Tesla's Cybertruck Is A Radical, 500-Mile Brodozer You Just Have To See
Elon Musk said that inspiration came from the classic Lotus Esprit mid-engine sports car, and we definitely get that vibe. The looks are definitely polarizing and owe nothing to the more organically-shaped Model S, Model X, and Model 3 that came before it. Despite its looks, the Cybertruck is roughly the same size as the best-selling Ford F-150 and can seat up to six people. It has a 6.5-foot bed, will carry a load of up to 3,500 pounds, and has ground clearance of up to 16 inches.
Getting down to the all-important details surrounding the powertrain, there are three versions that will be made available. The base configuration includes a single rear motor, 250+ mile range, can run 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, and has a towing capacity of 7,500+ pounds. The mid-level configuration includes dual motors (AWD), a 300+ mile range, can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and features a towing capacity of 10,000+ pounds.
The most potent version, however, throws in triple motors and will be able to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds. This configuration also of course includes AWD, will go 500+ miles per charge, and can tow 14,000+ pounds.
Surprisingly, the Cybertruck, which features a unibody construction unlike most other trucks on the road (with the only other exception being the Honda Ridgeline), will have a base price of just $39,990 for the RWD model. The dual-motor configuration bumps that price to $49,990, while the top-level triple-motor spec will start at $69,990. Considering how expensive full-size trucks are these days (trying pricing a flagship F-150 King Ranch), those prices seem to be quite competitive.
Tesla says that production of the Cybertruck will commence in late 2021, and the company is currently accepting preorders with a $100 refundable deposit.