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Tesla Cybertruck Performance “kicks ass”, says Musk

Harmless hype or is an actual self-defence mode in the works? It’s Elon, so…

Published: 26 Sep 2023

That’d be cool, wouldn’t it? A pick-up truck that leaps to your defence at the slightest sign of danger, with a few Bond-style gadgets to see off baddies at the lights.

We jest of course. Well, sorta. Remember this is the same car that Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed last year would “serve briefly as a boat”, whatever that means.

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Our latest nugget of info on the controversial, much-delayed Cybertruck (it was revealed almost four years ago now) is that the boss has tested the rumoured Performance version of the pick-up, and his somewhat partisan verdict is that it “kicks ass next-level”. But of course.

Last we heard the Cybertruck might finally end up in the hands of customers before the year is out, although it’s not clear if the Performance model will be available immediately from launch.

It sounds as though Tesla will be going for its trusty line-up of single-, dual- and tri-motor variants, with a base car priced from $39,900 and the top-end Performance costing $69,900. Pre-tax, of course.

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Just like the Model 3 and Model Y Performance, the tri-motor Cybertruck is expected to be rapid: 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds has been mooted, as has a range surpassing 500 miles. Which would be quite the feat given its, er, angular shape. 

Apparently the Cybertruck Performance will also be capable of towing up to 6,350kg, as well as carry a payload of more than 1,500kg. Those numbers - if achieved - would be mightily impressive.

Stick a load of Optimus robots back there and you’ll definitely make your enemies think twice about an ambush…

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