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‘Cyberbeast’: Elon Musk’s ‘Meme Truck’ is Finally Here

"I think this will be our magnum opus".

It might be two years late and up to USD$30,000 more expensive than first promised, but the Tesla Cybertruck is real. This all-electric, stainless steel exoskeleton, future-mobile, has been released to the American public with deliveries set to begin next year. Pricing starts at $USD60,990 for the rear-wheel-drive single motor model that isn’t due until 2025. If you want to purchase a Tesla Cybertruck today and receive it next year the cheapest model is the all-wheel-drive dual-motor model that’s priced from USD$79,990. The most expensive Cybertruck, aptly titled the ‘Cyberbeast’, is priced at USD$99,990.

There’s no word on whether we’ll see a Tesla Cybertruck in Australia with right-hand drive markets unlikely during the early stages of this vehicle’s lifecycle. You can sign up for updates on the Tesla Australia website but you cannot place a deposit or order a vehicle.

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2024 Tesla Cybertruck | Image: Tesla

Tesla Cybertruck Pricing

As mentioned, the current Tesla Cybertruck range starts from USD$60,990 for the rear-wheel-drive single-motor model, but this isn’t due until 2025. If you want to buy a Cybertruck today you have two options:

  • Tesla Cybertruck Rear-Wheel Drive (due 2025) – from USD$60,990 (AUD$91,000)
  • Tesla Cybertruck All-Wheel Drive – from USD$79,990 (AUD$120,000)
  • Tesla Cybertruck ‘Cyberbeast’ – from USD$99,990 (AUD$150,000)

Range

The longest-range Tesla Cybertruck is the middle-of-the-range ‘All Wheel Drive’ model that boasts 340 miles (547km) of range. This was originally pegged at 300 miles (483 km) but the brand exceeded expectations for this model. On the other hand, the top-of-the-range ‘Cyberbeast’ underdelivered on its original promise of over 500 miles (805km) with a listed range of 320 miles (520km). This is still on par with the likes of the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning which both have range estimates of around 500km.

Power and Acceleration

Of course, if we’re talking about Tesla we have to talk about power and acceleration and the Cybertruck delivers with a blistering 0-60mph time of just 2.6 seconds for the most-powerful ‘Cyberbeast’. This model offers 845HP through a triple-motor setup which is more than the quad-motor Rivian R1T that offers 835HP. The Hummer EV is the most powerful in this class with a 1000HP triple-motor setup but it only manages a 0-60mph time of 3.3 seconds because it weighs as much as your house.

Towing and Payload Capability

Towing was originally promised around 14,000 lbs however that’s been lowered to 11,000 lbs (4,990kg) for the production version of the Tesla Cybertruck which is still impressive. This bests the Ford F-150 Lightning by 1,000 lbs and equals the maximum towing capacity of the Rivian R1T. Hilariously, the Hummer EV can only tow a maximum of 7,500 lbs.

As far as payload is concerned, you’re looking at 2,500 lbs (1,134kg) which is less than the 3,500 lbs originally planned for the vehicle.

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Tesla cybertruck in the desert
2024 Tesla Cybertruck | Image: Tesla

Brief History of Cybertruck Delays

The Tesla Cybertruck has seen several delayed launches, including:

  • August 9, 2021: Tesla Cybertruck production is delayed until 2022 according to Tesla’s website.
  • January 2022: Production delayed to early 2023
  • January 2022: All mentions of the 2022 production date on the Tesla website were removed.
  • April 8 2022: Elon Musk confirms Tesla Cybertruck will be released in 2023.
  • May 18 2022: Preorders were removed from all markets outside North America, Mexico, and Canada.
  • November 1 2023: Elon Musk confirms Cybertruck delivery event on November 30, 2023.

In the latest Tesla keynote session, founder and CEO Elon Musk confirmed the Tesla Cybertruck will be released in 2023 with a release date scheduled for November 30, 2023.

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What we learned from the Cyber Rodeo at Giga Texas: Musk opened the Cybertruck session in the only way he knows how, an awkward joke, stating “So uh, we’re going to smash the window again,” about the 2019 failure where Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen shattered the “bulletproof” glass live on stage and sent the TSLA share price down 6% in the process.

The latest prototype of the stainless-steel-clad vehicle shows a complete absence of door handles. Why? We’re not sure, as they seem to work pretty well on most cars, but maybe the same argument can be made for a round steering wheel. Here’s what Elon had to say at the event: “You can see some of the changes we made already, there are no door handles. Who needs handles? The car can tell that you’re there and knows that it needs to open.”

“We’re going to have an incredible Cybertruck product for you next year, it’s going to blow your mind”

Lead designer Franz von Holzhausen also shared his thoughts on the competition, likely pointing the finger at the well-received and highly successful Rivian R1T, by stating “There is no other truck, everything else pales in comparison, this is the only one you need.”

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Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.