After dozens of postponements as it was first introduced in 2019, the Tesla Cybertruck is now a reality as the American brand has delivered the first production units of its beastly and almost transcendental pickup to their owners.
The delivery process was carried out with all ceremony at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Texas, where about a dozen Cybertrucks were handed over to their owners who, notably, waited two years more than originally planned.
On the occasion of the deliveries, Tesla also announced the price list of the Cybertruck, which in its basic version equipped with a single motor that exclusively drives the rear wheels starts at 49,880 dollars.
It should be noted on the one hand that this particular version is not currently available as it will start its commercial course from 2025, while the specific price is increased by approximately 10,000 dollars compared to Tesla’s initial estimates two years ago. In any case, this particular version promises acceleration from 0-96 km/h in 6.5 seconds, while its range is 402 km.
Higher up in the range is the more “sensible” pickup, four-wheel drive version that benefits from a pair of electric motors that ensure movement to all four wheels, promising acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Its power exceeds 600 hp, while the most spectacular size in its case is the traction capacity of 15,000 Nm. Its range is 548 km.
The All-Wheel Drive version above will start at $68,990 and will be available from 2024, while the same will apply to the top version of the American pickup, named Cyberbeast. With a combined power of 857 hp and a range of 515 km, this particular version is equipped with three electric motors that ensure four-wheel drive and the ability to complete the “0-100” sprint in 2.5 (!) seconds. As for its price, it is determined at 96,390 dollars.
Beyond the Cybertruck’s pricing and basic features, the electric pickup has some quirks that partly justify Tesla’s obsession with its development and the delays.
Some…”cheesy’ stuff about it Cybertruck
One of them is the possibility for owners to choose a version with Range Extender in a layout and logic very different from what we have been used to mean by this term.
This particular equipment option is offered to the versions with two electric motors and above and promises to increase the range in the case of the two-motor version from 548 to 755+ km and in the Cyberbeast from 515 to 708+ km. As far as the mode is concerned, the Range Extender against Tesla lies in the presence of a third battery which is placed in the loading area occupying, according to a tweet by Elon Musk on X, 1/3 of the corresponding space. According to Tesla’s No. 1, this particular equipment option is suitable for those who intend to go on long journeys in the mountains or if they need to tow a heavy load for a long time.
Feat of Strength 3: Cyberbeast (0-60 in 2.6s) pic.twitter.com/q0cK9zb21D
— Tesla (@Tesla) November 30, 2023
As far as its appeal is concerned, Tesla chose as an ideal way to advertise a strange test, subjecting the Cyberbeast to a drag race against a Porsche 911 and while the former was also towing a 911. In addition to the attempts to impress, the American pickup can tow a weight of up to five tons while the cargo area can accommodate up to 1,134 kg. Also note that the cargo area is protected by a rolling cover as standard.
The body is made of “super alloy” stainless steel which does not require painting and does not oxidize over time and can “withstand” shots from a 45 mm Tommy machine gun, a 9 mm Glock pistol and a 9 mm submachine gun – let’s not forget that the first deliveries were held in Texas.
Despite its size, the Cybertruck has an aerodynamic coefficient of 0.34 while its total weight is 3.1 tons. It has air suspension on all four wheels which allows the ground clearance to be increased up to 43 cm.
Its specifications include four-wheel steering which reduces the turning circle to 11.3 meters smaller than the Model S, two locking differentials while the rear axle benefits from an active torque management system that promises to improve maneuvering conditions as well as traction in demanding conditions.
Given the above, Elon Musk, who is not known for sparing bold statements, stated that the Cybertruck is more rigid than a McLaren P1 and therefore impossible to overturn.
“It’s a better pickup than any and at the same time a sportscar better than any sportscar” he characteristically stated without offering the data required to prove his claim. What he only pointed out is that its large width and low center of gravity make it almost impossible to roll over after an unfortunate event.