The long-awaited Cybertruck from Tesla has finally hit the retail scene, making a splash by effortlessly outpacing a Porsche 911 and accomplishing this feat while towing another Porsche. Elon Musk promptly shared the video of this remarkable race approximately an hour after the initial customer took delivery of their own Cybertruck.
Tesla has officially commenced deliveries of its much-anticipated Cybertruck pickup, starting with a select group of employees during a handoff event on Thursday.
At this event, CEO Elon Musk shared key specifications for the stainless steel-bodied truck, particularly highlighting its impressive straight-line speed.
In a bid to showcase its capabilities, Tesla released a video featuring the Cybertruck outperforming a Porsche 911 in a drag race while towing another 911.
The specific details of the race, including the distance covered, and the trim configuration of the Cybertruck in the video remain unclear.
Although the exact model of the 911 used for the race isn't specified, it is identified as a 992-generation car without side intakes.
This implies the utilization of a Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera T, or Carrera GTS, rather than a model recognized for its straight-line speed, such as the 911 Turbo.
Based on visual cues like color, wheels, and mirror caps, it is speculated to be a 379-horsepower Carrera T, the least powerful in the lineup.
Following the video presentation, a graphic displayed claimed performance figures on screen, citing a quarter-mile time of under 11 seconds and a 0-60 time of 2.6 seconds.
These figures align with the specifications of the highest-end "Cyberbeast" trim available on Tesla's website.
Tesla's event also featured display boards referencing a "Beast Mode" for the Cybertruck, purportedly allowing its tri-motor drivetrain to deliver a maximum of 845 horsepower.
With a claimed curb weight of 6850 pounds, it seems plausible that a Cybertruck, especially in towing mode, could outpace a 911 in a straight line, at least for a brief duration.
While acknowledging the apparent speed of the Cybertruck, there is a cautious note about the limitations of a selectively filmed and carefully edited video released by Tesla.
The possibility is raised that Tesla might have strategically chosen a Carrera T with a manual gearbox, known to be the slower option, to achieve the desired outcome in the drag race.
The ultimate assessment of the Cybertruck's abilities will only be possible when it is tested in real-world conditions, necessitating a hands-on experience with the vehicle.