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Opinion: Tesla's Cybertruck is the best designed car in ages

While its aesthetics are controversial, I believe it's one of the best automotive designs we've ever seen.

36w ago

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At first sight of Elon Musk's latest creation, the Cybertruck, I found myself looking for the nearest garbage can to be sick in. This hatred of Tesla's design team, however, was quick to dissipate the more I inspected the new California-built 4x4.

Credit: Tesla

Credit: Tesla

And now, with time, I have come to the conclusion that this, the Tesla Cybertruck, is one of the greatest designed cars of our time.

Hear me out.

Over time, automotive design has grown more and more stale and repetitive. The basic design has stayed the same, and only has the placement of the cabin, the hood length, and the wheelbase have been adapted from even the most expensive Maserati, to the most basic-looking Audi.

The Cybertruck, however, ditches this traditional design of hood-roof-trunk/hatchback, and carves its own design path, with an unbelievably triangular shape like none we've seen before.

It looks alien on the road in every aspect of its design, and more importantly, it doesn't rely on a big wing or insane aerodynamics to do so. Its shape is new, different, and exciting, unlike any other car in the market, which all look far too similar.

It's a design that makes any of the people who lay their eyes on it think, as any truly good design should, and while some may think it hideous, I believe we should celebrate its unique attributes, because in the car world, not enough vehicles are new and different.

Never afraid to try something new, Tesla have given us a car that threw conventionalism out its strangely-shaped rear window, and for that, we should thank them. They've done us a favor, and brought some life back into automotive styling.

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Comments (224)

  • It is hideous.

      8 months ago
    • So is Pontiac Aztek, Cadillac Cimarron, 62 Corvette(58 front 63 back), 60-62 Fury, 58-60 Lincoln, Isuzu Vehicross, & has more torque, speed, tech updates, room for a toy & greener than rolling coal?

        8 months ago
    • when i was 4 i drew cars like this haha this Thing is as you said very hideous...

        8 months ago
  • It looks kind of cool, but there are some fundamental design problems...

    1. Where's my side mirror? (I don't see any cameras either...)

    2. The car's going to be hot enough to barbeque on it on a hot summer day thanks to its stainless steel body panels... Especially the rear bed...

    3. Flat panels like the one used in the Cybertruck lack rigidity, meaning you've got to use thicker panels. And what does that mean? A heavier, more expensive car.

    4. Finally, once something gets stuck between the side of the tailgate and the bed corners and you just close it without knowing... RIP

    I'd say the Rivian R1T not only looks better but seems more functional.

      8 months ago
    • We’re friends, so I hate to do this, but THE RIVIAN DOESN’T EXIST YET

        8 months ago
    • Yeah, but once it comes out, I'll take the Rivian any time over the Cybertruck though XD And somehow despite not existing, the Rivian seems to be a bit more realistic and daily usable compared to the Cybertruck.

        8 months ago
  • You do have a point, but I still don't like it. It is distinct, but it will take a lot of getting used to before it will be commonly accepted.

    But this might be the start of going back to simplistic box design, which might bring some beautiful cars in its combination of 80's boxiness and modern styling clues

      8 months ago
  • Ditching old concepts just for the sake of exercising creative freedom is childish. Cybertruck doesn't propose great new ideas, nothing practical, useful, nor beautiful. It's an empty statement. I think Tesla missed an incredible opportunity to bring to the off-road community the awesome concepts they brought to the tarmac.

      8 months ago
    • Actually it's pretty innovative as far as having the truck's entire unibody serve as the frame (what we're seeing outside is the frame). The sharp lines will also make production easier and cheaper, including the use of steel alloy...

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        8 months ago
    • I have not seen any wind tunnel test or any simulations to conclude on the aero but my issue with it beiing so tough is exactly that. The tree one will eventually hit (lets be fair they will as autopilot is a pricy option) is the tree will win. Cars...

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        8 months ago
  • It’s horrible

      8 months ago
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