The Tesla Cybertruck was unveiled late on Thursday night and it certainly makes an…interesting visual statement.
With the designers apparently not given any tools capable of creating a curved edge, the Tesla Cybertruck is all hard angles everywhere except the tires. We can safely say there’s never been a truck quite like this one before.
Beyond the angular look, the Cybertruck boasts a number of unique innovations, highlighted by its exterior shell. According to Tesla, the Cybertruck boasts a “nearly impenetrable” exoskeleton make of “Ultra-Hard 30X” cold-rolled stainless steel. During the live stream, Tesla had a demonstration where somebody smashed a regular truck door with a sledgehammer, leaving it bent and dented. The Cybertruck door stood up to the challenge.
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Tesla also outfitted the Cybertruck with what it calls Armor Glass that is designed to absorb and redirect impact force. Again, Tesla had a demonstration where somebody dropped a ball bearing on regular glass and it shattered, then dropped it on the Armor Glass and it bounced right off. Things went off the rails when somebody threw the ball bearing at the window of the Cybertruck and it smashed (watch starting at the 7:50 mark of the video below). They tried again on another window with similar results. We suspect somebody at Tesla had a very bad night.
Other Tesla Cybertruck features include up to 3500 pounds of payload capacity, adjustable air suspension, 100 cubic feet of exterior lockable storage, 6.5-foot vault length, seating for six with additional storage under the rear seats, and 17-inch touchscreen.
There are three different motor options for the Tesla Cybertruck. The base model ($39,900) has single motor, rear-wheel drive, 250-mile range, 7500-pound towing capacity and can go from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Upgrade to the dual motor model ($49,900) and get all-wheel drive, a 300-mile range, 10,000-pound towing capacity and 0-60 mph speed of 4.5 seconds. Finally, the tri-motor option ($69,900) has a 500-mile range, 14,000-pound towing capacity, and goes 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. You can also add a self-driving feature for an extra $7000 for any of the three models.
According to Tesla, the single-motor and dual-motor Cybertrucks will start production late in 2021, while the tri-motor option will happen late in 2022. However, keep in mind that Tesla has a history of being overly optimistic with its production dates.
You can pre-order a Tesla Cybertruck now for a fully refundable $100 deposit.
Before the Cybertruck live feed ended, Tesla also unveiled a new ATV concept. There aren’t many details on this new four-wheeler, but it can be charged up right in the bed of the Cybertruck.