Elon Musk Teases Performance Cybertruck: What’s in Store for Tesla’s Electric Pickup?

Tesla's CEO hints at exciting upgrades for the Cybertruck, but the details remain a mystery.

On Friday, Elon Musk, the visionary CEO of Tesla, set the electric vehicle world abuzz with his revelation that he had personally tested a special Performance version of the eagerly anticipated Cybertruck. While Tesla enthusiasts eagerly await the truck’s arrival, Musk’s latest teaser has sent shockwaves through the community.

In a tweet, Musk enthusiastically declared, “I drove the performance Cybertruck… it kicks ass next-level.” This proclamation came as a response to a repost of an interview featuring Tesla Owners Silicon Valley VP Kelvin Gee. In the interview, Musk had mentioned that a Plaid Model 3 would not be hitting the market.

Currently, Tesla offers “Performance” trims for the Model 3 and Model Y, along with “Plaid” trims as the top-tier options for the Model S and X. Musk’s statement strongly implies that the Cybertruck will follow suit, adopting the “Performance” nomenclature, aligning it with its sedan and SUV siblings.

Despite Musk’s exciting revelation, eager Tesla fans couldn’t help but wonder about the specifics. Questions about the number of motors the Performance Cybertruck would feature and other key details filled the thread. The original Cybertruck launch in 2019 introduced three motor options: single-motor, dual-motor, and tri-motor. In 2021, Musk tantalizingly hinted at the possibility of a quad-motor configuration.

The big question now is whether all four motor options will be available when the Cybertruck officially hits the market in the coming months.

As of now, Tesla has kept official specifications for the Cybertruck under wraps. The automaker has also been tight-lipped about the truck’s various configurations, pricing details, and the exact timeline for deliveries. Although Musk mentioned a potential delivery event earlier this year, no concrete date has been confirmed.

While volume production of the Cybertruck is slated for next year, initial deliveries are expected to commence by the end of this year. However, Tesla’s plans are contingent on receiving a Certificate of Conformity from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and obtaining crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This news arrives on the heels of a significant milestone: the Cybertruck has now garnered over two million reservations, as reported by a tracking source. This development precedes Tesla’s imminent plans to initiate initial deliveries in the upcoming months. In recent weeks, eagle-eyed observers have spotted Cybertruck prototypes in various locations, and a new blue digital camo wrap has emerged, distinguishing itself from previous camouflage options.

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