The 2008 Tesla Roadster Is the Cool Tesla Before Tesla Was Cool

Tesla Roadster review! Today I'm reviewing an original 2008 Tesla Roadster, which is the cool Tesla before Tesla became a huge global success. I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of the Tesla Roadster, and there are a LOT of them! I'm also going to drive the Tesla Roadster, and I'll review the driving experience of the Tesla Roadster.


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  • AzzBlasterLIVE

    Actually it was the only cool tesla ever made.

  • Rami Eye
    Rami Eye

    Keep telling myself I won't watch another one of your videos, because they are unnecessarily long!! that was 6 videos ago🤦‍♂️ fml

  • Arak *
    Arak *

    The front looks like an Lotus Evora

  • Chris Mccullough
    Chris Mccullough


  • Drumatics

    You wanna disable your Airbag in case of a crash/ emergency. That it does not blow up in your face, when you try to rescue the driver. first aid class told me that. Gas cars dont have that, because you can kill the airbag with turning off the ignition.

  • Oliver Nanetti
    Oliver Nanetti

    I saw that on the road it was the crazies thing I ever seen

  • Victor Gerginski
    Victor Gerginski

    it says stowage?

  • Adam Denzinger
    Adam Denzinger

    Taking a guess he, the lock beep corresponds to the syllables; 1 beep for "lock", 2 for "unlock"

  • Brandon Brown
    Brandon Brown

    Looks more based off the Evora than the elise tbh

  • Joel Aquino
    Joel Aquino

    hey, Doug can you do a video about the original vw bug from the 60s-70s pretty please!!!

  • Zach Goebeler
    Zach Goebeler

    I think even if an exact car like this was produced today, the lack of technology could be excused for this car being more of a lightweight, stripped down, drivers car

  • ͘

    0:00 viz

  • dat boy prim
    dat boy prim

    Also the only car to be floating around in space

  • Patrick McNichols
    Patrick McNichols

    Tesla was never cool

  • ur grandpa
    ur grandpa

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  • khris

    I know for sure that he has made a video on one of these before.

  • khris

    I had a poster of one of these from a book fair and threw it away before Tesla was cool. Sigh.

  • khris

    It was also the only Tesla before the Tesla was only.

  • Rikki Paul
    Rikki Paul

    Lmao. If GTA copied the Lotus Elise, this is exactly what it would look like 🤣

  • Gijs van 't Zelfde
    Gijs van 't Zelfde

    Fun fact Tesla never really was cool

  • Tim Baber
    Tim Baber

    Doug, you forgot to add points for it for being the only car to ever leave Earths gravity well.

  • AllTheBestVideos

    Didn’t he already do this a couple of years ago?

  • 294 63
    294 63


  • V8 For A Heart
    V8 For A Heart

    I personally think those window buttons were borrowed from a Mitsubishi

  • Extra Account
    Extra Account

    For anyone wondering, it sold for $97,500

  • MikeSoSyracuse !!
    MikeSoSyracuse !!

    Ha I live in Syracuse 😁

  • Feras Alamoudi
    Feras Alamoudi

    so the car makes noises and chimes and warnings but you are not letting us listen to it? and than the VIN number on the side display 16:30 (starts with 5) does not match the REAL VIN number on the windshield 9:09 (starts with S for England) and YOU DON'T MENTION IT??? BEARING IN MIND THAT YOU ARE A VIN FREAK ! And no comments what so ever on that rear view after market mirror?! Doug are u ok?

  • Joel Watson
    Joel Watson

    is the car really small or is he a giant?

    • Deggiboi

      He‘s also 6‘4

    • Soggy Salt
      Soggy Salt

      It's made off the lotus Elise so really small

  • WiiSportsMX5

    Model S Model 3 Model X Model Y Well played Elon, Well played.

  • B.D.B.

    5:15 Do you not have kids? You need to disable the front airbag if you put a rear facing child seat in the front. Pretty much every modern car has this feature.

  • Hellamoody

    17:43 you can definitely tell the owner hasn't used it in winter and has probably many other cars 😂

  • David in Barstow
    David in Barstow

    Does it factor in the electricity used from coal fired power plants?

  • Cschenks

    Lmao this looks like one of those kid cars you buy at Walmart next to Doug

  • J Mcg
    J Mcg

    The hood looks a little fragile, let’s just slam it closed.

  • Chris1077

    why does he talk so weird wtf

  • leonardodolc

    the car was entirely borrowed from something else lol

  • Jose Ignacio
    Jose Ignacio

    I clicked like right after "Thisss... "

  • david p
    david p

    This is cool, but Tesla is definitely not cool.

  • Kancheeban Sivasithamparanathan
    Kancheeban Sivasithamparanathan

    If u have reviewed this Masterpiece back in 2008 the Doug Score would be way more high..

  • xl

    dude looks like an off brand quentin tarantino

  • Thoringer

    5:25 because fire and rescue doesn't want to be killed by airbags getting someone out of a wreck? Just sayin'

  • duandle wysiekierski
    duandle wysiekierski

    A good friend of mine had a roadster signature edition and its crazy how different the interior was, most notably there was no "shifter", just buttons. sadly he sold it, but hes still repping tesla with a model S and his wife drives a model X. that roadster got me many a speeding ticket every time he would let me take her for a spin! great review

  • Annalynn Marzan YT
    Annalynn Marzan YT

    Meanwhile at 2020: New teslas

  • Rodger O
    Rodger O

    Huntington Beach Central Library 👍

  • Dennis Iljincika
    Dennis Iljincika

    It literally sold for what it was sold for in 2008... very much worth it in my opinion

  • FD_Trueno

    So it's the Coil voltic from GTA5

  • David Lees
    David Lees

    And that's a nice culler

  • David Lees
    David Lees

    Do you know wot I could wotch this guy all day and not get bard with him he is brilliant


    Who needs a door to get into that car?

  • J

    Btw the backlights are very similar to those of a Gumpert Apollo

  • vanlaeresven

    Nice revisit of your 2016 video, Doug ;) you can really see the evolution in your production skills. Good job!

  • Digital street racing Gaming
    Digital street racing Gaming

    You should do the 2011GMC YUKON please for my past father

  • Holbeck Ghyll
    Holbeck Ghyll

    Doug's default playback speed =1.25

  • Adam Baldwin
    Adam Baldwin

    The mechanical door release on this car is honestly the best thing that Tesla ever designed.

  • Adam Baldwin
    Adam Baldwin

    The only thing surprising about this car is the panel gap, and the fact that people actually bought them in spite of it.

  • Adam Baldwin
    Adam Baldwin

    "Warranty void if seal is broken." No, I'm sorry that's not the case, thanks to the Magnusson-Moss Act of 1975. Nice try, though. Tesla yet again tries to perpetuate the fears of normal car users.

    • Sean Warren
      Sean Warren

      Yep, and another reason Tesla isn't actually "Cool". Not then, not when they exploit child miner that die in collapsed cobalt hand dug holes, not when Elon tweets "Well coup who we want to coup.", and not now. My favorite part is his rags to riches story starting out with emerald mines and how everyone acts like he's a genius.

  • Pierce Lindenberg
    Pierce Lindenberg

    This Roadster is the same year as the one that SpaceX launched into space, but that one was owned by Elon Musk, and this one isn’t.

  • OffRoadBoys //Connor S.
    OffRoadBoys //Connor S.

    finally found out what the coil voltic is in gta lmao

  • Omari Hill
    Omari Hill

    Doug do a Ford Taurus sho


    this is the only good looking car Tesla has ever made (cybertruck isnt released yet)

  • Alex Ravenclaw
    Alex Ravenclaw

    That title tho 🤣

  • WokeNFree

    The newest cars still can be noisy, due to the heating and cooling of the batteries.

  • Leonardo Tigli
    Leonardo Tigli

    the rpm shows just... the rpm. its mo like electric engines dont spin lmao, its just going to always be proportional to speed


    Whenever Doug's standing to the side far side of the car facing the camera it looks like one of those confusing perspective shots with a normal sized person and a hot wheels sized car or hes just a giant and the car is a Tesla shaped golf cart.

  • Sinfully Quick Motors
    Sinfully Quick Motors

    In 2008 Tesla had a Key? Lol my 2006 Lexus IS has push button start

  • juiuffophiguo

    Too bad the coolest Tesla is their sort of beta-not the proper-car- car

  • flamburr

    how has doug made me nostalgic over a frigging tesla

  • DiXiE Homestead
    DiXiE Homestead

    In the section where it shows how much fuel it saved, it should also tell how many tons of coal were burned to produce the electricity to recharge it.

  • Snipe


  • Snipe

    It’s sold, I wonder 🤔if MANNY KHOSHBIN bought it?? Actually I wonder 💭 if I spelled his name right , actually I got so high I forgot about the video and just keep writing actually, actually 😨

  • jogurcik13

    Wondering what is the actual battery capacity compared to relase date

  • Alex _
    Alex _

    Yo they made the coil voltic a real thing

  • _Ole_CornPop_

    But there is motor rpm just like every other electronic motor ever made so it's confusing that you say there isn't because that is completely wrong. Just check out the Formula E Dragon Racing Spark SRT_01E and you will notice it has a 5 speed sequential gearbox that has a wait for it..........Digital Tachometer... With more research you will find that there are many electric vehicles that have transmissions also and that makes the needs for tachometers.

  • maayan skury
    maayan skury

    The rpm goes up to 15000 rpm Vtec: hold my brawawawawawawa

  • wafflesbro5412

    looks neat but for all practical and impractical reasons id rather just get an Exige S

  • Phooey

    6:34 uwu dont use this awea fow stowage 👉👈

  • LouDog 8426
    LouDog 8426

    This is the only cool tesla and it wasn't even a real Tesla its Lotus smh

  • RyanGuitarGuy

    You should review my 2010 Mazda 3 just to be funny

  • The Fastest Brick
    The Fastest Brick

    There is a tachometer to so you can see the rpm of the electric motor

  • Chev_man _13
    Chev_man _13

    We need a regular sized human to review it. He makes it look fake standing beside it

    • MicroClases

      He makes it look like a those electric mini cars kids use

  • Null

    This model is an utter POS. You'd be better off throwing money in the trash.

    • Soggy Salt
      Soggy Salt

      It's 12 year old electric car. What do u expect

  • Taylor Gunther
    Taylor Gunther

    The panel gaps on that thing lol

  • Angus Davies
    Angus Davies

    If you've charged from a coal-fire plant, you've screwed up the planet, and will pay the price.

    • Petko Georgiev
      Petko Georgiev

      Not completely true, coal plant + the grid + charging are still more efficient than an ICE

  • Charlie Bartlett
    Charlie Bartlett

    The mirrors are also from a rover 90. No joke look it up

  • Godchi1d Von Steuben
    Godchi1d Von Steuben

    There ARE rpm's. The wheels.

  • Godchi1d Von Steuben
    Godchi1d Von Steuben

    The door locks are very intuitive. "Lock," one syllable, = 1 beep. "Unlock," two syllables = 2 beeps. It's done in such a way that you intuitively know which is which...

    • jon culp
      jon culp

      I thought the exact same thing when I heard the beeps!

    • Matthew Reise
      Matthew Reise

      SO many of Doug's "quirks and features" is just him being naive.

    • Isna

      Also, most cars when unlocking/locking blink their blinkers/use the horn, and it's commonly 1 blink or horn for lock, 2 for unlock

    • Nathan Hogg
      Nathan Hogg

      i was just about to comment this

  • Godchi1d Von Steuben
    Godchi1d Von Steuben

    The only Tesla I'd be seen driving... I have a reputation to protect, ya' know...

  • saurabh mhatre
    saurabh mhatre

    Those days when the auto dealers were forced not to keep Teslas and Musk has to create alternate distribution. How things have changed.

  • Discord Guy
    Discord Guy

    I remember seeing it in a sticker album, with the list price being 150k euros. And thought it was overpriced because it could only hit 200 km/h. In retrospect you could probably get a Nissan GTR for that price that would accelerate as good and with a higher top speed.

  • WoodytheGamer

    Dont compare to Lotus becauee that is a Tesla not a Lotus, and even though they look alike but are not same, they are both different companies

    • Soggy Salt
      Soggy Salt

      It's based off the elise. Same chassis I'm pretty sure too!

  • JerryTortoise

    i expected the manual door opening thing was gonna be under the fuel door

  • irokatcod4

    Lock (1 syllable) unlock (2 syllables)

  • Slooby


  • Zach's Tech Tips
    Zach's Tech Tips

    the one time doug is wrong, it was the lotus evora

    • Zach's Tech Tips
      Zach's Tech Tips

      nevermind Im wrong

  • yankee2 yankee
    yankee2 yankee

    Electric motors DO have rpms... hence the tachometer.

  • yankee2 yankee
    yankee2 yankee

    Doug, have you ever been so manic? I've never heard ANYBODY talk so fast!

  • Melancton Yates
    Melancton Yates

    That “Trust the Process” shirt though.

    • George Jungle
      George Jungle

      I checked. It’s full of black people?? Why?

  • CoolMINER624

    Anyone going to say anything about the fact that it had a fucking tow mode??? @ 16:07

  • trashpooppoop epik
    trashpooppoop epik

    9:43 : mama steering wheel

  • K P
    K P

    I'm finding it hard to keep watching these videos. You didn't know what the beeps for the door locks meant and you couldn't even check, didn't know anything about the tach, didn't know what the airbag cutoff was for, etc. Like dude, just check before you hit record...

    • Matthew Reise
      Matthew Reise

      my feeling exactly. I used to find his videos interesting, but after watching enough of them I've come to realize he's a moron - and a total square.