Just the Facts:

  • A new high-performance electric sports car from Germany, the Artega SE, could be the first serious challenger to the Tesla Roadster — at nearly twice the price.
  • The SE, for Sport Electric, is a battery-powered companion to the midengine Artega GT, designed by Henrik Fisker.
  • Artega hopes to put the SE into production in 2012.

DELBRUECK, Germany — Artega Automobil, the Mexican-owned German specialty manufacturer, has unveiled the Artega SE, a $207,000 electric companion to its midengine Artega GT and a would-be competitor to the Tesla Roadster.

The Artega SE — the initials stand for Sport Electric — shares its underpinnings and Henrik Fisker-designed bodywork with the gasoline-engine Artega GT. The company plans to show a production-ready version of the SE at this fall’s 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, with the intention of commencing production next spring.

Although it is nearly twice the price of the Tesla Roadster, which starts at $109,000, the Artega SE’s specs compare favorably to those of its U.S. competitor.

The Artega SE’s twin electric motors — one powers each rear wheel — deliver a combined 375 horsepower, enough to propel the car from zero to 60 in less than 4.3 seconds, with a top speed of “well over” 155 mph.

In comparison, the Tesla Roadster produces 288 hp, accelerates from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds (3.7 for the Roadster Sport) and has a top speed of 125 mph.

On its Web site, Tesla now claims a range for the Roadster of 245 miles. Artega says the SE has a range of 186 miles, with the disclaimer that “under normal driving conditions it can comfortably achieve 124 miles.”

The Artega SE has a lithium-polymer battery pack rated at 37 kW-hours. It can be recharged on standard European household current; at a commercial recharging station, the recharging time is reduced to 90 minutes, the company said.

via insidelane