It took waiting 4 whole years but, Tesla has finally started delivering the Cybertruck. The EV maker is currently delivering the first 1000 “Foundation Series” Cybebrtrucks with 3-headed Cyberbeast insignia and an apocalyptic warning from Elon Musk.
Some of the Cybertruck details we learned following the delivery event have been a bit of a head-scratcher. For starters, Tesla said the Cybertruck will have an optional range extender that can increase the Cybertruck’s EPA estimated range from 340 miles to 470 miles.
Although Elon Musk has come out and given us some of the details and thinking behind the Cybertruck’s range extender option, Tesla's decision was still a wowzer.
Shortly following the delivery event, Tesla also launched two new Cybertruck colors – satin black and satin white – which cost an extra $6,500. This was less controversial and more exciting.
Despite all the wonderful things coming with the Cybertruck, Tesla has been criticized for falling short of delivering on two important fronts – the price and range. The range for the top-of-the-line tri-motor Cybertruck was 180 miles shorter than what Tesla promised back in 2019 while at the same time costing an extra $30,000.
Having said that, as with all Tesla vehicles, the price will most likely drastically go down over time as Tesla ramps up production, and as for the range, there is at least an option to get the Cybertruck with a ranger extender, if the range is really important to you.
The Cybertruck price and the range are a cause for controversy however, one area that Tesla overdelivered when it comes to the Cybertruck is in the performance category.
Back in 2019, Tesla said the Cybertruck would have a 0 to 60 time of 2.9 seconds, however, Tesla delivered the truck with a 2.6 seconds 0 to 60 time. To put this into perspective, the Cybertruck’s 0 to 60 time is quicker than most supercars produced in 2023.
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At the delivery event, Tesla showed off the Cybertruck’s performance prowess by drag racing the all-electric truck against a Porsche 911, while towing a Porsche 911. And if you were wondering, the Cybertruck won.
This is incredible and we can’t wait to see the Cybertruck going against all sorts of vehicles in a drag race. And lucky for us, that’s exactly what Hagerty did. The YouTube channel was granted access to the Cybertruck and the site has run the Cybertruck against all sorts of vehicles.
The first drag race was between the Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T quad-motor AWD. From the get-go, you can see the Cybertruck leaving the Rivian in the rearview mirror (which the Cybertruck didn’t have).
And as the race went on, the Cybertruck seemed to be pulling even more ahead. The Rivian has comparable horsepower numbers to the Cybertruck and weighs about the same.
Up next, Hagerty pitted the Cybertruck against the Hammer EV which has over 1000 horsepower, to the Cybertruck’s 845 HP. The Hammer EV also has a 245KWh battery pack making it the gives it the record for the biggest battery pack in any vehicle.
Despite its increased power, the Hammer EV did not fare any better than the Rivian. Similar to the Rivian, the Cybertruck leaves the Hammer EV at the starting line and just keeps pulling ahead.
The Cybertruck completed the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds, the Rivian took 11.7 seconds and the Hammer EV took 11.9 seconds.
If you are wondering how the Cybertruck stacks up against other performance internal combustion trucks, Hagerty ran multiple tests showing the all-electric truck is faster than the Ford F-150 Raptor R and the Ram 1500 TRX.
Only a day after starting deliveries, the Cybertruck has officially taken the record for the fastest production pickup truck in the world.
This on its own is super impressive however, Hagerty also noticed a surprising capability of the Cybertruck’s. The truck is able to basically maintain the 11 seconds 0 to 60 time with battery charges even as low as 30%.
This makes the Cybertruck one of the most capable performance vehicles not just among pickup trucks but also all-electric vehicles and supercars.
The first Cybertruck drag race was certainly exciting however, since it’s barely a day since the truck started deliveries, we will be sure to keep you posted as more Cybertruck content hits the interwebs.
Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Excited to see the Cybertruck beat the Rivian R1T and Hammer EV in a drag race? Now we know all the Cybertruck details which pickup truck is your favorite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.