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Tesla Roadster 2.5: Electric sports car upgraded

The Tesla Roadster recently topped our list of the best electric cars, but Tesla isn't resting on its laurels. The company's brand new 2.5 edition boasts several key improvements

Rory Reid
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The Tesla Roadster recently topped our list of the 10 best electric cars, but Tesla isn't resting on its laurels. The company's just unveiled Roadster 2.5 -- not a firmware update, but a brand-new edition with several key improvements.

The new car includes a new front grille and rear diffuser borrowed from the company's Model S electric saloon. It's a subtle change, but it gives the Roadster a more aggressive appearance. Inside, Tesla's introduced more comfortable seats with larger, more supportive bolsters and a new lumbar support system to keep the chiropractor at bay.

As anyone who's watched our Tesla Roadster video review will know, the Roadster's not particularly quiet -- despite its electric engine. So Tesla's introduced new liner materials under the hood to make the cabin quieter than ever. The interior also has a better finish, with an optional 7-inch touchscreen display with a rear-view camera to make parking easier than ever.

Individually, none of the changes are mind-boggling, but we think together they make the Roadster a far more compelling package. The 2.5 is available to order now from Tesla stores worldwide -- it'll set you back a mere £79,000.

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The front and rear get a tweaked grille and diffuser. It's subtle, but we think the Roadster's a prettier car for it.
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The seats are more comfortable, with better bolsters and lumbar support, and the interior finish is more refined.
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You also get a large rear-view camera display as an option.

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