It's time to formally address the Tesla Cybertruck
I'm only a month late.
The Cybertruck was a printing press for controversy. People took the Cybertruck and beat it to shreds on articles, bashing it in every way possible. Everybody knew about it, and everybody had to talk about the ridiculous Cybertruck. Those are the initial reactions. A week later, reports start rolling in about massive numbers of pre-orders for the Cybertruck. All of a sudden, the tides have changed, and you start seeing people changing their point of view on the Cybertruck. All of a sudden, the Cybertruck isn't that bad! And for the following weeks, people are just jumping on the Cybertruck bandwagon, which now has well over 250,000 pre-orders. And now, people have mostly moved on from the Cybertruck. But the Cybertruck never really got the same treatment as a normal concept. What I mean by that is that the Cybertruck was covered for its styling more than its value. There aren't many people who have completely covered the Cybertruck, from the controversy to performance and everything else. I will do just that.
Of course, this wouldn't be a Cybertruck article without the discussion of the styling. But here's the thing: I won't come out and call it ugly, because that's reserved for the Nissan Juke. I won't come out and call it childish, because that's reserved for the Hummer H2. I will call it ambitious though. I actually think the design is fantastic, but there are a lot of issues with the design that wouldn't allow the Cybertruck to drive on American roads. The first of which is the lack of wing mirrors. While I'm sure Tesla is betting on the US Government to allow cameras to act as wing mirrors, it's currently illegal.
Looking at the picture above, you yet again notice another flaw with the Cybertruck, that being the rear window. Looking at the first photo (above), you can see the rear window. Go to the second photo, and you see a solar panel. Simply stated, the driver can't see a thing out of his rear window, and he doesn't have wing mirrors to look out of. Therefore, you are relying on cameras, but there are even issues with that. First off, where are the cameras on the Cybertruck? I've looked at all the closeups, official photos, and there's no evidence of cameras on the truck.
Other than that, the design is fine in legal terms. Granted, this design is alien. It's like it's the 80's all over again: it's all boxy, and there's no evidence of curved edges anywhere. It's also extremely long, and really big. But all of that adds to the character of the Cybertruck, and for that, I respect the Cybertruck. The Cybertruck is bold, and it's truly like nothing we've ever seen. All of this is especially surprising as Tesla is the same company that makes super conservative sedans, yet they came out with this cyberpunk-styled truck.
While there's not too much to mention here, there are a few things. The first of which is that the Cybertruck will seat 6 people, as there are 3 seats in the front, 3 seats in the back. Also, it's worthy to mention these are the most heavily-bolstered seats you'll ever see in a pickup truck. Lastly, the steering wheel isn't much of a steering wheel, it's a steering rectangle. I suspect that won't make the production version.
Think of your dream supercar. The Cybertruck is just as fast, if not faster than that car. In fact, the 0-60 time of the Cybertruck is the same as the McLaren Senna and Ferrari 488 Pista. The Cybertruck is FASTER than a 2019 Ford GT. And these cars cost $330,000 and up. The Cybertruck, on the other hand, costs $69,900, and that's for the most expensive model.
I'll cut straight to the chase: the Cybertruck (with the tri-motor AWD trim) has a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds. And while horsepower and torque numbers aren't available yet, it's obviously going to be a lot, as the Cybertruck isn't what you would call light (weight isn't known either, this is inferred). What is available though is the range, which is an astounding 500 miles. And since this is a pickup, it also has a huge tow capacity, which is rated at 14,000 pounds, which is twice as much as the best F-150 (a closer competitor would be the Ford F-350; both have identical tow capacities). Allow me to state the obvious: these performance figures are absolutely absurd in the very best ways. The Cybertruck will compete with a 488 Pista on a dragstrip, have a longer range than it's gasoline competitors, and will tow twice as much as a Ford F-150.
This wouldn't be a Tesla if there weren't some bizarre features. That being said, there are a number of questionable features, to put it nicely. First, you can buy a tent that attaches to the Cybertruck's bed and go camping. This works great, as Tesla recently added a camping mode to all Tesla's. And yes, the picture above will be an option for the Cybertruck. Meaning, you'll be able to have the exact setup as the one in the photo above. Of course, there's also an available ATV that matches the Cybertruck, because why not.
The Cybertruck is a truly remarkable truck. There's not a doubt in my mind that this truck will be a phenomenal sales hit in 2021, which is when the Cybertruck becomes available. But at the end of the day, this is a Tesla, founded by perhaps the coolest, or worst CEO (depending on your opinion), so I guess crazy creations like the Cybertruck are expected. And while there's a large portion that hates the new electric truck, obviously another large portion that disagrees. The Cybertruck has 250,000 pre-orders, and I see why so many people ordered it.
What do you think? Go on and fight me in the comments, and make sure to vote in the poll.