The Cybertruck is shaping up to be a tough contender in straight-line contests.
The newly launched Tesla Cybertruck has visited the Sonoma Raceway for a drag race battle against the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV, courtesy of Hagerty.
We already know that the Cybertruck boasts impressive performance, especially in its Cyberbeast trim, which uses three motors with a combined output of 845 horsepower and 10,296 lb-ft of torque (at the wheels). It can sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph.
At its Cyber Rodeo delivery event, Tesla showed footage of the electric truck winning against a Porsche 911 on a quarter-mile drag strip while towing another 911.
As for the pickup truck rivals, the Rivian R1T had what it takes to take on the Cybertruck. It comes with four Bosch electric motors producing 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque, capable of catapulting the EV truck to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds - numbers shy of the Cybertruck's claimed specifications.
This disparity was shown in the matchup, too. The Cybertruck won the drag race despite wearing mud tires, with the R1T fitted with summer performance tires. The former completed the quarter mile time in 11.0 seconds at 119 mph, while the latter did it in 11.7 seconds at 110 mph. The Tesla also matched its 0-60 mph on paper with real-world results.
Meanwhile, the GMC Hummer EV is more powerful than the Cybertruck with three motors producing over 1,000 hp. But that power advantage didn't help the GMC against the Tesla, finishing even slower than the Rivian R1T at 11.9 seconds at 106 mph.
This wasn't a surprise, considering that the 9,000-lb Hummer EV was substantially heavier than the 6,843-lb Cybertruck. You can blame the Hummer EV's battery for that, with the massive 212-kWh battery pack weighing 2,818 lbs, or about 400 lbs heavier than a Mazda Miata MX-5.
Despite not meeting all expectations, the Cybertruck shapes up to be a top contender in its segment. Let's hope it continues to perform well, for the sake of the millions of reservations it has already amassed.