Tesla has delivered the first Cybertrucks at a much-hyped event at its Austin, Texas, Gigafactory. A dozen or so were handed over to owners, but even those who left without a new all-electric truck have more specs and details on Tesla’s long-awaited cyberpunk cubist, including still-estimated pricing.
Powertrains and Range
Two all-wheel-drive variations of the Cybertruck are available to order now, and Tesla says a rear-drive base model will arrive in 2025. The headliner is the Cyberbeast trim, which has three electric motors generating a total of 845 horsepower and a claimed 10,296 pounds-feet of torque. Tesla says the Cyberbeast can hit 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, run the quarter-mile in less than 11 and has a top speed of 130 mph. Unlike other vehicles capable of that sort of acceleration, it can also tow 11,000 pounds and handle a 2,500-pound payload. Range is quoted as 320 miles or “more than 440” when equipped with what Tesla calls a “range extender,” which according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk is an additional battery that takes up about a third of the bed.
The cheaper of the two AWD trucks is still rather beastly, with 600 hp enabling a 4.1-second 0-60 sprint and a top speed of 112 mph. With its less powerful motors sucking less energy from the battery pack, this Cybertruck is said to be good for 340 miles or more than 470 with the range extender. With onboard chargers capable of taking up to 250 kilowatts, Tesla says the trucks will be able to recharge up to 136 miles in just 15 minutes when connected to a Supercharger and that the AWD versions have an energy consumption rating of 42.9 kWh per 100 miles.
When the rear-drive truck appears, it will presumably also have a smaller battery, as Tesla says it will be able to manage just 250 miles on a charge. The company isn’t making any power claims for this truck yet but says it will hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 112 mph, and it has a tow rating of 7,500 pounds.
At 223.7 inches long, the Cybertruck stretches just 2 inches shy of a Chevrolet Suburban SUV. Its 86.6-inch width (with the mirrors folded) is the same as the 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor’s, which makes us wonder why the Cybertruck doesn’t have three little amber lights somewhere in its nose. (The Raptor and the late Ram 1500 TRX both did because federal regulations require them on any vehicle 80 inches wide or greater.) The Cybertruck’s height, on the other hand, is a totally normal 70.5 inches.
Speaking of the Raptor, Tesla claims the Cybertruck’s height-adjustable suspension will enable a maximum of 17.4 inches of ground clearance, which bests Ford’s desert all-star by 5.4 inches. But the Raptor tops the Cybertruck in suspension travel, with a maximum of 15 inches besting the Tesla’s 12.
Don’t think for a second, though, that the Cybertruck is short on macho posturing. Designer Franz von Holzhausen famously broke a window with a steel ball while trying to demonstrate its toughness at the Cybertruck’s reveal back in 2019, but Tesla still maintains that its “armor glass” can take a 70 mph baseball and withstand Class 4 hail, which is a measure of toughness for roofing as defined by the Underwriters Laboratories’ UL 2218 scale that means it can withstand a 2-inch steel ball being dropped from 20 feet repeatedly.
Not only did the delivery event feature a video showing a Tommy gun being fired at a Cybertruck, but the vehicle also boasts Tesla’s “Bioweapon Defense Mode” that uses a “hospital-grade” HEPA filter that is effective against a claimed 99.97% of airborne particles. An available light bar mounts above the windshield and can illuminate bioshock troopers up to 525 yards distant. Tesla also offers an in-bed tent that it says will fit two adults comfortably and pumps up in minutes; it’s unclear if the tent seals out bioweapons.
For more normal truck stuff, the Cybertruck’s bed measures 4 feet by 6 feet and will accommodate standard 4-by-8 building materials with the tailgate down. There are 120- and 240-volt outlets in the bed and in the cab for powering all manner of tools and apocalyptic paraphernalia, and Tesla says that with the ability to output 11.5 kW, the Cybertruck can power your home for up to three days.
Inside, there is seating for five occupants. An 18.5-inch touchscreen dominates the center of the dash, and rear passengers get their own 9.4-inch display. A 15-speaker sound system (including two subwoofers) is standard. The Cybertruck has 67 cubic feet of lockable storage, which presumably includes the bed with its sliding cover, as Tesla notes that folding the rear seats nets an extra 53.9 cubic-feet.
There’s still much to be revealed about the Cybertruck, including final pricing and destination charge. So far, all Tesla has shared are estimates, though one intrepid fan claims to have dug into the source code for Tesla’s website and says the range extender will cost $16,000.