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Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

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Unfortunately, the interview didn't. Which left several questions unanswered.

So what's next? If water-boarding tactics had been permitted, what else would I have asked? How about, "What's after the 'S'? And what's going to replace the Roadster that will be going out of production at the end of 2011, according to government filings made recently with the Security and Exchange Commission?"

Based on a question I did ask Franz regarding his involvement in the new Roadster's design - and the look of delight that washed over him as he danced around offering any real info - we should stay tuned and optimistic.

And as for its underpinnings? If we take seriously Franz' comments about 'the one-design Golf/TT/Jetta/SEAT/... platform' followed by, "That's where we are today. And everybody's trying to figure out that recipe," one may need look no further than the Model S.

And what lurks beneath that lovely skin? Strictly rumor, but some automotive partners of theirs may just have the answer.--Bruce Richter

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