Tired Of Waiting For The New Tesla Roadster? Buy This 2011 Model Instead


Instead of forking over $50,000 for a new Tesla Roadster reservation and hoping it arrives before the next ice age in the next couple of years, you can do yourself a favor and get this 2011 model.

Set to be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s on January 22, this particular car is a 2011 Tesla R80 3.0 Roadster Sport that has only been driven 17,492 miles (28,150 km) in the last decade.

Given the relatively low mileage, it’s not much of a surprise that the car appears to be good condition. The Glacier Blue paint job looks great as do the carbon fiber trim and removable soft top. However, a closer inspection reveals a number of imperfections including paint chips and some damage to the forged alloy wheels.

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The cabin appears to be in better shape as the leather seats show minimal signs of wear and the MOMO steering wheel looks virtually brand new. Elsewhere, there’s a push-button shifter and an old school infotainment system.

As the name suggests, this Roadster has benefited from the R80 3.0 battery upgrade which cost a previous owner $29,000. This resulted in the installation of an 80 kWh battery pack, which increased the range to approximately 340 miles (547 km), although battery degradation might have lowered the range a bit by now.

Regardless of how far the car can travel, it features an electric motor that develops 288 hp (215 kW / 292 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. This enabled the car to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds, before the battery upgrade.

The Roadster is expected to fetch between $90,000 and $110,000 at the auction where it is being offered without reserve. The listing also notes the car recently had $11,714.24 worth of servicing done and comes with manual as well as carbon fiber and transparent hardtops.

Picture credit: RM Sothebys

Updated: January 16, 2021 — 3:04 am

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