Tesla Roadster Versus Mercedes-AMG Project One – No Contest


Tesla Roadster

New Tesla Roadster

What happens when you do a head-to-head comparison of the Mercedes-AMG Project One and the upcoming, all-new Tesla Roadster?

Well, we don’t know a ton about the second-gen Roadster yet, however, we have most of the information we need. It can pull off a zero-to-60-mph sprint in 1.9 seconds (standard trim, no performance upgrades or packages). It will hit 100 mph in 4.2 seconds and can top out at over 250 mph.

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is a plug-in hybrid. This street-legal racer comes standard with a 520-horsepower 1.6-liter V6 engine paired with three electric motors that add 161 horsepower. This gets you to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, 124 mph in 6 seconds, and a 217-mph top speed.

Gas2 broke down the details to come up with a winner. Which would you buy?


  • $2.7 million
  • $200,000

All-electric range:

  • Project one – 14 miles
  • Roadster – 620 miles

Passenger space:

  • Two
  • Four (albeit tight)

Winner: Tesla Roadster

Have a look at the videos below:

Source: Gas2

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59 Comments on "Tesla Roadster Versus Mercedes-AMG Project One – No Contest"

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

The roadster seats 4????

Can you really call it a “roadster” if it’s a four seater?

It needs to have a removable Targa top.

According to Elon Musk at the presentation it seats 2+2+plenty of room for luggage. On top of that Tesla feels it can fit in 200KWh of battery capacity, now that’s going to be interesting…

Tesla should either call it Tardis or there is some pretty remarkable battery tech coming up.

…or maybe Tesla will just be stuffing battery modules into every place they can find, such as under the hood and behind the rear seat.

“Plenty of luggage room” may be only by comparison with the original Roadster; Tesla insisted that Lotus enlarge the trunk to be large enough for a bag of golf clubs! (Seriously, the Lotus Elise’s trunk isn’t even big enough for that? What’s the point of having a trunk that’s so small it might as well be a glove box? O_o )

I’m sure when Elon Musk talked about plenty of luggage space he was trying to preempt silly speculations about frunks and trunks filled with batteries. Apparently it didn’t take…

The Elise trunk will hold a golf bag, but the opening does not span the full width of the car, so getting it in could be tricky. Musk had them widen the opening. A lot!

I’m pretty confident the Roadster2 will use a nextgen battery, e.g. solid state. Many teams are working on various approaches and a few are getting close in the lab. Early production for cell phones and such in 2019 looks likely. Initial pricing will be too high even for Roadster2, but by late 2020 or 2021 pricing should work for a quarter million dollar car.

No, it is not a roadster by definition. It is a sports coupe. They named it Roadster so it is roadster only in name, much like a Ford Mustang is not a horse, but it is still called a Mustang.


Calling a four-seater, hard-topped car a “roadster”, is like calling a Mustang an Arabian. Correct thing (car or horse), but wrong description.

Naming a car (any car) a “Mustang” is like naming a boat (any boat) “Sir Sails-o-Lot”. It is just a name for the thing, not a description of it.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Naming a car (any car) a “Mustang” is like naming a boat (any boat) “Sir Sails-o-Lot””

No, it’s ‘Boaty McBoatface’.


I guess you missed seeing with your own eyes, that the Top Center Section of the New Roadster is removable, or Hearing Elon State it stores in the Trunk! It is not, a ‘True’ ‘Hard Top’.

It does have a removable top.

Except the Mustang was named after the P-51 mustang fighter plane…

Yet there is the point that a Roadster it should have two seats…Regardless of the segment, it believe it was a smart move to give it extra room as it’ll have 600+ miles of range…

No, it really wasn’t. There is a horse right in the logo for the car, not an airplane.

Technically, my MGB GT sat four.

But only if the two in the back had no legs, as there was no provision for car seats back then.

I’d say leave the rear seats folded down and use the space for groceries.

I feel sorry for Germany. WWI, WWII and now Tesla.

Ha ha! Your funny! You mean, and now MB!

They are just fine. Never count them out.

How about lap times around a proper racetrack. Most people buying high end sportscars are not interested in drag racing lol

Surely the new Tesla Roadster will be build for race tracks also.
Just as any other roadster on the market…


I’m sure both cars are great for driving in Nuremberg. Nürburg is a different matter.

Or even Nürburgring.

Now now, let’s not pass JUDGEMENT on Nuremberg!

Ha! Atta floyboy. Judging where your head is at. Nuremberg?

The Green Hell.

That is where you’d be dead wrong. Many sports car owners do drag race their cars. Not counting the impromptu ‘on ramp’ or ‘street light’ acceleration tests. You better believe when individual owners or car journalists get their hands on these two, there’s gonna be some drag racing!

Being that I live in L.A. and spend time in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu, I can assure you overwhelming majority of exotic owners do not ever race them for fear of crashing them…It’s actually more likely that they will bring their exotic to a drag race if they enjoy the attention it will bring…

People buying expensive exotics are not really buying them for the track either…

I hate to tell you, but most people who drive buy high end sportscars do NOT drive them on the track but do drive them on the streets from stoplight to stoplight.

I live in an Island with 49 MPH. I drive a small Hyundai hatchback and sometimes I run into guys driving Ferraris, Lambos and Porsches. When the traffic lights go green they take like 100 feet advantage and then I catch them again at the next traffic light…sometimes this last like 30/45 minutes…I imagine how frustrated they are…and I wish Team would sell the model Y here

49 MPH speed limit ?

And I wish “Tesla” would sell the Model Y here once it’s available

Atta Boy! ?

Well its a fair comparison… Diamler products have horrible reliability, and are expensive to fix. Even the Smart42 wasn’t so good reliability wise.

No, I don’t own any puts on either company.

As far as I’m concerned, the GEN 1 Tesla Roadster wins on both Price, and the speed is good enough (3.9 seconds 0-60 mph in the ‘standard’ trim).

The Lotus looks (from the front and sides at least) also beat both cars.

And you can find them used TODAY for not a lot of coin.

IMHO, NOTHING ‘outlooks’ the new roadster! I think it’s absolutely gorgeous!

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I sat and rode in one. The seats suked worst than the Bolts.
Just my Trollpinion.

Those over the top hypercar looks for a car that’s outgunned completely by a Tesla at a fraction of the price…it’s just embarrassing.

…which I suppose was the new Roadster mission all along: an image builder showing the world that EV performance is out of reach for internal combustion, clearly even hybrids.

Right. Although Tesla should cover it with an insane hypercar imitating cover, like an air filled wrap, and after it crushes all comers – pull of the wrap and show all the slots and scoops and bulges and vents are bogus crap…made to sell exotic car posters.

The roadster is like having your cake and eating it too! It’s weird, you can duke it out with the likes of this Merdedes purpose built race car, then drive right off the track to the grocery store! Then travel directly to your (farther away than the Mercedes can travel without refueling) destination.

Drive it to the coffee shop in the morning for a bagel.Drive to the track and crush a few multi million dollar super cars. Run a few errands, pick up a few items, drive home.

And just tell the other half where you were: “I just went for a few errands, grapped some Donuts, and Vanquished a few Egotistical Rich Guys, on the way back!

Well, you are probably also an egotistical rich guy if you are spending $200,000+ on what equates to a very fast toy.

Tesla should have just come out with a convertible Model 3 with a base price of $37500-$40,000.

That doesn’t sound like a hard core smack-down halo car to me.

It’s all relative.

The AMG video mentioned >1000hp. Therefore I would write: “each electric motor has an output of 161hp”. May I got the article not right (I’m not an native english”). May the author mixed up hp with kW?. Furthermore for racing cars the weight and weight distribution is a main characteristic – therefore a track time comparison would make sense at most.

Tesla’s new Roadster is more likely limited by the power available from its battery pack or from its inverter rather than the total HP rating of its motors. Tesla got a lot of bad press once for claiming one of its models had X amount of HP, by adding up the HP rating of both motors, altho the battery pack couldn’t actually supply that much power.

I doubt Tesla will be repeating that mistake.

Well, the hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai STILL has the Mercedes beat in the ‘impressive jowls’ department.

At least the “jowls” of the Mercedes shown here only make the car look grotesque, rather than aggressively and almost obscenely fugly like the Mirai!

Just my opinion in both cases, of course.

Elon Musk said:

“The point of doing this [Tesla Roadster] is to just give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline [sports] cars. Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche”


For Sale

Mercedes-AMG Project One… hand stitched seat limited edition… with a side of quiche: $2.7M

Since the Project One is also slower than the S P100D it’s hardly surprising it’s slower than the new, idiotic Roadster.

Until you test drive both side-by-side, I think there’s going to be plenty to contest. Everyone’s numbers could be complete bs.

I love the AMG video “One Day…” and that’s the problem, it is always one day. I didn’t get the detail of whether the AMG is actually available or still in development, but Tesla had a real, working example of at least one Roadster 2 at the reveal. That’s what I like about Tesla, whether it is hand built our what, doesn’t matter, they actually have real fully working production intent vehicles at their reveals, not some lame concept that barely works and won’t actually be anything like the final version anyway.
At $1.2mil MB will sell a few because it is exclusive, but Tesla is really taking the bragging rights away from these supposedly “hyper” cars.

Yeah, but they will say the Roadster has no soul, because there’s no little explosions and no hydocarbons exiting its derriere. Added to that may be the fact that it won’t have the kind of interior you can make love to.

I personally think there will be sound. It’ll be the sound grown men laughing like giddy school girls, only most going against the car will simply be too far behind to hear it.

How would you know it’s not Roadster spec?

Whoa! The post I was responding to disappeared!

Tesla lost in big margin!!

$2.7 million vs $200k. There are people love to spend more money, they like to pay more and get less.