Musk said this Cybertruck "kicks ass next level."
The first Tesla Cybertruck unit has already rolled off the assembly line, and the mass production has been set for next year. But still, the full specifications remain scarce. Good thing Tesla CEO Elon Musk just teased a "performance" variant for the Cybertruck, which should at least excite enthusiasts who have been waiting for so long.
Musk took it to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share his experience driving this performance variant. "I just drove the performance Cybertruck today and it kicks ass next-level."
Aside from that, we are back to the usual waiting game since the infamous "window smash" incident four years ago.
Looking at the EV maker's lineup, the "performance" moniker is already used on the Model 3 and Model Y. The Model Y Performance can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds (with rollout subtracted), 1.3 seconds quicker than the non-Performance variant. The Model 3 Performance can complete it in 3.1 seconds (with rollout substracted) - 1.1 seconds faster than the Long Range variant.
Without taking the moniker literally, Musk could be hinting at a Plaid version of Cybertruck, similar to the Model X and Model S. The Plaid badge provides massive horsepower gains with a tri-motor setup; the 1,020-hp Model X and Model S Plaid variants have 350 more hp than their standard dual-motor models.
We expect the top-of-the-line Cybertruck to use a quad-motor electric powertrain instead, giving each wheel its electric motor. Considering the tri-motor setup in the Model S already makes over a thousand hp, adding a fourth motor should impress the EV truck buyers numbers-wise. If that's the case, this "performance" Cybertruck will directly take aim at the Rivian R1T, which has an 835-hp quad-motor powertrain.
No word regarding the pricing has been unveiled as well. But we could expect the Cybertruck quad-motor "performance" variant to be priced over $70,000 based on previous pricing disclosed on the official website in 2019. With that amount of money, we hope it, in the words of Musk, does kick ass next-level.