Meet the Tesla Cybertruck! In the words of Elon Musk at the beginning of his reveal “It doesn’t look like anything else”. You got that right mate!
First things first, No, it’s not a a 1970’s mock up concept, and yes it looks like a low-resolution silhouette of what the actual truck was meant to look like.
How ever you think it’s looks on the outside and please, do tell us your thoughts! – on paper, it’s actually damn impressive. Here’s a run down of the key facts and figures.
Cybertruck is designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car. The vehicle is built to be durable, versatile and capable, with exceptional performance both on-road and off-road.
Cybertruck will come in three variants: Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive.
– Range: 500+ miles
– 0-60 mph acceleration: <2.9 seconds
– Towing capacity: More than 14,000 lbs
– Payload: Up to 3,500 lbs
– Vault length: 6.5 feet
– Storage capacity: 100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage including the vault, frunk, and sail pillars.
– Suspension: 4” in either direction
– Touchscreen size: 17”
– Body: Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless steel. If there was something better, we’d use it.
– Seating capacity: Up to six adults
– Approach Angle: 35 degrees.
– Departure Angle: 28 degrees.
– Charging: Can be charged at home, at Destination Charging locations, and with our network of more than 14,000 Superchargers, including on our newest V3 technology, which is helpful for long hauls and towing.
Tesla has said that the Cybertruck will be the toughest pick-up truck in the world, with a stainless steel body that can take a hit from a 9mm bullet or a pounding from a sledge hammer, and comes with super-strength glass.
During the reveal, Elon Musk got an assistant to actually pound the door of the Cybertruck with an actual sledgehammer, and do the same to a regular truck door. Obviously the regular door took a beating, but the Cybertruck didn’t even get a dent. Kudo’s then to the Cybertruck.
However, things didn’t end up so well for the demonstration of the super-strength Tesla Armour Glass.
He got another helper up on stage to throw a metal ball at the window – (slightly larger in size than a golf ball)
A separate piece of glass had earlier withstood a hit from a height of more than two metres on a horizontal demonstration panel, whereas the same test done on traditional glass just shattered.
When Musk invited the helper to throw the same ball at the front door window of the Cybertruck, the glass shattered instantly. He then suggested to try the same demonstration on the rear window, and it shattered too. To which Musk so eloquently thereafter said ““Oh my f- – -ing god!”
At least Tesla reveals aren’t boring!
Musk said later on during the reveal: “Oh well, a little room for improvement … it’s a little weird it broke now. (In testing) we threw everything at it, including a kitchen sink”.
The Tesla Cybertruck starts from $US39,900 ($59,000) for a single motor, rear-drive model that has 250 miles of range (400km), can carry 1500kg in the tray, and tow 3400kg. It will also do 0-60mph (96km/h) in 6.5 seconds.
Step up to the next level of Cybertruck from $US49,900 ($73,500) for the dual motor all-wheel drive model that has 300 miles of range (482km), can carry 1500kg in the tray, and tow 4500kg. It will do 0-60mph (96km/h) in 4.5 seconds.
Go all out and get the top of the range Cybertruck, from US$69,900 ($103,000) for the tri-motor (yes you read that right) all-wheel drive model that has 500 miles of range (800km), can carry 1500kg in the tray, and tow 6300kg. It will do 0-60mph (96km/h) in just 2.9 seconds. For reference, that’s quicker than your off-the-showroom-floor Porsche 911!
The tailgate is equipped with a slide-out tray that can double as a ramp to load ATV’s or motor bikes if you need to, which is further assisted by the rear suspension which drops automatically once the tailgate has opened.
No confirmations as of yet about the Cybertruck being available through Tesla dealerships Australia wide, however it should be noted that Australia has been an export market for every Tesla vehicle released so far. So we’ll have to wait and see!
What do you think of the Cybertruck?