The Cybertruck Plaid will be the most powerful Tesla ever

The Tesla Cybertruck broke cover with a big bang. A strange-looking truck on the outside, Tesla’s howler promises to tear down the competition and Elon Musk claims that pricing will start below the $40,000 mark. If you dig the design, the Cybertruck sounds like a dream come true. But there’s at least one mystery surrounding this vehicle: how much power output will it actually offer? Well, rumor has it that the range-topping Cybertruck might have around 800 horsepower and could even feature the same technology as the Model S Plaid - that will make it the most powerful Tesla in production.

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The essential details are still under wraps, but it seems that the Cybertruck will hit showrooms with new generations of Tesla's existing electric motors.

What we do know so far is that the Cybertruck will be offered in three versions.

The range will begin with a single-motor rear-wheel-drive truck. It will have at least 250 miles of range, it will hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and it will be able to tow up to 7,500 pounds. The electric motor in this truck will probably be a revised version of the rear motor found in the Model S Long Range AWD. Expect it to generate at least 400 horsepower but not more than 500 horses.

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The mid-range model will be a dual-motor AWD truck. It will deliver at least 300 miles of range, it will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and tow up to 10,000 pounds.

Motor Trend notes that the dual-motor version will be powered by Tesla's new Raven drivetrain, which will pair the rear motor from the Model S Performance and the rear unit from the Model 3 Performance.

Both, of course, re-tuned for the truck. The source estimates total output at around 690 horsepower and 824 pound-feet of torque.

Finally, there will be a range-topping Cybertruck with a tri-motor AWD layout.

The range-topping truck will be the most impressive with at least 500 miles of range, a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 2.9 seconds, and a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds

. It will also have the highest top speed at 130 mph. The three-motor configuration is actually Tesla’s highly anticipated Plaid drivetrain, which will make it into other models as well. The Roadster 2.0 is the first that comes to mind.

Cybertrucks fitted with the three-motor layout will deliver in excess of 800 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque.

Output will surely exceed that of the Model S Performance, currently rated at 794 horsepower and 1,013 pound-feet of twist.

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Horsepower
Tesla Cybertruck Single Motor RWD 400-500 HP
Tesla Cybertruck Dual Motor AWD 690 HP
Tesla Cybertruck trim-motor AWD 800 HP

How will the tri-motor layout work, you ask? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Instead of the usual motor-per-axle layout, the Cybertruck will employ one unit in the front and two motors on the rear axle, one for each rear wheel. This should also provide better on-demand torque distribution and could, in theory, even facilitate better handling compared to any other Tesla model on the road today.

Tesla Cybertruck specifications
Range: 500+ miles
0-60 mph acceleration: 2.9 seconds
Towing capacity: More than 14,000 lbs
Payload: Up to 3,500 lbs
Horsepower 800 HP
Torque 1000 LB-FT
Vault length: 6.5 feet
Storage capacity: 100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage including the vault, frunk, and sail pillars.
Suspension: 4” in either direction
Touchscreen size: 17”
Body: Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless steel. If there was something better, we’d use it.
Seating capacity: Up to six adults
Charging: Can be charged at home, at Destination Charging locations, and with our network of more than 14,000 Superchargers, including on our newest V3 technology, which is helpful for long hauls and towing.
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