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The Cybertruck Is Delayed, At Best, But A More Powerful Version Appears In The Works

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As major players in the auto industry begin to bring their all-electric trucks to market, the Tesla Cybertruck remains notably absent. This is probably because the original vehicle was saw in 2019 was not a production-intent model, despite cultists claiming otherwise. It’s probably too late for Tesla to start things over from a clean slate, but it’s not too late to add basic things like windshield wipers and mirrors to its design. CEO Elon Musk and company seem to also be working at raising the floor and the ceiling of the upcoming product, with the confirmation of a four-motor Tesla Cybertruck.

Musk confirmed the four-motor Tesla Cybertruck via the tweet below:

If the rest of the rumors are indeed true, that would mean that Tesla would then drop the single motor, entry version of the Cybertruck. It would have come in under $40,000, and it would have had around 250 miles of range with a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds. But with the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro coming in at about the same price, with two motors, a target output of 426 horsepower and 230 miles of range, in a more sensible package that’s good for work and fleets, and beginning production in the spring, Elon Musk and company may have re-evaluated their entry level position.

As for the four-motor Cybertruck, Tesla had likely taken notice of the 1000 horsepower GMC Hummer EV Edition 1. Originally, the top-end version of Tesla’s idea of an electric truck came in at 814 horsepower and 1,033 pound-feet of torque. Already plenty strong on the spec sheet, but compared to the Hummer EV – which is being built right now – it falls short on power. Tesla also seemed to take a liking to the new Hummer’s Crabwalk feature, and the updated Cybertruck is confirmed to offer the same party trick, per another Elon tweet below:

Musk reiterated that an updated roadmap on the Cybertruck will come next month, during the company’s Q4 2021 earnings call. While the mass of Cybertruck reservation holders continue to wait, Tesla would like them to spend more money on a glorified Power Wheels toy, and a whistle. Nevermind, they’re out of stock.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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