Our rendering of the V8-powered Tesla Roadster looks beyond the electric box | Taza Khabre

Key findings

  • The rendering shows the Tesla Roadster styled as a mid-range supercar with a V8 engine that adds excitement and an old-school feel.
  • The rendering incorporates classic supercar elements such as side air intakes and a glass engine cover, enhancing the roadster’s overall design for classic tastes.
  • Although this rendering of the Tesla Roadster V8 is fictional, it highlights the potential of the roadster’s styling to create a powerful and dynamic supercar model.

This exclusive render is the forbidden fruit. It’s a supercar concept that combines Tesla a design with a power plant that is more convenient for the reducer. Electric cars (locally) are emission-free, quiet and usually very fast. But the absence of sounds, vibrations, smells and speed to work for is where the joy of driving comes from.

There’s no denying the simple beauty of the upcoming Tesla Roadster, but it will likely offer more of the same disconnected experience we’ve come to expect from Tesla and other manufacturers’ electric lineups.

To try to remedy this, if only as a short virtual exercise, this render HotCars artist Timothy Edry Emmanuel modifies the roadster to become a mid-engine supercar, operating on fossil fuels. It promises to add some fun to the clinical Roadster.

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The new Tesla Roadster would be a great mid-engined supercar

Performing an engine swap on a Tesla is not a new phenomenon. Thanks to YouTube, you can see what happens when a V8 hits the hood of a Tesla Model S. But this rendering shows a Tesla Roadster built around a V8 engine designed from the ground up as a mid-mounted supercar. .

Since this topic is central to the visualization concept, we’ll start here at the beginning. Based on Tesla’s official design for the upcoming second-generation roadster, the rendering follows a similar design path with some key differences.

A glass window behind the cockpit shows the internal combustion engine, where a Tesla car would hold its rear passengers. A roof-mounted carbon fiber air intake directs air into the engine bay, where the color accents are the same red as the Tesla’s body.

Below, we take a look at a potential V8 candidate for the Tesla Roadster, which was originally featured in the C7 Chevy Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1. The LT4 is older now, but its power output is still competitive and would suit a Tesla roadster designed to be nimble and light.

Having only 640 hp. on the table, it will certainly never achieve the vaunted sub-2 second 0-60mph time, nor the 250mph top speed of the true roadster. But on his side will be lightness, without a battery that can be carried with you.

Tesla Roadster V8 renders suggested specs

Tesla Roadster V8 rendering


Supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8


640 hp

A turning point

630 lb-ft


Engine front, rear

Method of transmission

8-speed automatic

Data provided Chevrolet

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  • The specifications above are provided by a Chevrolet LT4 engine with a wet sump
  • Archetypal mid-engine setup with a classic supercar look, including a glass engine cover and side intakes
  • The V8 engine will add drama and an old-school feel to the typical Tesla experience
  • The fictitious exercise shows the potential of roadster styling for a true supercar
  • The absence of batteries could make the Tesla supercar lighter and more agile


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This Tesla Roadster V8 supercar looks production ready

Other changes include side air intakes, another hallmark of the typical mid-engined supercar. Together with the roof pipe and the centrally located rear exhaust, it reveals the secret of this Tesla and gives the Tesla supercar a more exotic look.

The Tesla Roadster that appears in the brand’s promotional materials has a smoother and cleaner design, but this rendering adds some character to the upcoming powerhouse. This also applies to the front, which has a modified bumper, ducks on both sides and wheel arches that cut off behind the front wheels.

The new fin-shaped side mirrors have an aerodynamic and aggressive look. If you were to go to the rear of the car, you would also notice that the rear fenders protrude above the body, creating a more awkward style. Another difference from the lush and sleek roadster in most official Tesla images.

Design highlights of the Tesla Roadster V8 concept

  • Aero spoilers and side mirrors add visual aggression along with custom wheel arches and a new rear body
  • Some new air intakes for the fictional V8 powerplant in the engine bay
  • The multi-layer design of the wheels is characteristic and adds an additional visual effect

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Despite the same design, the Tesla Roadster V8 has many differences from the Tesla car. Needless to say, the brand will never turn to fossil fuels for its powertrains, so we’ll never see a Tesla like this.

The Tesla Roadster is supposedly being prepared for production, but it is already being prepared was delayed more than once, according to Business Insider, leaving the real deal as elusive as this V8 concept. Tesla moved the production date from 2021 to 2023, and now it is expected from this year. This isn’t the first time Tesla has faced delays, as the infamous Cybertruck proves. Supply chain issues, including semiconductor shortages, haven’t helped the situation over the past few years.

But the Roadster is an important product since the 2008 Roadster, which was the brand’s first model. Sharing a chassis (and less than 10% of the total parts) with the Lotus Elise and partially assembled by Lotus, it was an expensive niche product. However, it paved the way for later cars, such as the super-fast Model S Plaid sedan and its Model X derivative.

Below, we can see how far the Model S Plaid has come since the first generation roadster, and the new Tesla Roadster is likely to offer another evolution in features and performance. Tesla CEO Elon Musk certainly has a knack for hyperbole, and the published torque figure of around 7,400 lb-ft is proof of that.

The YouTube channel, Engineering Explained, discussed that this huge torque value is misleading. The 7,000+ lb-ft number is measured as wheel torque, not engine torque. Without horsepower, gears and revolutions, this indicator is useless. Using the same measurement system as Tesla, he concluded that the 2018 Dodge Demon has 10,326 lb-ft of torque, but it actually has 717 lb-ft.

Comparison of past and future Tesla flagship models

2008 Tesla Roadster Sport

Plaid Tesla Model S 2023

2026 Tesla Roadster


Single-engine EV

Trimotor EV

Trimotor EV


288 hp

1020 hp


A turning point

295 lb-ft

1050 lb-ft

7376 lb-ft (advertised)


EV platform, rear wheel drive

Platform EV, AWD

Platform EV, AWD

Method of transmission

Single speed

Single speed

Single speed (assumed)

Figures courtesy Tesla

More Tesla Roadster highlights

  • Production of the Tesla Roadster has been delayed several times, but it could appear this year or next year
  • The delays are partly due to supply chain issues and shortages
  • The Tesla Roadster is likely to have impressive specs, but the advertised 7,400 lb-ft of torque isn’t up to current automotive standards.
  • The Roadster nameplate is significant because it echoes the original 2008 Tesla Roadster; the first car of the brand

Why a Tesla roadster with a V8 engine makes no sense

Tesla is an organization that currently manufactures fuel cells, energy storage and renewable energy components, as well as automobiles. It focuses on electricity as the energy source for its automotive products, rather than fossil fuels (although much of the world’s energy is still produced using fossil fuels). It is unlikely that Tesla will suddenly change its business model and release cars with gasoline engines.

This would go against the company’s orientation and values, as well as threaten its image and niche in the market as a progressive premium electric car brand. You could say the Tesla Roadster appeals to a different kind of enthusiast. The driving experience takes all the typical sports car feedback—vibration, sound, smell, and gradual power build—and then replaces them with something more linear, powerful, and refined.

Will it be heavy? Of course, but with the instant acceleration of an electric car, there is no denying that it will be a powerful powerhouse. Tesla is currently accepting orders for the Roadster online, which require a down payment of $5,000 and a wire transfer of $45,000 within 10 days. The car will cost from $200,000 ($250,000 for the Founder’s Edition).

Sources: Tesla, Chevrolet, YouTube @ Engineering Explained, Business Insider

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