It’s finally here, the new Tesla Cybertruck is now road ready and the first customers are getting their cars. Carwow went along to the delivery event at Tesla’s gigafactory in Texas to get up close and personal with this new EV.
* New Tesla Cybertruck deliveries begin
* Prices start from £66,000
* Cheaper rear-wheel drive version coming in 2025
* Tesla not taking orders for Cybertruck in UK & EU (yet)
* Up to 845hp and 13,960Nm of torque
* 340 miles of claimed range
* Design stays true to concept
Four years have passed since Elon Musk initially unveiled the Cybertruck concept, and at last, it's a reality. While a few fortunate customers received their (probably digital) keys on November 30, the majority will wait well into 2024 and beyond to see a Cybertruck in their driveway.
New Tesla Cybertruck design: what’s changed since 2019?
It's almost surreal that four years have passed since Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Cybertruck concept. Now that the vehicle is finally here, let's delve into how many of the brand's commitments for this electric truck have come to fruition.
It may come as a surprise to see that the bonkers design has made it onto the road more or less unscathed. It still looks like a piece of stainless steel origami, and those body panels are actually bulletproof. The production car has the same slim LED light bar as the concept, although the main beams are very well-hidden in the lower bumper. Speaking of the front bumper, it’s slightly larger and lower than the original design, likely to conform to crash regulations.
The side profile maintains its distinct angular design, giving the Cybertruck the appearance of an axe head on wheels. The 20-inch diameter wheels, though seeming smaller due to the massive tires, retain the same appearance as the concept's, featuring identical aero wheel covers. All Cybertrucks will be delivered in the raw metal finish, yet Tesla has recently introduced two wrap options available at dealers for $6,500 (a little over £5,000). However, the choices are limited to just two: matte black or white.
The rear of the truck remains as distinct as the rest of its design, with only minor tweaks made to the lower bumper compared to the concept. Tesla has also incorporated the charging port into the black plastic wheel arch, deviating from the concept where it was cut into the bodywork.
New Tesla Cybertruck price and specs
The new Tesla Cybertruck now begins at $79,990 (£66,000) for the dual-motor all-wheel-drive model, and it climbs to $99,990 (£82,000) for the 'Cyberbeast' variant equipped with three motors and 845hp. This pricing exceeds the initial 2019 promise by almost $20,000 or over £15,000.
If that seems a bit rich for you, a rear-wheel drive version will be available in 2025 costing $60,990 (£50,000). You do have a hit in terms of range though, with it managing 250 miles on a charge compared to the 340 miles the dual-motor car can do.
If you live in the USA, you can currently put down a $250 deposit (£205) to secure your Cybertruck, and you’ll receive a call when your build slot is available. If you fancy driving this hatchet on wheels around your local town in the UK, bad news. The Cybertruck isn’t available to order here, or in Europe, and there’s no word on when, or if, it will be.
--------This article is partly excerpted from Jalopnik.