The Tesla Cybertruck is finally being delivered to customers after years of hype and speculation. I had the chance to test drive a near-production version to experience the controversial design, impressive performance specs, futuristic features, and unique driving dynamics firsthand. While it still looks like no other vehicle on the road, the Cybertruck shows tremendous potential as a versatile work truck and high-tech EV. However, the polarizing styling, higher-than-expected pricing, and unproven durability leave some open questions.
Driving the Tesla Cybertruck: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
🏎️ Achieves 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds with up to 850 hp
🛻 Can tow up to 14,000 pounds and haul heavy cargo
🚘 Goes over 300 miles of range on a full charge
🚪 Features innovative retractable door handles
🪟 Has the largest windshield of any production vehicle
🚥 Rear wheel steering allows insanely tight turns
🛼 Ride quality feels tight and well-dampened
⚡️ 800-volt architecture enables faster charging
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Mind-Blowing Performance: With up to 850 hp and 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds, the tri-motor Cybertruck annihilates just about any production pickup truck in acceleration. The instant torque is wildly fun yet easy to control.
Impressive Utility: Between the 6-foot bed that can carry heavy loads, towing capacity up to 14,000 pounds, onboard power outlets, and adaptive air suspension, the Cybertruck seems equipped for serious work.
High Pricing: With the triple motor version starting at around $100k, the Cybertruck loses its big price advantage against rival EV trucks. The tech and performance justify costs to an extent, but it's far from a budget option now.
Love It Or Hate It Styling: The completely flat and angular body panels made of stainless steel make the Cybertruck radically different from any vehicle on the market. It's a definite head-turner, but extremely polarizing.
Excellent Drivability: For such a large and unconventional truck, the Cybertruck handles surprisingly well thanks to the responsive steering with rear wheel steering and firm yet comfortable independent air suspension.
Unanswered Questions: We still need to see how well this first-of-its-kind EV pickup handles repeated abuse, towing, and off-road use over many miles to prove its game-changing durability.
High Potential: If Tesla can live up to its promises of nearly indestructible construction and consistent, high-quality production, the Cybertruck has serious potential to win over hardcore truck owners as a safer, quicker, and more tech-rich electric option.