• Frank Stephenson’s Review of the Tesla Cybertruck Is What Reviews Are Meant to Be

One year from its arrival, the Cybertruck is still a hot discussion topic

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Those of you that are familiar with Frank Stephenson’s ever-growing YouTube channel know the former designer’s blunt, straight-to-the-fact manner of giving the verdict on a particular design. Only this time around, he dissects the Tesla Cybertruck, one of the most polarizing cars to reach the public’s eye in recent times.

The Cybertruck was unveiled more than a year ago and in typical Musk fashion, it shook the internet then split it in two: those that loved the edgy pickup and those that loathed it. Care to know Franks’s Stephenson’s opinion?

Frank Stephenson's Review of the Tesla Cybertruck Is What Reviews Are Meant to Be
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The video starts with a "lesson from a wise old man" in the shape of a saying: the future is not fated... it’s created.

Then Frank Stephenson offers a brief description of what designers should offer via their work and to set the context for the Cybertruck’s analysis, he looks back at the futuristic 1980s Citroen Karin prototype and its pyramidal shape which, in his opinion, looks better than the Cybertruck.

Frank Stephenson's Review of the Tesla Cybertruck Is What Reviews Are Meant to Be
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Then the bombshell is dropped. In Mr. Stephenson’s own words, fancy gimmicks such as the ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled steel panels or the bulletproof windows, while the main selling points of the Cybertruck, "reveal the insecurity of this design and the paranoid feature that it seems to be capitalizing on."

To further make a point, Frank Stephenson uses the Buick Electra Concept, which in his vision, uses surfaces that "feel organic and invite you to touch it," making the Cybertruck seem "almost repulsive." Ouch.

On that note, if we’re not asking for too much, we’d like to see Frank Stephenson do a redesign of the Cybertruck or even better, come up with his own idea for a pickup truck of the future. Now that would be awesome, don’t you think?

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
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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