Tesla unveils the Cybertruck, surpasses our expectations of ‘awesome in a weird way’
After a long warm-up period, Tesla has finally lifted the curtain on its al-electric pickup truck, the Cybertruck. Apart from the crazy looks, it packs a whole lot of impressive features.
Customers will be able to grab their truck in three different variants: with one, two, and three motors. The low-end version sprints 0-60 mph (0-96.5 km/h) in 6.5 seconds and has 250 miles (400 kilometers) of range. The top trim zaps to sixty mph in three seconds flat, runs a quarter-mile strip in 10.8 s and has enough juice for 500 miles (800 kilometers) of uninterrupted driving.
As far as the off-road capabilities are concerned, the car has an approach angle of 35 degrees and a departure angle of 28 degrees. The adaptive air suspension supports raising the road clearance to nearly 16 inches (400 millimeters), and lowering it back again for easy access to the truck bed. The truck can carry up to 3,300 lbs (1.5 metric tons) of cargo and haul trailers weighing up to 13,900 lbs (6.3 metric tons). The bed is just under 7 ft. (2 meters) long and can accommodate a quad bike (which is another Tesla’s novelty, by the way).
The wildest part is yet to come, though. Tesla claims that its pickup withstands 9mm-caliber gunfire and repeated sledgehammer hits. In fact, the company went as far as to demonstrate this latter bit during the reveal event.
The Tesla Cybertruck series starts from U.S. $39,900, with the range-topping model a whopping $30,000 above that amount. This makes it comparable with the maxed-out Ford F-150.
The launch date is not available yet, put pre-orders are already flowing in.
Editor Andrew Raspopov