Short Take Road Test If you’re still breathing after hearing the price of the new Tesla Roadster Sport—ours was an oh-my-!@#$*-God $155,850 with options—then stepping on the go pedal might possibly cure your ensuing attack of cynicism. Strange things happen in the brain over the four brief seconds it takes the Roadster Sport to whiz to 60 mph. You begin to think that maybe, just maybe, it’s worth its price. Then you think that maybe, just maybe, Lady Gaga has staying power, Tiger is done with golf, George W. got a bum rap, and so forth.

Sure, it’s expensive, but a Tesla is also unique, and truly unique automotive experiences are rarely cheap (the $1.8 million Bugatti Veyron is also unique, for example). With no pistons, connecting rods, or gearbox to provide inertial drag (its transmission is a single-speed gear reduction), accelerating a Tesla is the closest thing to being shot out of a potato gun. It sounds like a jet, and your own garage becomes your filling station. And unless you live in Malibu, you might own it for a decade before encountering another one on the road. And so forth.

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Tesla is wrapping up their Lotus-based Roadster in 2011 and making way for their new Roadster - completely Tesla from the ground up - in 2014. But before that happens, Tesla will be reeling in the last bit of cash on their current model with one last Final Edition, limited to five models. These units will only be sold on the North American market, but Tesla has promised that similar editions will also be offered for the European and Asian markets, making room for 15 final units in this current model’s future.

The Tesla Roadster Final Edition is finished in a special Sporting Atomic Red paint and then combined with a duo of dark silver stripes on its hood and rear clamshell. The look is finished off with an exclusive set of anthracite aluminum wheels.

However, the exterior changes are the only changes that will be made to the model. Expect to find the same electric motor under the hood; a 3-phase, 4-pole induction motor producing a maximum net power of 248 HP. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can travel more than 200 miles per charge.

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