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Roadster Torque (Is Wikipedia wrong?)

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Andrew Wolfe, Aug 10, 2016.

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  1. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    Wikipedia says that 1.5 and 2.0 roadsters only puts out 200 lb-ft of torque. They have some reasonable sources. My electronic manual, which seems to match my 1.5, says 277 lb-ft. My VDS reliably reports over 280.

    Can anyone verify the most reliable numbers? Was the 200 a remnant of the 2-speed transmissions?
     
  2. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Maybe they mixed up the 200kW with lb-ft ?
     
  3. Carl W

    Carl W 2008, #311 thunder gray 1.5

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    I asked the same question and somebody replied that the 200 lb-ft listed on Wiki and many other sources is the spec of the 1.0 roadster which could hit the 3.9 second mark because it had 2 speeds. However, the only way to achieve 3.9 seconds with one speed was to significantly increase the torque, so they made some changes to increase the torque. FYI, my #311 1.5 says 281 lb-ft when I floor it, but not sure how accurate the gauge is. Seems like lots of sources continue to quote that original 200 lb-ft spec.
     
  4. MileHighMotoring

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    I just happened to read an old car magazine article from 2010 about the Roadster and it quoted the Roadster as 288 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. And the Sport as 288hp / 295 lb-ft.

    That's for the 2.0, so I know this isn't totally applicable to your question, but still good information.
     
  5. supersnoop

    supersnoop Tesla Roadster #334

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    I don't believe they changed the motor with the 2.0. It should be the same as the 1.5.
     
  6. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    No, they did change the motor and PEM and a whole lot between 1.5 and 2.0
    But the specs of the base 2.0 are similar to the 1.5s. Much of the changes for 2.0 were to make it cost less (to Tesla) and easier to manufacture.
     
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