Tesla is to automotive disruption what the Ford Model T was to mass-produced cars for the general public - the quintessential singular locus of the zeitgeist. No matter what they do, automotive journalists and Twitter have a field day.
It wasn't the least bit surprising that social media went berserk when they launched their own pickup truck. And you'll see why.
But first, let's get to the car itself.
The new pickup truck, also called the Cybertruck, is a rather futuristic set of numbers that, at present, seem too good to be true. But given that Tesla, and more importantly, Elon Musk has time and again proved naysayers wrong, we just might have witnessed what utility vehicles of the future may look, and drive like.
Here are the salient features:
· 600-800 kilometres of range
· 775 BHP
· 100 kWh of electrical storage
· Outlets to power all sorts of power-hungry tools
· 2721 Kilograms or 6000 lbs in weight, in spite of a mostly titanium construction.
· Bulletproof Cabin
Apart from these, the Cybertruck will also have optional features such as full-cabin pressurization and other amphibious capabilities which will allow it to be driven in conditions that are far from ideal, just in case someone ever plans to take it to Mars. We're not kidding, that's what Tesla's actual position is on this thing.
Now, let's address the elephant in the room. The design and the aesthetics of the car.
At a time when car designers are striving hard for some of the most appealing designs and aesthetic cues, it may come as a painful stab to the heart seeing a boxy design such as this. The boxy design can be attributed to the fact that instead of a regular chassis, the Cybertruck will be made with an exoskeleton.
That, however, did not stop from someone in our office, claiming that The Flintstones had a better-looking car than the Cypertruck, and we can see why.
© Hanna-Barbera Productions
Although from some angles, the car does look futuristically minimalistic, it has a striking resemblance to Lamborghini's first SUV, the LM-002.
We actually like the angular lines and the single strip of light that doubles up as the headlights.
The 6 seater cabin too has a very Tesla-esque minimalistic theme through and through.
However, people on Twitter did not take kindly to the design.
Some said that this was why Musk approved of the design.November 22, 2019
While others simply could not believe what they were seeing, and already had contingent stories to tell their children when humanity shifts to Mars.November 22, 2019
This one though, was downright hilarious.November 22, 2019
And so was this.November 22, 2019
And then, there was this gem…November 22, 2019
And finally, there's this.November 22, 2019
Did we mention that this was how the “Bulletproof Glass” demo went? Well, it wasn't good.
However, we have to agree, that at $69,900 for the premium most motor and battery pack option, this isn't as tear-inducingly expensive that we had expected it to be.
We just hope that Tesla works out the kinks, including the design before the Cybertruck finally goes into production.