The Cybertruck was a bone of contention before it arrived and even now, it’s still dividing opinion.
While some think the EV pickup’s distinctive design looks futuristic, others have likened it to a fridge freezer on wheels.
But there’s one thing nobody can deny – it’s hard to recall a vehicle that’s drawn this much attention.
In the months leading up to Tesla’s Delivery Event, we caught glimpse of Release Candidate (RC) vehicles being tested across the US.
One person who was caught up in the hype and subsequently ‘paid a $100 reservation’ is Alistair Barr.
With a production version of the Cybertruck at the Tesla showroom in Santana Row in San Jose, California, Barr headed down for a closer look – and one thing in particular stood out.
To be fair, the Cybertruck is different in many ways to more ‘regular’ cars, such as the presence of a crumple zone.
The Cybertruck recently took a crash test and the results it provided were surprising.
But what really stands out about the EV pickup truck is the sheer size of it.
During its development, prototype models were updated, including making it slightly smaller.
There were even concerns about whether the Cybertruck would be garage friendly.
It may have been reduced in size, but it’s still longer than the Ford F-150, which itself is an absolute behemoth.
Aptly named the ‘Cyberbeast’, the top-of-the-range Cybertruck has a curb weight of nearly three and a half tons, largely in part due to its body being made from tough stainless steel panelling.
Despite being very large and very heavy, it still has a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph).
But it’s also pretty expensive, with the cheapest model starting at a whopping $60,000.
Car safety experts have raised their concerns about the vehicle’s build, too.
“We hope Tesla don’t bring this vehicle to Europe. A vehicle of this size, power and huge weight will be lethal to pedestrians and cyclists in a collision,” the European Transport Safety Council said in a statement.
You either love it or you hate it, but one thing’s for certain – the Cybertruck continues to soak up attention.