Unless Musk makes a Plaid Cybertruck only for himself, it is coming

Musk is known to make many important announcements on Twitter. The latest news is concerning a fast Cybertruck. Musk confirmed that the Tesla Cybertruck will be receiving a Plaid version in the future.

Musk replied to a disgruntled Tesla fan when he was expressing his dilemma over how he wants to own the Cybertruck but his better half doesn’t. Amidst this banter, Elon Musk said out of the blue that “Plaid Cybertruck is what I’ll drive.” Since it’s Musk that we’re talking about, you can consider this as a confirmation on the Plaid Cybertruck. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?

Here’s How The Plaid Cybertruck Was Confirmed

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Elon Musk’s reply doesn’t make sense without the context. So, here’s how it panned out:

The CEO even offered the user a full refund in case it causes a domestic discord. Before you have any funny thoughts, no, this won’t apply to all the future Cybertruck owners.

Can We Call The Plaid Cybertruck a Hypertruck?

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We first heard about the Plaid powertrain in the new Roadster. In the case of the Roadster, the Plaid mode helped the car take off from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. When the Cybertruck was launched, it was estimated that the Plaid powertrain could produce 800 horses and 1,000 pound-feet of torque. Just like the Plaid-powered Model S and X, the Cybertruck will have one motor on the front axle and two in the rear.

The Plaid setup will help increase the truck’s off-road abilities by a huge margin and opens a lot of possibilities. While the standard variants of the Cybertruck could feature just the locking differential, the Plain powertrain equipped in the Cybertruck could come with torque vectoring as well.

The Plaid-powered Model S took to the Nurburgring recently and crushed the Porsche Taycan with a lap time 20 seconds shorter than its Stuttgart rival. These, however, are unofficial lap timings.

Will It Be A Fast Performer Or An Off-Road Beast?

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Plaid has always been about performance, so we’re going with that. But, you can’t rule out the possibility of an off-road-oriented variant going by the same name. The market for off-road trucks is rapidly growing and Tesla will stay in the hunt, too. This would require even stronger approach and departure angles, a beefier suspension system, wider tires, better ground clearance, and so on.

Would you prefer a Plaid powertrain over a standard Cybertruck model? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

2021 Tesla Cybertruck specifications
Single-motor RWD Dual-motor AWD Tri-motor AWD
Horsepower: >400 HP 690 HP 800 HP
Torque: TBA 824 LB-FT 1,000 LB-FT
Range: 250+ miles 300+ miles 500+ miles
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds 4.5 seconds 2.9 seconds
Top Speed: 110 mph 120 mph 130 mph
Payload Capacity: 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds
Towing Capacity: 7,500 pounds 10,000 pounds 14,000 pounds
Price $39,900 $49,900 $69,900
Tesla Cybertruck exterior dimensions
Length 231.7 inches
Width 79.8 inches
Height 75 inches
Truck Bed 6.5 feet
Approach Angle 35 degrees
Departure Angle 28 degrees
Ground Clearance Up to 16 inches
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