Tesla’s new Cybertruck: Impressive 470-mile range, priced from $61,000

Tesla unveiled the highly anticipated Cybertruck during a delivery event on Thursday, offering insight into the electric vehicle’s specifications and handing over the first units to customers. While the details on Tesla’s website confirm the existence of three models, pricing and range for each truck remain labeled as estimates.

The base Rear-Wheel Drive model, scheduled for delivery in 2025 at an estimated cost of $60,990, boasts a range of approximately 250 miles and a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds, a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 112 mph.

Scheduled for a 2024 release at $79,990, the All-Wheel Drive Cybertruck, equipped with a dual-motor powertrain, is expected to cover around 340 miles on a single charge. Weighing 6,603 pounds, it will make 600 hp and 7,435 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, reach a top speed of 112 mph, and tow up to 11,000 pounds.

The top-tier model, named Cyberbeast and priced at $99,990, is projected to deliver exceptional performance with 845 hp, 10,296 lb-ft of torque, and an estimated range of 320 miles. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.

Tesla’s website introduces a Range Extender for the Cyberbeast, potentially increasing its range to 440 miles and the All-Wheel Drive model to 470 miles. The range extender, roughly the size of a toolbox, sits behind the cab.

The Cybertruck’s dimensions, specified as 95 inches wide, 223.7 inches long, and 70.5 inches tall, with a 6-foot by 4-foot composite bed, provide a glimpse into its size and proportions. The bed and cab incorporate 120-volt and 240-volt outlets, with up to 11.5-kW power output and 65-watt USB-C ports.

With a 0.335 coefficient of drag and 35-inch all-terrain tires on 20-inch wheels, the truck emphasizes aerodynamic efficiency and off-road capability. Elon Musk asserts that the Cybertruck reaches up to 17 inches of ground clearance in Extract Mode, credited to its four-corner air suspension system and adaptive dampers.

Locking differentials and torque vectoring elevate the Cybertruck’s off-road capabilities, while its fast-charging abilities enable a recovery of up to 136 miles within 15 minutes at a maximum charge rate of 250 kW. With steer-by-wire technology and rear-wheel steering, the Cybertruck boasts a tighter turning radius than the Model X and, according to Elon Musk, exceeds the McLaren P1 in torsional stiffness.

Elon Musk demonstrated the Cybertruck’s durability by revealing its rock-proof glass, capable of enduring a baseball at 70 mph or class 4 hail, and showcasing a video where a Tommy Gun failed to penetrate the vehicle’s side. Additionally, the doors are advertised as bulletproof to .45” & 9mm, emphasizing the truck’s robust protective features.

Looking inside, the Cybertruck features an 18.5-inch touchscreen on the dashboard and a 9.4-inch touchscreen for passengers in the rear seat. On the website, a 15-speaker audio system is showcased, although its standard inclusion remains unclear.

Accessories specifically designed for the Cybertruck have been introduced by Tesla, including a bed-mounted tent for camping and a roof-mounted light bar with a range of up to 525 yards. Despite the abundance of information, certain details, such as battery pack sizes, specifications, and the specific battery cells used in the manufacturing process, remain unknown.

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