Cybertruck Launches: Tesla's Futuristic Electric Ute Hits the Road, But May Bypass Australia

Jacob Brooke
December 1, 2023
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Tesla's groundbreaking Cybertruck has officially hit the roads in North America, marking a pivotal moment in the electric vehicle (EV) industry. This launch signals the arrival of one of the most anticipated EVs, setting a new benchmark in the electric utility vehicle segment.

The Texas-made Tesla Cybertruck, a striking embodiment of innovation and strength, has begun its journey with the first batch of deliveries. Notably, the Cybertruck is yet to make its debut on Australian shores, with the Tesla Australia website currently offering only updates rather than order options.

Tesla’s Cybertruck range flaunts three variants. The launch heralds the introduction of the dual-motor All-Wheel Drive model, priced at approximately A$121,000, and the tri-motor Cyberbeast variant, priced around A$151,000. These vehicles are poised to commence full-scale deliveries across North America in 2024. Additionally, an entry-level single-motor Rear-Wheel Drive variant, expected to be priced at about A$92,000, is slated for release in 2025.

The high-performance tri-motor Cyberbeast, the pinnacle of the Cybertruck series, boasts a staggering 630kW power output and a wheel torque of 13,959Nm. This model is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in a mere 2.7 seconds, reaching a top speed of 209km/h, despite its substantial kerb weight of 3107kg. The Cyberbeast's estimated range stands at 515km, extendable to over 705km with a "Range Extender."

The mid-range, dual-motor Cybertruck All-Wheel Drive, delivers a system output of 447kW and a wheel torque of 10,080Nm. This variant can achieve a 0-100km/h sprint in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 180km/h and an estimated range of 547km, extendable to over 755km with the Range Extender.

Tesla's pioneering approach is evident in the Cybertruck's design, which includes a 48V/800V electrical architecture and a maximum DC fast-charging rate of 250kW. This feature enables an additional 206km range in just 15 minutes of charging. All variants, barring the Rear-Wheel Drive, boast a maximum towing capacity of 4990kg, while the Rear-Wheel Drive model can tow up to 3402kg.

Measuring 5683mm in length, 2413mm in width, and 1791mm in height, the Cybertruck offers a payload of 1134kg and 1897 litres of lockable storage. It also features 120V and 240V outlets capable of delivering up to 11.5kW of power.

Equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels and 35-inch all-terrain tyres, the Cybertruck features adaptive air suspension and up to 432mm of ground clearance. It also includes steer-by-wire technology and rear-wheel steering for enhanced maneuverability.

Tesla has incorporated a special stainless steel super alloy in the Cybertruck's construction, eliminating the need for paint. This material is not only visually striking but also contributes to the vehicle's robustness, evidenced by demonstrations of its tough glass and "bulletproof" doors.

Inside, the Cybertruck offers a spacious cabin with seating for five, an 18.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and an additional 9.4-inch touchscreen for rear passengers. Other amenities include a panoramic glass sunroof, a 15-speaker sound system, dual wireless phone chargers, USB-C outlets, and a hospital-grade HEPA filter.

While the Cybertruck's arrival in Australia remains uncertain, its debut in North America has set the stage for a new era of electric utility vehicles, combining formidable power with groundbreaking technology. As Tesla continues to innovate, the Cybertruck is poised to redefine expectations in the electric vehicle landscape.

Let us know your thoughts on the new Tesla Cybertruck below!

Jacob Brooke
Jacob Brooke, a respected voice in the world of automotive journalism, brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to his reviews at CarSauce. His keen eye for detail and passion for all things cars shine through in his in-depth analysis and honest evaluations of the latest models of cars. Join him as he guides readers through the car-buying process and explores the exciting world of motoring.

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