You'll often see videos of a someone's first ride in a Tesla, but it turns out that it’s not only newcomers who get excited about taking a ride in a new Tesla.
Elon Musk posted on X.com: "I just drove the performance Cybertruck today, and it kicks ass next-level." The anticipation continues to grow, not only for the Cybertruck but now for the Performance Cybertruck as well.
Performance Naming Convention
Musk's mention of a Performance Cybertruck aligns with Tesla’s established naming conventions. The company offers Performance trims for the Model 3 and Model Y, and the more exclusive Plaid trims for the higher-end Model S and X. With this announcement, it seems that the Cybertruck is set to join the Performance ranks. This led to widespread speculation and curiosity about its features, motor configurations, and how it distinguishes itself from its siblings.
It also begs the question, why not Plaid? Tesla has one of the most unique names for the sports versions in the automotive industry. Move over SS, GT, AMG, M Series, etc.; the Plaid Cybertruck or Model 3 is here. However, it appears the Plaid and Ludicrous modes will be reserved for just the Model S and Model X.
Motor Configurations and Unveiled Mysteries
Initially, the Cybertruck was unveiled with single, dual, and tri-motor configuration options. In 2021, Musk stirred the waters further by announcing plans for a quad-motor setup. The availability of these configurations upon release remains one of the many mysteries yet to be unveiled. There have been many reports of changes to Cybertruck order pages, further fueling speculation that “something” is happening.
The strategic naming of the Cybertruck as a Performance model has ignited discussions about its imminent shipping, unique configurations, and potential adaptability. A Performance model would align with Larry Ellison's tease about the Cybertruck as a next-gen police vehicle. The possibility of the Cybertruck serving as a police vehicle adds another layer to the vehicle’s versatile applications and the potential for third-party applications.
Anticipated Launch and Unanswered Queries
While Musk’s tweet has fueled the excitement, it also leaves many questions unanswered. Official specs, configurations, pricing, and delivery timelines are still undisclosed. The Cybertruck, amassing over two million reservations, is set to enter volume production next year, with initial deliveries expected by year-end, pending necessary approvals and certifications. As for the price, everyone has their own guess, but it is interesting that it costs the same amount of referral points to enter the Model 3 Performance draw as it did to enter the Cybertruck sweepstakes.
Musk has long promised that Cybertruck deliveries would take place in 2023, with a production ramp-up in 2024. Time is ticking as we are set to enter the fourth quarter of the year.