It’s no denying that Tesla makes vehicles that people get excited for. The electric carmaker has drawn big crowds to launch events, drawn big money for reservations, and made big evangelists of out buyers.
Perhaps the most hotly-anticipated car coming from Tesla soon isn’t even a car at all. It’s a truck. This Tesla pickup truck, called the Cybertruck, looks unlike anything else on the road. Plus, it the performance numbers are to be believed, it’ll be one of the fastest vehicles on the road; period.
Ordering one is easy, but you’re probably wondering how much it’ll cost you? Right now, you’re only out $100 in a fully-refundable deposit to lock in your price and place in line. But when the Cybertruck ships, how much will it cost?
Based on the pricing information we know at the time of publication, here’s what you can expect.
Cybertruck Single Motor RWD — $39,900
The base truck, the Single Motor RWD version, starts at $39,900. We’re unsure at this point what the destination and handling charge will be.
For your $40,000, you get a rear-wheel drive Cybertruck with 250 miles of expected range. Towing capacity will be around 7,500 pounds. The truck will do the run from zero to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds.
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There are, at this point, no color options for the Cybertruck. That means the only option you choose right now is if you want the “Full Self-Driving” package.
Priced currently at $10,000, Tesla says choosing it now “secures your price” as it’ll go up. Indeed, when reservations first started, the package could be added for $7,000.
Cybertruck Dual Motor AWD — $49,900
For $10,000 more than the base truck, you can upgrade to all-wheel drive. This upgrade is pricier than what going to four-wheel drive on a normal pickup typically costs, but upgrading to two motors also improves range and performance.
Tesla claims the Dual Motor AWD version will have 300 miles of range, a 10,000 pound towing capacity, and a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 4.5 seconds.
Again, there are no color or configuration options yet, except for the addition of “Full Self-Driving” for $10,000.
Cybertruck Tri Motor AWD — $69,900
The performance version of the truck, called Tri Motor AWD, adds $20,000 to the cost of the all-wheel drive mode. It adds a third motor, and even more performance.
Tesla claims 500 miles of range on the Tri Motor AWD model, which would match what we expect out of a Tesla Model S Plaid.
Also, the Tri Motor AWD has a towing capacity of around 14,000 pounds. It’ll do 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds.
That’s supercar fast. It’s also on par with what GMC tells us to expect out of the Hummer EV Edition 1.
Unlike the Hummer EV, the Cybertruck will have 150 miles more range. The Hummer EV is expected to be rated at 350 miles of range on the high performance version.
Again, like in lower models, the only option is “Full Self-Driving” and it continues to be priced at $10,000.
Should you get “Full Self Driving?”
Right now, there’s isn’t a single car on the road that is full autonomous for consumers to purchase. It doesn’t exist. $10,000 is a lot to spend on a promise of some product in the future.
It’s true that the price has gone up on the software, which is a bit surprising to us because the more people using it, the less it should cost. But we don’t work in Tesla marketing.
The standard Autopilot suite of tech is likely good enough for most people.
The bottom line is this. We don’t typically recommend the feature, but we have used it in its current iteration and it’s a neat trick. If you have the $10,000 to spend, go ahead and do it. But know it’s more for bar bragging that it is actual use.
Tesla says production of the Cybertruck should start in late 2021.