A Production Beta Cybertruck Spotted Out Testing Near Tesla Design Studio Following Elon Musk’s Review
The Cybertruck is Tesla’s most daring vehicle design to date. The futuristic truck, unlike most vehicles, has an exoskeleton body and will be made out of 90% recycled stainless steel.
Despite the already groundbreaking design of the Cybertruck shown off at the unveiling event back in 2019, the vehicle in the meantime has still seen several notable design changes.
The redesigned Cybertruck has several changes including rear-wheel steering, handless doors, an opening from the bed to the rear seats, and many smaller changes.
Musk has also confirmed there will be a new quad-motor Cybertruck variant. Even though Elon hasn’t shared details of the new truck, insider leaks have suggested it will have 0 to 60 mph time of under 2 seconds.
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Recently we also got a sneak peek at the new interior of the redesigned Cybertruck. This new interior has some notable changes such as the white rectangular marble-looking dashboard of the Cybertruck prototype is now replaced with a more traditional triangular shape and black material resembling the dashboard of the refreshed Model S & X.
And like the new Model S & X, the redesigned Cybertruck interior now also comes with a second screen behind the steering wheel. And other changes we were able to notice include an attachment for side view screens, a less angular seat design, and a new center console.
And if all these changes weren’t enough, recently Elon Musk has teased us with a picture of a Cybertruck design with 6 wheels and a much wider body.
Every design improvement has made the Cybertruck an even more compelling vehicle than it already is however, according to the third part of Elon Musk’s interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, the Tesla CEO says they have finalized the design of the Cybertruck.
And since then, thanks to a video of a new Cybertruck prototype that surfaced online, we were able to see all the final changes Tesla has made to the futuristic truck before the start of production.
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In the above video, we can see Tesla has made changes to the Cybertruck’s taillights. When the vehicle parks, a new pattern of brake lights can be seen which wasn’t present in previous Cybertruck prototype spottings.
On the new prototype, we can see Tesla has broken up the taillight into sections as opposed to previous prototypes where it used to be one continuous bar across the tailgate. Now, the part of the taillight which is mounted on the rear body has twice the length of that of the taillight which is on the tailgate.
And the black bar that surrounds the taillight is now much larger and matches the increased size of the taillight which is mounted on the rear body.
Another change we can see is the addition of two reverse lights on each side of the futuristic truck’s license plate. We can also see the addition of two reflectors at the bottom of the tailgate.
However, when we thought we have seen all the changes Tesla has made to the futuristic truck, today, we received yet another image of a new Cybertruck prototype.
The image was taken near Tesla’s design studio in Palo Alto, California. And follows Elon Musk’s Twitter announcement yesterday that he “was just reviewing the production beta Cybertruck,” and that “it is incredible.”
I was just reviewing the production beta Cybertruck. It is incredible.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2023
Unfortunately, we only got a single grainy picture, however, we can still make out additional changes Tesla has made to the final design of the Cybertruck.
Cybertruck spotted in Palo Alto yesterday!
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The most notable of these changes is the design of the side view mirrors. The large rectangular side view mirror of prior prototypes is now replaced by a much smaller and triangular side view mirror design.
Tesla presumably made this change in order to improve the overall aerodynamics of the vehicle. However, if you are not a fan of the new side-view mirror design, you shouldn’t worry as Elon Musk has confirmed that the side-view mirrors are removable and that the Cybertruck will instead come equipped with screens in the interior that will serve as side-view mirror.
Another change we can see is that Tesla has added a large rear bumper diffuser. That is the black plastic-looking bump you can see underneath the rear of the vehicle. Tesla presumably also added this piece to improve the aerodynamics of the truck.
Although not the most aesthetically pleasing choice, in my opinion, this is still an improvement as long as it doesn’t meaningfully affect the vehicle’s clearance.
Admittedly the changes are not significant in light of the overall design of the Cybertruck, however, it is still nice to see Tesla making the final tweaks that elevate the Cybertruck from a cool prototype into a vehicle that meets all the necessary requirements to legally be driven out on public roads.
From the single grainy picture, these are the changes we were able to spot on the new Cybertruck prototype however, we will be sure to keep you posted with all the changes Tesla makes to the futuristic truck until the start of production.
Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
Image: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see all the final tweaks Tesla has made to make the Cybertruck road legal? Also, have you been able to stop any more changes that we haven’t mentioned above? Let me know your thoughts in the comment below.
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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