Tesla debuted its Blade Runner inspired all electric pick-up truck at an event on Thursday night in Los Angeles near the SpaceX rocket factory. Three models have been announced and production is expected to begin in 2021. Lets see how Cybertruck compares with its competition, the best selling internal combustion pickup trucks in the US, namely Ram 1500, Ford F150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Toyota Tacoma.
To make this comparison simpler, only specs from top of the line models without optional features will be compared. Cybertruck might have only three versions, but its competition have many more. Ford 150 alone has 7 different models, so its top spec Limited edition is selected in this comparison, along with Silverado 1500, Ram 1500 Rebel V8 and Tacoma TRD Pro.
Cybertruck outshines its competition in this segment. Its estimated horsepower is 800 while the second best F-150 Limited has about half that (450 hp). Silverado 1500 at 420 hp, Ram 1500 Rebel at 395 hp and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro at 278 hp.
In terms of torque, Cybertruck again takes the lead. It has estimated 1,000 pound feet of torque while again the second best from its competition, Ford F-150 Limited edition start at 510 lb-ft, half from Tesla. Next is Ram 1500 Rebel at 480 lb-ft, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at 460 lb-ft and Toyota Tacoma at 265 lb-ft.
Towing Capacity (lbs)
One more win for Cybertruck, with its powerful triple electric motor system, the pick-up truck is capable of towing 14,000 pounds. Second best is Silverado 1500 at 9,800 lbs, next is Ram 1500 Rebel V8 at 7,520 lbs, then Ford F-150 Limited at 7,000 lbs and in the end Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro at 6,400 lbs.
After looking at above specs, it is no surprise Cybertruck can do 0-60 mph in under 2.9 seconds, this is in the league of Porsche 911 GTX. So that makes it the fastest pick-up truck in the world, or really a Supertruck. Next is line is Ford F-150 Limited at 5.1 seconds, Ram 1500 Rebel at 6.6 seconds, Tacoma TRD Pro at 7.1 seconds and Silverado 1500 at 7.6 seconds.
Curb Weight (lbs)
Tesla have not disclosed the curb weight of Cybertruck, so its omitted in following comparison.
Price (US Dollars)
Tesla Cybertruck’s highest trim level, triple motor all wheel drive, starts at $69,900, which is second to gasoline powered Ford F-150 Limited (4WD) at $70,900. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is currently the most economical truck in the market with starting price of $34,600, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro at $43,960 and Ram 1500 Rebel at $45,985.
One thing we opted not to compare is styling. There is a saying ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, everyone have their own opinion about how a vehicle should look like. Cybertruck features a very unique futuristic design that has attracted a lot of attention both from its fans who love its, while there are also people who prefer traditional styling and some are venting their hate on online forums. It looks like Elon Musk pulled Cybertruck out of a dystopian, post-apocalyptic movie. Will this keep the traditional buyers away? There have always been people who are resistant to change, but change comes nonetheless.