Tesla Model R to spectacularly succeed the Roadster sooner than expected?
The German automotive website Autobild is reporting that according to Tesla sources, a next-generation version of the Tesla Roadster could arrive in 2017. It will be known as Model R and be built on either the Model III platform or a new smaller platform.
It is widely expected that Tesla will come out with a new Roadster eventually, but this is the first time a date as early as 2017 has been suggested. We are highly skeptical that the reported timetable is accurate, however.
Model R is coming, but not before Model III
Autobild quoted several Tesla sources that allegedly revealed details about the company’s plans for Model R and an upcoming Model C city car. Given that Elon Musk recently hinted that Tesla is “not currently showing all our cards,” it is indeed possible that these two rumored vehicles are in the works.
However, we think a Model C is unlikely and a successor to the original Roadster is hardly a priority for Tesla at this point. With the launch of the Model X crossover next year, ongoing Supercharger network rollout, and the concurrent development of the Gigafactory and mass-market Model III targeted for 2017, Tesla has plenty on its plate without devoting much attention to an expensive and low-volume sports car.