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For the past few years, Musk has been planning to make a pick-up truck. He has also promised that it will outperform the Ford F-150, and the Porsche 911. Because all truck buyers cross-shop with sports cars.
Anyway, the Cybertruck has just been unveiled. Musk says it was inspired by the vehicles in Blade Runner, and the original Lotus Esprit. At the unveiling, Musk also claimed it was completely armored, which was proven untrue on-stage when an audience member threw something at it, which shattered a window. Musk promises this will be fixed before trucks reach their owners. At least the stainless steel body proved tough, holding up to Musk hitting it with a sledgehammer during the press event, which can be best described as ‘unconventional’.
What will likely prove less tough though, is the interior. Despite this being a truck, it still has everything inside controlled by the notoriously unreliable touchscreen, so it is unlikely to make a good work truck in the long run. Or even in the short run, if you wear work gloves.
The Cybertruck can tow 14,000 lbs (800 lbs more than the F150), and has a payload of 3,500 lbs. It will be available with 200, 300, or 500 miles of range depending on the version you buy and will cost from $40k to $70k. It also comes standard with air suspension, and will allegedly reach 60 in 2.9 seconds in the fastest version.
Torque figures are yet to be released, but you can bet that it’ll have lots of torque. It has yet to be confirmed if the Cybertruck will use body-on-frame or unibody construction, but with approach and departure angles of 35 and 28 degrees, and up to 16 inches of ground clearance, it should be capable off-road.
Musk says production will start late 2021, so expect to see Cybertrucks by about 2024.
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