Tesla Cybertruck: Still Crazy After All These Years


tesla cybertruck still crazy after all these years

Last night, Tesla finally unveiled the production Cybertruck. Four years after we first saw it — “we” meaning society. Us TTAC folk weren’t at either event.

The truck looks mostly like the concept, with a few differences. It will be available with all-wheel drive with a tri-motor setup. The electric motor on the front axle will make 300 horsepower, and in a first for Telsa, there will be an electronic-locking front differential. In the rear, there will be two electric motors, one for each wheel — thus obviating the need for a differential. The total system power will be up to 845 ponies — though you need to select the top-line Cyberbeast trim and then activate a Beast mode to get all that oomph.

tesla cybertruck still crazy after all these years

The dual rear motors will allow for torque vectoring.

Other key specs include a claimed 0-60 time of under 3 seconds, a max towing capacity of 11,000 pounds, and a curb weight of between 6,600 pounds and 6,900 pounds, depending on trim and equipment. A rear-drive base model is coming in 2025.

All-wheel drive models that are standard spec will make 600 horsepower and have a claimed 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds. These will weigh in at 6,603 pounds while the Cyberbeast tips the scales at 6,843. Payload will be up to 2,500 pounds.

The rear-drive truck will have a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds.

That same rear-drive truck will start at $60,990 and have a range of 250 miles and a claimed 0-60 of 6.5 seconds. Standard AWD units have a range of 340 miles and the Cyberbeast has a claimed range of 320 miles.

tesla cybertruck still crazy after all these years

Like many EVs, the Cybertruck offers bi-directional charging — 11.5 kW worth. Fast charging will allow you to pick up over 120 miles of range within 15 minutes. A range extender may be on offer that can add 120-130 miles, and it appears to be a battery, not a gasoline-powered generator.

Unlike us, Motor Trend was at the reveal event in person and says the truck is smaller than the prototype and is dimensionally similar to a Ford F-150.

Other specs are hard to ascertain, but reporting from MT suggests that 18- and 20-inch wheels will be available, as will an adjustable air suspension. The truck’s max ground clearance appears to be 17 inches. The bed will be 4×6 and there will be up to 67 cubic feet of underbed storage to go along with 120.9 cubic feet of in-bed storage. That latter number is for one the tonneau cover is in use.

tesla cybertruck still crazy after all these years

One interesting feature? A monowiper. Yes, the truck has just one wiper blade for the entire front windshield.

The most notable interior feature is a squared-off steering wheel.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the claim that the stainless-steel bodywork is bulletproof.

tesla cybertruck still crazy after all these years

We already listed the base price, if you’re so inclined. Yes, you can order one now, though again, the base rear-drive truck isn’t arriving until 2025. For now, you can snag a base AWD for $79,990 or a Cyberbeast for $99,990.

Love the look or hate it, one thing is for sure — you will stand out.

[Images: Tesla]

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