Flush from a successful IPO launch that raised over $226 million and took the fledgling EV automaker public, Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently took the wraps off of the latest update of his electric sportscar, the 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5. While its motor and battery pack remain unchanged, the modest revamp does net this zero-emissions two-seater a handful of cosmetic and functional enhancements that Musk says are the direct result of accumulated feedback from over 1,200 owners in 23 countries who have logged more than five million miles in their vehicles.
Visual changes to the 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5's exterior include a restyled front grille/fascia that adds new diffusing vents as well as a revamped rear diffuser element, both of which preview design cues that will be seen in the upcoming Model S sedan due in 2012. New directional forged alloy wheels in silver and black also add more presence to the package. Inside, the 2.5-spec cars get new and more comfortable seats with an enhanced lumbar support system and the Roadster 2.5 will now be available with an optional rear backup camera that provides driver guidance via a 7.0-inch touchscreen display.
The 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 also benefits from a number of unseen enhancements. Upgraded power control hardware will now permit "spirited driving in exceptionally hot climates" while new front-fender innerliners as well as more effective use of sound-attenuation materials in the cabin help reduce overall noise levels in the passenger compartment.
While admitting that development of the Model S has become Tesla's main focus for the future, Musk says the firm remains committed to making improvements to the Roadster whenever and wherever possible. He also stated that the company plans to offer its existing customers the ability to purchase the latest 2.5 upgrades for their cars, where feasible.