True to his promise, Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Cybertruck at an event in Los Angeles. It wasn’t a perfect unveiling, but it certainly showed Musk’ appreciation of all things “futuristic” and Blade Runner-inspired.
Indeed, the Cybertruck looks like an armored personnel carrier more than your stereotypical truck. It has some real aggressive lines and an off-road design. More importantly, it’s under $50,000, starting at $39,900 as promised.
Some of the specifics were already rumored for months now and we’re happy to see they came to reality. Cybertruck will be released in three versions, with the premium one having 500 miles of range and 14,000 pound towing capacity. Yes, Musk really played with us all – the ludicrous 300,000 pound towing capacity was nowhere to be seen.
However, the truck does seat six people. The base model is a single motor rear-wheel drive with 250 miles of range and a 7,500-pound towing capacity. It goes from 0-60 mph in under 6.5 seconds and costs the price we talked about, $39,900. The second model is the rumored dual motor, all wheel drive with a 10,000-pound towing capacity, 300 miles and reaches 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. This one costs $49,900.
The premium version with 500 miles of range is a triple motor all-wheel drive with a 14,000-pound towing capacity. It will cost you $69,900 and go from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.9 second. However, this one will hit the market in 2023, as it starts production in late 2022.
The other thing you should definitely know about the Tesla Cybertruck is that it is as rugged as you can get. Musk proved that it will withstand a sledgehammer hit easily although there’s still some work to be done on the “armored” glass.
The payload has a 3,500-pound capacity, with 100 cubic feet of storage space. You get 4-inch suspension in either direction and an entertainment system in the center of your dashboard where a 17-inch touchscreen resides.
Tesla is taking pre-orders already but don’t count on getting the truck earlier than late next year. Until then, the company will have its hands full with the Model 3s launch in China and the Model Y crossover.
As far as unveilings go, Musk and Tesla are the firsts to come with an offer for the electric pickup truck market. However, by the time the Cybertruck will ship, drivers will have plenty of options to choose from: an all-electric F-150, an electric General Motors pickup and of course, the Rivian EV.
It’s not gonna be an easy choice, let me tell you.