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by Tim Beissmann

California-based EV manufacturer Tesla Motors has unveiled a revised version of its $US109,000 ($130,000) Roaster.

The Roadster 2.5 demonstrates that Tesla will give its range of vehicles a family resemblance. The new front fascia with diffusing vents is similar to the svelte Model S sedan, and Tesla says the new rear diffuser also points to the brand’s future design language.

The choice of silver or black directional forged alloys completes a relatively minor facelift to the exterior.

Inside, Tesla has again gone to work on the seats to make them more comfortable with larger supportive bolsters and a new lumbar support system, while cabin noise has also been reduced.

An optional 7in touchscreen display – including navigation and reversing camera – rounds out the additions.

Performance is unchanged, meaning the AC induction motor and single-speed gearbox still produce up to 215kW and almost all of the available 400Nm of torque from 0rpm. The dash from 0-100km/h is all over in a blistering 3.7 seconds.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, said the revisions to the Roadster were a direct result of customer feedback from more than 1200 owners from around 23 countries who have cumulatively driven more than eight million kilometres.

“Although development of the Model S is our main focus, this shows that we still care a great deal about improving the Tesla Roadster,” Mr Musk said.

“Where feasible, we will also offer existing customers the ability to purchase the upgrades now available in version 2.5.”

The launch of the Roadster 2.5 coincided with the opening of Tesla’s two newest stores in Newport Beach, California, and Copenhagen, Denmark.




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