Tesla is a mixed bag right now with some of its promises going along with minimal hitches, while others have seen massive delays. One item that is threatening to be the latter is the much anticipated update for the now-discontinued Roadster. Way back in June 2014, Elon Musk promised that there would be an exciting update to the old Roadster by the end of the year. Here we are inside of two weeks before the calendars need changing, and we still have yet to see this big update. Fortunately, a Tweet from Musk on December 19th claims that this update is coming next week.
The specifics behind the update are still unknown, but Musk did once tell Auto Express that the Roadster would get an updated battery that will push its range to 400 miles. Whether or not this is the only update that Musk has in store is up for debate, but I am in the group that thinks this is not the case.
I believe that we will see a few other goodies included in this update. For example, buyers would likely fall over one another to have all-wheel drive added to their Roadsters. Even a mild update in horsepower would be enough to drive Roadster owner’s to Tesla for the update.
This update will take care of two needs for Tesla. First of all, it will once again monetize the old Roadster by enticing buyers to come in and shell out thousands of dollars for something new, and this capital can be used to speed up the development of a new Roadster. Additionally, this will keep current Roadster owners plenty happy with their cars while Tesla continues to develop a successor.
Of course, this is all still speculation, but we’ll find out soon enough what Tesla has up its sleeve.