Elon Musk has finally revealed the new Tesla Cybertruck, claiming some seriously impressive performance figures for the unconventionally styled electric bakkie.
The US-based firm says the new six-seater Cybertruck (which interestingly uses an integrated canopy) employs an exterior shell made for “ultimate durability and passenger protection”. The “nearly impenetrable” exoskeleton is fashioned from "ultra-hard" cold-rolled stainless steel, while the glass has been armoured.
Payload capacity comes in at a claimed 3 500 pounds (that’s nearly 1 600 kg), while towing capacity for the most powerful model is a claimed 14 000 pounds (or about 6 350 kg). Adjustable air suspension looks set to be offered across the range, too.
So, what about those performance claims? Well, the Cybertruck will be offered in three forms. The first is a single-motor (rear-driven) variant, which Tesla says will hit 60 mph (97 km/h) from standstill in 6,5 seconds, while featuring a range of more than 400 km.
Then there’s a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variant, which the company claims will complete the sprint in less than 4,5 seconds, while offering a range of more than 480 km. Lastly, Tesla says the triple-motor flagship will travel more than 800 km on a single charge and vanquish the obligatory sprint in less than 2,9 seconds.
The vehicle's approach angle is 35 degrees, while the departure angle comes in at 28 degrees, regardless of which variant you choose.
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