Tesla’s new pick-up truck, the Cybertruck, looks nothing like any conventional pick-up and it’s fair to say that no one expected it to look like this.
Tesla claims that the Cybertruck is the toughest pick-up in the world. Its stainless steel body and super strength glass being able to withstand a 9mm bullet and a hit from a sledge hammer.
However, a series of unfortunate events led the global audience to believe otherwise. During a stunt in front of a live global audience, Elon Musk invited a helper to throw a metal ball at the front window of the truck to prove its claims of being the toughest pick-up. The ball shattered the glass! Musk suggested to throw the ball on the rear door glass, but that shattered too!
“Oh my fcking god,” was Musk’s reaction. He added, standing awkwardly in front of the Cybertruck and its two shattered windows “Oh, well, at least it didn’t go through.”
Despite the disastrous launch, there have been close to 150,000 orders for Tesla’s Cybertruck!
In the US, the Tesla Cybertruck will start from $39,900 (AUD$59,000) for a single motor, rear-drive model. It will have 250 miles of range (400km), can carry 1,500 kg in the tray and tow up to 3,400 kg. The base model will be able to do the 0-60 mph run in 6.5 seconds, making it faster than the performance pick-ups currently in the market like the Volkswagen Amarok V6.
The next step up in the Cybertruck range starts from $49,900 (AUD$73,500) for a dual motor all-wheel drive model which has 300 miles of range (482 km). It can carry 1,500 kg in the tray and tow up to 4,500 kg. It will be able to do the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.5 seconds making it faster than the Volkswagen Golf R!
The top of the line Cybertruck will cost $69,900 (AUD$103,000) for a tri-motor all wheel drive model. This will have 500 miles of range (800km), can carry 1,500 kg and tow up to 6,300 kg. It will be able to reach 60 mph from rest in just 2.9 seconds, quicker than a standard Porsche 911! Astonishing!
From the current 146,000 orders, 42% have chosen dual motor, 41% haven picked tri motor and 17% have chosen single motor.
All versions will have adaptive air suspensions so that the Cybertruck has a lower ride at freeway speeds to better slip through the air and yet be able to have class-leading ground clearance when heading off-road. Speaking of off-roading, the Cybertruck has approach angle of 35 degrees and departure of 28 degrees!
Ford and General Motors are working on electric pick-ups but they are still years away. But the Cybertruck is here, now! “We need something different. We need sustainable energy now!” Said Musk. Adding that America needs an electric pick-up if they want to address environmental issues.
Tesla has not made any comments about the Cybertruck heading to Australia, however Australia has been an export market for every model in the Tesla line up so far.