Everything You Need To Know About The Tesla Cybertruck: Launch Date, Price, Specs

Tesla Cybertruck Launch Date Price Specs

Despite the fact Tesla is yet to deliver a single Cybertruck to a paying customer, the angular utility vehicle remains one of the most discussed, debated and hotly anticipated cars ever announced. Sure, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been a busy man since the car was first announced, but with news that the Cybertruck launch date has been pushed back again, we wanted to take a closer look at the specs and price of the Mars-ready ride.

Tesla Cybertruck Updates

  • 21 November 2019: Tesla Cybertruck was first unveiled at the Tesla Design Studio in LA. This was the event that Cyberytruck designer Franz von Holzhausen accidentally broke the “Armour glass” windows with a steel ball that Tesla claimed was unbreakable. Tesla stated they would begin Cybertruck production by the end of 2021.
  • 23 November 2019: Using his favourite medium of communication, Elon Musk took to Twitter to state Tesla had received 146,000 pre-orders of the Cybertruck within 36 hours. A pre-order could be made by making a refundable $100 deposit. The number of preorders was reportedly 250,000 by 26 November.
  • 22 July 2020: Tesla confirmed the manufacturing location for Cybertruck production would be at Tesla’s Gigafactory, Texas.
  • 9 August 2021: Tesla’s website published a statement outlining that the production of the Cybertruck would be delayed till early 2022.
  • 13 January 2022: Reuters report the production of the Tesla Cybertruck had been delayed again, suggesting it wouldn’t begin till the first quarter of 2023. Tesla removed all mentions of a production timeline for the Cybertruck from the Tesla website.
  • April 8 2022: Elon Musk confirms the Tesla Cybertruck won’t begin production until 2023.
Tesla Cybertruck Launch Date Price Specs

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Tesla Cybertruck Release Date

We’re still waiting for Tesla to confirm a specific release date of when the first Cybertruck reservation holders will receive their vehicles. At this stage, it looks like the soonest could be late 2023, but likely pushing into early 2024.



Tesla Cybertruck Price

The Tesla Cybertruck will be available in at least four different configurations, which include a Single Motor RWD, a Dual Motor AWD, a Tri-Motor AWD and finally a Quad Motor AWD.

  • Single Motor Cybertruck RWD: US$39,900 (~AU$55,500)
  • Dual Motor Cybertruck AWD: US$49,900 (~AU$69,400)
  • Tri-Motor Cybertruck AWD: US$69,900 (~AU$97,300)
  • Quad Motor AWD: $TBC
Everything You Need To Know About The Tesla Cybertruck: Launch Date, Price, Specs

Tesla Cybertruck Design

The Tesla Cybertruck design is an understandably polarising one, as an aggressively angular electric pickup truck that Musk has said was inspired by the Lotus Esprit. While the Lotus Esprit was made from 1976 until 2005, it’s clear that it was the more angular iterations of the British sports car from the late ’70s and early ’80s that served as the kernel of inspiration for Musk.

It’s also not a long bow to draw to see the design of the Cybertruck as the realisation of a childhood dream of Musk, who has publicly stated that his work building SpaceX grew from his dream of visiting space as a child. Musk was born in 1971, so it’s easy to imagine Elon growing up as a child in South Africa and being fascinated by the weird and wonderful shapes of cars from his pre-teen years.

Of those that the Cybertruck reminds us of, we would include the 1982 Lotus Esprit Series 3, the 1979 Aston Martin Bulldog, the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 and even the 1978 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S. Ten or eleven-year-old Elon Musk would have been equally enamoured with the geometric vehicle shapes in the 1982 Blade Runner film, which he has also cited as an inspiration of the Cybertruck.

Tesla Cybertruck Launch Date Price Specs
Clockwise from top left, the 1979 Aston Martin Bulldog, the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, the 1978 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S, and the 1982 Lotus Esprit Series 3.

However, such a distinct aesthetic does come with some practical functionality in the Cybertruck, which has a very different structural design from standard petrol or diesel pickup trucks. Most utility vehicles feature body-on-frame construction, where the cabin is manufactured as separate from the chassis, but the Cybertruck has a unibody construction (called “exoskeleton” by Tesla) due to the under-floor battery pack.

This is part of the reason behind the ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless-steel panels that make up the body of the Cybertruck, which can’t be stamped like standard car panels and can only be bent along straight lines. It’s the same steel that SpaceX uses in its rockets, chosen because it more evenly distributes stress as well as being stronger than standard types of automotive steel.

Everything You Need To Know About The Tesla Cybertruck: Launch Date, Price, Specs

Beyond the nearly impenetrable exoskeleton of stainless steel exterior shell and Tesla armor glass, the Cybertruck uses adjustable air suspension for a smooth ride and has plenty of storage space thanks to the tray with 100 cubic feet of lockable storage. Thanks to its electric motors, the Tesla pickup towing capacity exceeds 14,000 pounds (6,350kg) for the tri-motor AWD, while the single motor model and dual motor AWD version offer a more modest payload capacity.



The Tesla Cybertruck interior seats six thanks to a pair of bench seats, while the driver’s attention will be split between the road and the 17-inch display screen that communicates similar information to other Tesla model electric vehicles. Rather than a standard circular wheel, Tesla’s electric pickup truck will feature a yoke steering wheel, just to make you feel like you’re driving a Mars rover.

Everything You Need To Know About The Tesla Cybertruck: Launch Date, Price, Specs

Tesla Cybertruck Range & Speed

Depending on if you pick out the base model Tesla Cybertruck or the advanced new quad motor model (the specs of which are still to be confirmed), the specifications of the various electric trucks be slightly different in terms of speed and miles of range.

Range

  • Single Motor RWD: 400 km (250 mi)
  • Dual Motor AWD: 480 km (300 mi)
  • Tri-Motor AWD: 800 km (500 mi)

Speed

  • Single Motor RWD: 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) is < 6.5 seconds, top speed is 175 km/h (110 mph)
  • Dual Motor AWD: 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) is < 4.5 seconds, top speed is 195 km/h (120 mph)
  • Tri-Motor AWD: 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) is < 2.9 seconds, top speed is 210 km/h (130 mph)

So there you have it, everything that has been confirmed so far about the Cybertruck, from what we know about the launch date and the range Tesla aims to deliver, to the price of the different models and their corresponding specs. It’s a genuinely cool looking car, from one of the most exciting automotive manufacturers of this generation, and we can’t wait to see the Cybertruck out on the streets of Australia.

Tesla Cybertruck Launch Date, Price & Specs – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Tesla Cybertruck launch date?

    Best estimates put the Tesla Cybertruck arriving in late 2023, or early 2024.

  2. How much is the Tesla Cybertruck?

    The Tesla Cybertruck will cost approximately between AU$55,500 and AU$97,300.

  3. How fast is the Tesla Cybertruck?

    The Quad Motor All-Wheel Drive Tesla Cybertruck has a 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) of less than 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).