May 28, 2024
Show-off car in the test: Tesla Cybertruck drives like a Porsche with a flatbed
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Show-off car in the test: Tesla Cybertruck drives like a Porsche with a flatbed

Show-off car in the test
Tesla Cybertruck drives like a Porsche with a flatbed

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Tesla has recently started delivering the Cybertruck, at least in the USA. Where normal pick-ups feel more like a bonanza, the Cybertruck beams Americans directly into space. But the flatbed truck does everything differently. But also better?

It took a little longer, but now the time has come: Tesla has actually been delivering the Cybertruck for a few weeks now and since the study was presented five or so years ago, there has been no change to it other than the base price of $60,990 changed a lot. And of course this basic model won’t be available until next year at the earliest. It currently starts at 79,990 US dollars and initially only in the USA.

While the experts are arguing about whether the flatbed truck could even be registered in Europe given its inconsiderate body structure, Tesla has not yet announced anything about exports. But because the Americans are one of the most important car manufacturers and no horsepower premiere is currently being discussed so hotly, it’s definitely worth taking a first look.

Irritation at first sight

The Tesla Cybertruck doesn't look like a classic pickup truck. The Tesla Cybertruck doesn't look like a classic pickup truck.

The Tesla Cybertruck doesn’t look like a classic pickup truck.

(Photo: Trevor Jolin/Tesla/dpa)

And even this first glance is irritating. Because Tesla is breaking with all traditions in this segment and has designed the pick-up, which is comparatively short by US standards at 5.7 meters, in an extremely futuristic way. Not only is there no radiator, but there is also no “face” because the headlights disappear into a narrow LED band. And where classic trucks have a silhouette like a flatbed truck, the Tesla in profile looks almost like a huge set square from math class – only on wheels.

The shape is not just pure provocation, but as is often the case with Tesla, it is also due to production. Because to save money and time on painting, they build the car out of stainless steel. It is supposedly not only shockproof, but even bulletproof and matches the advertised bulletproof glass for the windows. But it’s difficult to bend, which is why the Cybertruck has more corners and sharper edges than other pickups.

Naked, sober and without a care

You have to like reduction to feel comfortable in the Tesla Cybertruck. You have to like reduction to feel comfortable in the Tesla Cybertruck.

You have to like reduction to feel comfortable in the Tesla Cybertruck.

(Photo: Thomas Geiger/dpa tmn)

Inside, the Cybertruck is typically Tesla and therefore cannot be compared with any of the classic pick-ups. Where they have a decidedly homely design, they appear naked and sober and offer comparatively few shelves. The large screen in the middle alone serves as the central display and control element.

And the Cybertruck is also difficult to compare with top dogs like the Ford F-150. The size of the loading area, the payload and towing capacity are perhaps on par – but where the long-running favorites have matured over the decades into practical tools with all sorts of clever details, Tesla has, in addition to the roller blind over the bed and the Frunk – the shelf under the front hood – not much to offer.

Closer to the Porsche than the flatbed truck

The loading area has a roller blind to cover it. The loading area has a roller blind to cover it.

The loading area has a roller blind to cover it.

(Photo: Thomas Geiger/dpa tmn)

However, when driving it is closer to a Porsche than a flatbed truck. And to get this impression you don’t even have to order the 621 kW/845 hp Cyberbeast, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. The all-wheel-drive model, with which deliveries have begun, makes classic pick-ups appear rather narrow-chested with its 441 kW/600 hp.

The energy for the feat is provided by a battery, which Tesla does not specify in more detail, but which must have at least 100 kWh. Otherwise the more than 500 certified kilometers would hardly be possible before recharging with up to 250 kW. And if the autonomy isn’t enough, the Americans are selling a range extender for the first time. Unlike the previous BMW i3 or currently the Mazda MX-30, this is not a combination of petrol engine and generator, but an additional battery for around 200 kilometers on the platform.

Can he also climb?

In theory, the Cybertruck is also suitable for off-road use: After all, why does it have air suspension that increases the ground clearance to 40 centimeters at the push of a button? And all-wheel drive is of course also available for the vast majority of models. But at least many Internet videos suggest that it’s not as easy in mud and snow as Tesla would like us to 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 actually feel like a cowboy on bad roads. And with the combination of a square steering wheel, callous drive-by-wire steering without a mechanical connection to the wheels and an unusually strong rear axle steering, it takes a lot of practice until you get the hang of it and can corner cleanly. But you have to make a few compromises if you want to be the center of attention always and everywhere.

Tesla Cybertruck AWD data sheet

Engine and drive Two electric motors
Maximum power 441 kW/600 HP
Max. Torque n/a
drive all wheel drive
transmission Single-speed automatic
mass and weight
length 5683mm
Width 2201mm
Height 1791mm
wheelbase n/a
Curb weight 2995kg
payload n/a
Trunk volume up to 3424 liters
Driving data
Top speed 180 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.3s
Battery capacity (gross) n/a
Average consumption n/a
Range 547km
AC/DC charging power 22/250kW
CO2 emission 0g/km
fuel Electricity
Cost
Base price of the model series $60,990
Cybertruck AWD price $79,990
Type classes n/a
Vehicle tax n/a
Important standard equipment
Security Six airbags, ESP, lane keeping and distance control
Comfort Air conditioning, digital displays, navigation, rear view camera, electric blind over the loading area

Conclusion: A hero for show-offs, not for workers

Did Elon Musk overdo it with the Cybertruck? While the Tesla boss has so far been praised by many critics and adored by customers, this time he is met with a lot of criticism. Because even for many die-hard Tesla fans, the truck is too apocalyptic.

But what bothers some people is the biggest reason for others to buy. Because even though it may not be an honest worker like an F-150, as a show-off car it steals the show even from a Ferrari.

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