It has now been more than a week since Tesla finally started delivering the first Cybertrucks to customers. Cybertrucks currently making their way to customers’ hands are the first 1000 “Foundation Series” trucks with laser-etched Cyberbeast insignia and other unique features.
And as the truck finds its way to more and more people, we are starting to see the Cybertruck pitted against other vehicles in its segment.
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We’ve also seen the Cybertruck in the hands of automotive journalists and YouTubers. During Hagerty’s Cybertruck review, the truck takes on a go-kart race track. In the review video, you can see Cybertruck utilizing its breakthrough steer-by-wire system to make children’s play of the track’s tight turns.
In Hagerty’s video, we’ve also learned about all the groundbreaking engineering advancements that have rolled out with the Cybertruck. These include the 48-volt architecture, high bandwidth ethernet cable wiring, steer-by-wire system, and so many other “under the hood” breakthroughs.
Tesla’s advancement to 48-volt architecture is so crucial that the EV maker sent out a “How to design a 48-volt vehicle” guide to all automotive CEOs. Ford CEO Jim Farley yesterday confirmed that he has received his copy of the how-to Tesla guide which promoted Elon Musk to respond.
MKBHD, now that it has been a few days from his blockbuster Cybertruck review, has also released his second Cybertruck impressions video where he discusses what he liked and disliked about the truck.
All of these Cybertruck takes have all been exciting, however, the biggest one we’ve all been waiting for was to see how the Cybertruck stacks up against the unofficial king of all pickup trucks which is the $110,000 37-inch tire massive off-roady Ford F-150 Raptor R.
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The F-150 Raptor R is the top-of-the-line truck in Ford’s pickup lineup and is powered by a 5.2L Supercharged V8 that can output 700 horsepower, 650 pound-feet (868 Newton-meters) of torque and comes standard with robust off-road suspension plus 37" all-terrain tires with forged aluminum wheels.
To put it bluntly, this is the best Ford can create when it comes to pickup trucks. So how does it compare with the new tri-motor Tesla “Cybertrbeast” Cybertruck?
Going simply by the numbers, the Cybertruck Cyberbeast has the F-150 Raptor R beat-handedly. The Cybertruck has 845 horsepower, 685 pound-feet (930 Newton-meters) of torque, 35-inch tires with an industry-leading air suspension with 12 inches of travel and 17 inches of ground clearance.
According to their respective specs, the Cybertruck appears to be ahead however, two things to keep in mind here is, first, although the Cybertruck is more powerful than the F-150 Raptor R, the Tesla truck weighs more than the Ford truck.
The Cybertruck weighs 6843 lbs whereas the Ford F-150 Raptor weighs 5959 lbs, there is almost a 900 lbs difference between the weights of these vehicles which should close the performance gap.
The second thing to keep in mind is that numbers on paper don’t necessarily reflect the reality of what’s going to happen when the vehicles are put on the ground.
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So how do the two vehicles measure up against each other when put on the ground? Matt Watson from the Car Wow YouTube channel has pitted these vehicles against each other in a drag race.
In the video, you can see the Cyberbeast Cybertruck and the Ford F-150 Raptor R going on back-to-back drag races and the F-150 Raptor R is no much for the Tesla. In all 4 drag races, the Cyberbeast smokes the F-150 Raptor R.
The Cybertruck was able to finish the standing quarter mile in 11.2 seconds whereas it took the F-150 Raptor R over a second more to finish the same distance at 12.4 seconds.
The story gets even worse for the F-150 Raptor R when the vehicles are compared in a rolling drag race from 20 mph. The Cybertruck leaves the F-150 Raptor R in the dust even more significantly at higher speeds.
At this point, I can hear you saying the Ford F-150 Raptor R is an off-roading truck it doesn’t matter how the vehicle performs in a race track.
Well funny you should mention that. Matt Watson, being clever as he is, runs an additional comparison where the Cybertruck drives on a pile of dirt adjacent to the track. In this test, the Cybertruck races the F-150 Raptor R on a dirt road while the Ford is on the asphalt.
Surprisingly enough, even when given this significant advantage, the F-150 Raptor R is still unable to outrun the Cybertruck. The video is incredible and I highly recommend you watch it in its entirety although if you’re an F-150 fan I suggest you brace yourself.
After watching this video, it’s hard to justify paying $110,000 for a Ford F-150 Raptor R over the Cyberbeast Cybertruck which costs $10,000 less starting at $99,900. There doesn’t appear to be a single metric the Ford F-150 beats the Cybertruck despite costing more.
This video proves that there is a new pickup truck king in town and if I were Ford, I would be really worried right about now.
Currently, this is all the information we’ve about the performance of the two trucks however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as more Cybertruck comparison videos are posted. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Were you surprised to see the Cyberbeast annihilating the Ford F-150 Raptor R? Do you think the Cybertruck’s existence threatens Ford’s pickup truck sales? Let us know your thoughts in the comments 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 Tesla news.