Few automobiles – if any – have generated such monumental curiosity amongst customers years earlier than their launch because the Tesla Cybertruck. Hardly a day goes by with out the Cybertruck making information, and more often than not it does so for probably the most trivial causes, an indication of how a lot expectation there may be for it.
Regardless of the relentless barrage of Cybertruck information, we all know remarkably little about it. Effectively, which will change now as a result of one Tesla shareholder claims to have the perfect scoop to this point on the electrical truck together with dimensions, configurations, commonplace options, and equipment.
Matthew Donegan-Ryan was among the many 50 fortunate retail Tesla stockholders invited to attend Tesla Investor Day 2023 in Austin, Texas. He made probably the most of his time there by speaking to a number of Tesla execs and studying particulars concerning the Cybertruck.
Earlier than diving into these, you need to know that not one of the particulars have been formally confirmed by Tesla but, so you need to take every little thing that follows with the proverbial pinch of salt.
Beginning with the scale, Matthew claims the Cybertruck is about 5 % smaller than the prototype unveiled in 2019. He says the Cybertruck is about the identical dimension as a Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew.
Extra particularly, the pre-production beta prototype is about 1.5 inches shorter and a pair of.5 inches narrower, but it surely has an extended mattress (by roughly 6 inches) because of the shorter hood – see estimated dimensions within the desk beneath. Talking of the truck mattress, Donegan-Ryan’s impression was that it is watertight and has drain plugs. Will it float, although?
Matthew says the Tesla workers that provided him details about the scale additionally mentioned the Cybertruck will provide extra usable house than the F-150 Raptor, which isn’t shocking given the Tesla’s devoted EV platform which permits it to supply a frunk and extra storage areas all through the cabin.
That mentioned, the Cybertruck will not seat three within the entrance row, as the unique prototype entrance heart seat is gone. That was additionally our impression after seeing inside photographs of the pre-production beta prototype from the Investor Day occasion. Moreover, there can be no passthrough from the mattress to the cabin – the so-called midgate – though Matthew says the rear window does go down.
Talking of the inside, Donegan-Ryan claims the Cybertruck has the most important heart show ever fitted on a Tesla at 18.5 inches, however no gauge cluster show or heads-up show. It additionally has a second-row heart show like Mannequin S and Mannequin X, whereas the steering wheel can be a mix of the yoke and a spherical unit.
Transferring on to configurations, he realized that Tesla will provide a dual-motor and a “Efficiency,” which might have a tri-motor setup regardless of Elon Musk beforehand saying that it will launch with a quad-motor powertrain. At the very least that was Matthew’s impression after the discussions with Tesla workers.
Come to consider it, a tri-motor powertrain makes extra financial sense for Tesla seeing because it already presents one within the Mannequin S and Mannequin X Plaid.
In the case of options, all Cybertruck fashions are mentioned to have commonplace rear-wheel steering and air suspension examined for Baja model terrain/racing, together with 18-inch wheels because the default selection. All-terrain and all-season tires can be provided as a part of a number of rim and tire packages. Donegan-Ryan says he was instructed the A/T tire dimension is 285/75 R18 and it is made by Goodyear.
One other attention-grabbing factor he realized is that Tesla will develop equipment for the Cybertruck by itself as an alternative of working with aftermarket firms. The automaker has apparently established a Cybertruck Equipment Crew that can provide off-roading, tenting, and racing gear for homeowners who will need to personalize their automobile, together with equipment suitable with the 48-volt system like winches, auxiliary lights, and extra.
There’s much more within the video, however be suggested that Matthew’s feedback on weight, value, and vary are pure hypothesis as he admits himself on Twitter.
The Cybertruck stays on monitor to begin preliminary manufacturing this summer time, with quantity manufacturing to observe in 2024.