The only battery powered car on the list, the Tesla theoretically represents the future. It offers the performance of a supercar without a drop of gasoline. The future is not all champagne and roses, however. According to the EPA, the Roadster can travel 244 miles on a single charge, but real world motoring (using accessories like headlights; driving with a heavy foot) results in much less range. Remember too that the roadster is based on a lightweight Lotus Elise sports car made of pricey carbon fiber, and an uncomfortable one at that. Price: $128,500.
But that acceleration! Under four seconds is fast enough for even the most hardened performance junkie, and with an electric car, it gets delivered smoothly and effortlessly. The V-8may be dying but we have something better coming along to replace it.
All the market research, focus groups, and top engineering can't change one simple fact: Sometimes carmakers blow it. More
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