of the Roadster.
In closing TM will produce a nice product.
They could also selective place CF body panels like BMW and others have done (I think the hood and maybe a few other panels are CF on the new M3). I agree. I think they could make a $80,000 base Roadster with one engine, 200 mile range or so then make a sport version with two motors, 300 mile range and maybe $100-$150k range. That's my hope.
Making a CF hardtop to meet a functional need sounds good, but I doubt they will do much CF because it doesn't leverage their ability to make stuff in-house. All CF parts will have to be outsourced, adding lots of cost.
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