In the Tesla Cybertruck, cowboys feel like they’re in space

In the Tesla Cybertruck, cowboys feel like they’re in space

Clear edge: Well, the design of the Tesla Cybertruck can also be achieved using a fixed square. Photo: Thomas Geiger/dpa-tmn/dpa

It took longer, but now the time has come: Tesla has been releasing the Cybertruck for a few weeks now, and since the research was presented five or more years ago, apart from the base price of 60,990 US dollars, nothing much has changed. And of course this basic model won’t be available until next year at the earliest. It currently starts at US$79,990 and is initially only available in the US.

While experts debate whether the flatbed truck can be registered in Europe due to its non-conforming body design, Tesla has yet to announce anything about shipping.

But because the American is one of the most important car manufacturers and there is no first show of horsepower that is hotly debated at the moment, it is better to be watched first.

Itching at first sight

And even this first glance is offensive. Because Tesla abandons all traditions in this segment and has created a pick-up, which is short in comparison to American standards of 5.7 meters, in a very futuristic way. Not only is there no radiator, but there is also no “face” because the headlights are lost in a narrow LED band. And where regular trucks are as sleek as a flatbed truck, Tesla in profile looks like a big square from math class – only on wheels.

Extreme provocation meets superior production

The shape is not just pure provocation, but as usual for Tesla, it is also due to production. Because to save money and time on painting, they build the car from stainless steel. It is claimed to be not only fearsome, but even bulletproof and corresponds to the advertised bulletproof glass for windows. But it’s hard to bend, which is why Cybertruck has more corners and sharper edges than other models.

Naked, modest and carefree

Inside, the Cybertruck is typically a Tesla and therefore cannot be compared to any conventional options. Where they have a good home design, they look bare and mature and offer few shelves in comparison. Only the large screen in the center serves as the central display and control element.

And the Cybertruck is also hard to compare to a top dog like the Ford F-150. The size of the loading area, the load and the towing capacity are probably the same – but where the long-time favorites have matured over the decades into practical tools with all kinds of clever details, the Tesla has it, including the roller blind over the bed and the Frunk – shelf under the front hood – not much to give.

It drives like a Porsche with a flatbed

However, the driving time is closer to a Porsche than a flatbed truck. And to get this feeling you don’t even have to order 621 kW/845 hp Cyberbeast, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds. The all-wheel drive model, of which the delivery has started, makes conventional pick-ups appear rather thin-chested with 441 kW/600 hp.

Energy for the feat is provided by a battery, which Tesla does not explain in more detail, but which must have at least 100 kWh. Otherwise more than 500 authorized kilometers would not be possible before recharging up to 250 kW. And if freedom isn’t enough, Americans are selling a range-extending series for the first time. Unlike the previous BMW i3 or the current Mazda MX-30, this is not a combination of a gasoline engine and a generator, but an additional battery for about 200 km on the platform.

Can he also ride?

In theory, the Cybertruck is also suitable for off-road use: After all, why does it have an air suspension that increases ground clearance up to 40 centimeters at the push of a button. And all-wheel drive is of course also available on a large number of models. But at least many Internet videos suggest that it is not as easy in the mud and snow as Tesla would have us believe.

And the Cybertruck also has its problems on the road. In any case, the suspension of the test car is so stubborn that you really feel like a cowboy on a rough road. And with a combination of square steering, drive-by-wire steering with no mechanical connection to the wheels and unusually strong rear axle steering, it takes a lot of practice until you get it right and can wipe it off cleanly. a curve But you have to make a few compromises if you want to be the center of attention always and everywhere.

Conclusion: Hero of show-offs, not for employees

Did Elon Musk screw it up with the Cybertruck? While the Tesla boss has so far been praised by many critics and adored by customers, this time he is being heavily criticized. Because even for most Tesla fans, the truck is too apocalyptic. But what bothers some people is the main reason for others to buy. Because while it may not be as faithful a worker as the F-150, as a show car it steals the show even from Ferrari.

Datasheet: Tesla Cybertruck AWD

Engine and drive: Two electric motors
Maximum power: 441 kW/600 PS
Maximum Torque: K.A
Run: all wheels
Transmission: One speed automatic
mass and weight
Long time: 5683 mm
Width: 2201 mm
Height: 1791 mm
Wheel base: K.A
Empty weight: 2995 kg
Loading: K.A
Stem volume: up to 3424 liters
Driving data:
Maximum speed: 180 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4, 3 ch
Battery capacity (total): K.A
Average usage: K.A
Frequency: 547 kilometers
Charging AC/DC: 22/250 kW
CO2 Emissions: 0 g/km
Fuel: Strom
Base price of model series: 60 990 US Dollar
Cybertruck AWD Price: : 79 990 US Dollar
Types of classes: K.A
Car tax: K.A
Commonly needed equipment:
Security: Six airbags, ESP, lane keeping and distance control
Comfort: Air conditioning, digital display, navigation, rear view camera, electric blind over the loading area