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Next Tesla Roadster to “push the envelope"

by Drew Johnson

Expect big things from Tesla\'s next-generation Roadster.

Tesla Motors, the up-start electric vehicle maker founded by Elon Musk, says its next-generation Roadster sports car will "push the envelope beyond what anybody else is doing.”

When the original Tesla Roadster arrived on the scene in 2008, it blazed a new path for the entire electric vehicle segment by offering super car performance and a total range of 200 miles. The next-generation Roadster should follow the same general blueprint of breaking the mold.

"The original roadster was a proof-of-concept car,” Tesla boss George Blankenship told . "We did an electric car with over a 200-mile range and 0-60mph in under four seconds. Back then, no one believed it was possible.”

He added: "If you fast forward beyond that, we go back to the roadster and do things that people aren't doing and push the envelope. That would be the next-generation roadster.”

Musk stated in 2012 that Tesla would eventually , which will likely be the next-generation Roadster. No concrete launch date has been nailed down, but the next Roadster - which could bow as the Model R - will likely debut sometime in 2017.

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