Tesla Cybertruck

No, you haven’t been sucked into a lowres video game. The new all-electric Tesla Cybertruck looks just like an animated, armoured vehicle whose pixels are taking a while to render.

When Elon Musk rolled out the Cybertruck in November 2019, the truck’s strikingly angular design certainly caught people’s attention, but auto experts say the look has as much to do with function as form. Unlike many bakkies, the Cybertruck has a unibody design, which means the vehicle is built around a metal scaffolding, according to TechCrunch. In standard bakkies, the vehicle’s body rests atop a metal frame that both supports the engine and absorbs physical stresses.

The Cybertruck boasts a maximum towing capacity of 6 350 kg and a payload of 1 580 kg, according to Outside magazine. Although powerful, the truck body remains lightweight thanks to its stainless-steel monocoque frame. The reduced weight enables the all-wheel-drive model to accelerate from 0–100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, even though its battery alone weighs more than 450 kg. The same stainless steel that is used for the Cybertruck encases SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft, and Tesla claims the metal will resist dents, corrosion and even bullets. The truck’s ‘armoured-glass’ windows proved less impressive, though. Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, chucked a steel ball at not one, but two windows during the unveiling event, shattering both. ‘It didn’t go through, so that’s a plus side,’ Musk said. ‘Room for improvement.’

For the product launch, Tesla showed a video of the Cybertruck winning a tug of war against the top-selling US bakkie, the Ford F-150.

SPECS

Dual motor all-wheel drive, 0–100 km/h in less than 2.9 sec, 800 km battery range, adaptive air suspension, ± R718 000

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