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STYLING | 9 out of 10
It's stunning. The crisp lines across the carbon fiber body give a futuristic look
The Detroit News
Sleek carbon-fiber bodywork
Road & Track
Cabin has a minimalist design
Based on a Lotus Elise platform, the 2010 Tesla Roadster has wholly unique styling, not to mention unquestionable cool.
Many reviewers note that the Tesla Roadster isn't an all-new vehicle; Car and Driver reports that this "two-seat targa [is] assembled by Lotus in England and finished by Tesla Motors in San Carlos, California." But the exterior bodywork is completely changed, even if the Roadster's underpinnings are derived from the Elise, and the Tesla has garnered glowing reviews from consumers and critics alike. The Detroit News calls it "stunning," highlighting the "crisp lines across the carbon fiber body [that] give a futuristic look," and Road & Track loves the "sleek carbon-fiber bodywork." Cars.com notes that this Tesla 2010 model "comes with a removable soft-top (a carbon fiber hardtop is optional)."
Its stage presence overshadows the fact that the Tesla Roadster is actually a small car. The Detroit News feels "there's a minimalist approach to the car's body that combines form and function into fine art," and marvels that the 2010 Tesla Roadster "is only 155 inches long (that's 6 inches shorter than the 2010 Honda Fit) and only 44 inches tall-and that's including the roof."
The sparse interior of early cars, which Cars.com had termed "minimalist design," has been spiffed up for 2010. It features black leather upholstery and trim with cream inserts and visible stitching. Car and Driver feels that the Tesla Roadster's cabin "is efficiently trimmed ... with buttons for the cabin-temperature controls, seat heaters, and air conditioning." The main screen you'll find in this high-tech marvel is the "Vehicle Display System," relocated for 2010 to the center stack, which Road & Track says "among many other features, has touch-screen settings of five operational modes."
The stylish 2010 Tesla Roadster has the appearance to match its stunning sportscar performance, now inside as well as outside.