At last year’s Cybertruck event, Elon Musk showed off a pretty impressive demo, pitting his 6,600-pound EV pickup against a Porsche 911 on a quarter-mile drag strip. The Cybertruck came out on top – with the twist it had to tow also a Porsche 911.
Tesla claims the $99,990 three-motor ‘Cyberbeast’ went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.6 seconds and completed the quarter-mile race in less than 11 seconds. But that was Real the case? In a video posted last week, YouTuber Engineering Explored calls out Musk for airing what appear to be exaggerations about the Cybertruck’s capabilities.
First, channel owner Jason Fenske says the Cybertruck doesn’t actually complete the full quarter-mile race in the demo — instead, Tesla ends the race at the one-eighth mile mark. Fenske points out that both vehicles are only “halfway to the timing boards” when Tesla shows the image of the Porsche and Cybertruck crossing the finish line side by side.
That suggests they only traveled an eighth of a mile, as the timing boards are typically placed at the end of the quarter-mile stretch. Fenske also found some additional evidence supporting this, even measuring the song’s length on Google Maps using landmarks from the video.
This isn’t the only potential discrepancy Cybertruck owners have discovered so far as the vehicle is delivered to buyers. Another YouTuber, Kyle Conner of Out of Spec Motoring, held a livestream to test the Cybertruck’s range. At the end of the five-hour flow, Conner found that the twin-motor Foundation Series model only had about 250 miles of range after a full charge – quite short of Tesla’s promised range of 320 miles. However, the cold might have something to do with the lower-than-expected range, as Conner drove it on a highway in temperatures of about 45 degrees. Cold weather can significantly reduce an EV’s range.
Meanwhile, a user on the Cybertruck Owners Club forum discovered that towing a heavy load severely limits the vehicle’s expected range. In their tests, they used their four-wheel drive Cybertruck to tow a Tesla Model Y on a trailer that weighed a total of about 6,000 pounds. The driver only traveled about 110 miles on an 84 percent charge before the Cybertruck’s battery died
Tesla said it will eventually release a range extender that should provide an additional 130 miles of range, but these findings don’t exactly match Tesla’s portrayal of the current Cybertruck as a towing powerhouse. At last year’s delivery event, the truck was heavily promoted as being able to do everything normal trucks do, including towing heavy objects like a SpaceX rocket engine.
The Cybertruck may also not be as rugged as Musk describes it. A post on Reddit offers a glimpse of the Cybertruck’s owner’s manual, which is similar to Tesla’s other vehicles, suggesting owners should “immediately remove corrosive substances” including grease, oil, bird droppings, road salt, dead insects and other materials from the car. outside of the car to ‘prevent damage’. But the Cybertruck Also does not have a clear coat – something most cars come with to protect the paint from sun damage and minor scratches.
Therefore, Tesla notes that “any scratches that appear are in the stainless steel panels themselves.” None of this quite means that the Cybertruck is the alien beast capable of going off-road and “built for any planet,” especially when apparent software glitches left this Cybertruck stranded in the snow. The Cybertruck may not even be the most practical pickup here on earth.
Update January 17, 3:23 PM ET: Added clarification about the Cybertruck’s exterior.