Elon Musk rolled out his new Cybertruck pickup and it’s obvious he didn’t steal anyone else’s design, this is definitely coloring outside the lines, but minus the color. The monochrome metal exterior is made of Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel. According to Musk, “If there was something better, we’d use it.” During the rollout they hit a door with a sledgehammer and it didn’t dent. The overall look is sort of sci-fi futuristic and some will be instantly turned off, but others, well, like me, find it oddly
good looking utilitarian and perhaps, purposely provocative, after you get over the initial shock.
The specifications are nothing short of spectacular and it comes in three versions with single motor rear drive, and two or three motor AWD. Range and performance improve with each step up, beginning with a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds and 250 mile range all the way up to a 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and a range of 500 miles! Towing capacity likewise improves at each step, starting at 7500 pounds with the single motor and 14,000 pounds with the tri-motor version.
There’s 100 cubic feet of storage in the 6 1/2 foot bed that has a sliding tonneau cover enclosing what they call the vault when it’s locked. The suspension can be raised or lowered 4 inches on either end for access and as you can see in the image, the tailgate has a telescoping ramp hidden inside. I really like that, after seeing all of the variations of steps and flip up sections other manufacturers have been putting out there.
The interior seats 6 and there’s a 17 inch touchscreen on the dash for what is sure to be an extensive range of functions and displays.
Pricing for the one, two and three motor variants is set at $39,900, $49,900 and $69,900 and there is a $7,000 self driving option. The one and two motor versions are slated for late 2021 and the tri-motor is coming in late 2022, at least, that’s the plan.
It will be interesting to see how this compares to what companies like Ford bring out since I believe there is an electric F-150 on the way. The future is coming fast, really fast, so make sure your garage wiring is ready for that charger you’ll be installing.
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UPDATE: It seems a few people like the Cybertruck, according to Elon Musk it’s received 146,000 (pre -) orders so far with 42% choosing dual, 41% tri & 17% single motor.