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Tesla’s Next-gen Roadster is on display at the Petersen Auto Museum (pics, video)

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The Next-gen Tesla Roadster prototype is on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum for two weeks starting from today. Tesla enthusiasts have already booked their tickets and are visiting the museum to look at their dream electric supercar.

One of our Twitter followers Ryan Zohoury (@RyanZohoury) visited the Petersen Museum on the first day of the Tesla Roadster display. He took some great photos of the car and allowed us to publish them.

Petersen Automotive Museum has a great collection of exotics, concept, and classic cars, outstanding prototype vehicles like the Tesla Roadster sometimes make it to the museum even if still not in production. The Cybertruck prototype was also on display at the Petersen last year showing off its stainless steel body to the public.

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Tesla Roadster prototype at the Petersen Automotive Museum in California. Photo credits: Ryan Zohoury / Twitter.
Tesla Roadster Yoke steering wheel with a stalk (seen at the Petersen Automotive Museum). Photo credits: Ryan Zohoury / Twitter.
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This is perhaps one of the closest interior shots of the next-gen Tesla Roadster’s interior, showing the Yoke steering wheel with a single stalk on the left side. It’s not clear what this stalk is there for but might be for Autopilot or selecting a drive mode.

With the introduction of the 2021 Model S design refresh, Tesla is trying to get rid of steering wheel stalks, even shifting gears is moving towards digital selection on the center touchscreen and/or autonomously.

Also, the center touchscreen in the next-gen Roadster is vertical while Tesla’s interior design language has moved to a widescreen format in newer Model S and Model X vehicles.

Tesla Roadster prototype license plate saying RDSTR and the trunk open button between the rear camera and the license plate light. Photo credits: Ryan Zohoury / Twitter.

This license plate closeup photo is especially interesting as it shows a red button on the right side of the rear camera, this is the trunk opening button which probably has been seen for the first time since the Roadster was unveiled back in 2017 on the Tesla Semi launch evening.

Next-gen Tesla Roadster prototype on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Photo credits: Ryan Zohoury / Twitter.
An early Tesla Model S prototype (front) and the next-gen Tesla Roadster (background). Photo credits: Ryan Zohoury / Twitter.

The past and the future of Tesla in one picture, an early Tesla Model S prototype can be seen at the front and in the background the rear of the next-gen Tesla Roadster is visible. The majority of newer Tesla fans might not have seen this earlier version of the Model S prototype, the design of which was revised as it went into production in 2012.

Tesla Roadster referral prize winners and reservation holders are waiting to put their hands on this beauty+beast (0-60 in just 1.1 secs). But with lots already happening at Tesla, the production timeline for the next-gen Roadster is pretty much blurred at the moment.

Tickets for viewing the Roadster in-person can be bought from the Petersen Museum’s website which cost $16 for adults, $11 for children, and $16 for senior citizens. Entry for health care staff and COVID first responders along with 3 family members is free of charge.

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Closeup shot of the next-gen Tesla Roadster’s rear view at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Photo credits: Ryan Zohoury / Twitter.

By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii