The Tesla Cybertruck has finally arrived, four years after it was first revealed, weighing more than three tonnes, available with up to 845bhp and clad in radical prismatic bodywork that's claimed to be bulletproof.
At a special customer delivery event, the first few production examples were handed over to customers, with Tesla boss Elon Musk proclaiming: “I think it’s our best product – the most unique thing on the road. The future should look like the future.”
Originally, the American car maker had promised first deliveries would be made in 2021. Production finally started this July. Customers still can’t order the vehicle, with Tesla only taking reservation deposits – at $100 (£77). Musk previously claimed 200,000 people had placed a deposit.
The divisively styled pick-up will be offered with either a 845bhp Tesla Model S Plaid-derived tri-motor set-up – with maximum power deployed in Beast Mode – or a 600bhp twin-motor ‘base-level’ powertrain. The previously billed single-motor model is not expected to be offered until 2025. Prices start from $79,990 (£63,356) and climb to $99,990 (£79,197) for the two launch editions.
In top-spec form, the 5.87m-long truck is claimed to hit 60mph from standing in 2.6sec and complete a standing quarter mile in less than 11sec.
Tesla characteristically has not given a precise battery size but claims a top-end range of 340 miles (20 miles less for the tri-motor) and has confirmed that the Cybertruck, which weighs 3107kg, has a drag coefficient of 0.34 – around the same as a Range Rover. All variants are claimed to be capable of the same 1MW (1000kW) charging speed as the Tesla Semi HGV.
The vehicle has a payload capacity of 1134kg in the covered rear load bay (dubbed the ‘vault’), as well as space in the 'frunk' and sail pillars, and comes with a maximum towing capacity of 5000kg.
Musk said the Cybertruck is “something that is a better truck than a truck and something that is a better sports car than a sports car, all in the same package”.