Elon Musk Hints At High-Performance Tesla Cybertruck Plaid

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Ready to crush the F-150 Raptor with a 0-62 mph time of under 2.9 seconds.

There's been a lot of talk about the Tesla Cybertruck's peculiar wedge-shaped design, but that shouldn't overshadow its impressive performance and capability. Exact power figures haven't been announced yet, but Tesla claims the range-topping Tri Motor will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds, which is impressive considering its size, and provide a driving range of over 500 miles on a single charge.

It also has a 3,500-pound cargo capacity and can tow up to 14,000 pounds, making it a highly capable truck. This was demonstrated in a video showing a Ford F-150 being pulled by the Tesla Cybertruck.

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2021 Tesla Cybertruck Side View Driving Tesla
2021 Tesla Cybertruck Front View Driving Tesla
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We doubt many people will be craving more power from the Cybertruck, but Elon Musk has hinted that an even more powerful Plaid version of the electric pickup is coming. Speaking on Twitter, Musk revealed he will be driving a Plaid Cybertruck for personal use. This is the first time a Plaid version of the Cybertruck has been officially acknowledged by Elon Musk.

What isn't clear, however, is if the Cybertruck Tri Motor's claimed 0-62 mph time is standard or achieved using a dedicated Maximum Plaid mode. If it's the standard acceleration time, the Plaid version could potentially have a 0-62 mph time of under 2.9 seconds. For comparison, the Ford F-150 Raptor will do the same sprint in around 5.5 seconds.

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2021 Tesla Cybertruck Side View Tesla

Tesla will also launch high-performance Plaid versions of the Model S and Model X that uitlize a triple-motor setup. Prototypes of the Model S Plaid have already been tested at the Nurburgring, one of which reportedly beat the Porsche Taycan's Nurburgring lap time by nearly 30 seconds.

Since it was unveiled last November, the Cybertruck has been a monumental success for Tesla, despite its divisive design. Last month, Tesla confirmed it has secured 622,000 preorders for the Cybertruck, which is impressive considering the final design hasn't been revealed yet. 42 percent of these preorders were for the range-topping Tri Motor Cybertruck that starts at $69,900, while the Dual Motor model makes up nearly 50 percent of preorders.

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2021 Tesla Cybertruck Front Angle View Tesla

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