Published on December 1st, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Tesla Cybertruck Finally Unveiled In The U.S, But Is It Worth The Asking Price?
Will Tesla bring in the Cybertruck next and will it cost more than RM250k?
The Tesla Cybertruck has finally been unveiled in the U.S but it is not exactly as advertised. For those unaware, the Cybertruck is finally here after much teasing but it costs a bit more than what was initially projected. The question now is, with the price it released with, will it be able to compete?
Okay, so the Tesla Cybertruck has been officially unveiled and it comes in three variants, namely the base rear-wheel drive (RWD) variant, followed by the all-wheel drive (AWD) variant in the middle of the lineup and the range topping Cyberbeast variant caps off the list.
Moreover, the Tesla Cybertruck RWD starts from USD49,890 (about RM233,610) and comes with about 250 miles (about 402km) of range and a century sprint time of 6.5 seconds. Not much else is known about this variant for now but the starting price is already very concerning.
Meanwhile, the mid spec AWD variant of the Tesla Cybertruck has a starting price of USD68,890 (around RM322,577) with around 547km of range and a 4.1 second century sprint time. It makes 600hp and about 10,080Nm of torque and has a top speed of 180km/h. It also has a towing capacity of approximately 4,990kg.
On the other hand, the top spec Tesla Cybertruck Cyberbeast starts from USD96,390 (about RM451,346). It has about 515km of range (less than the mid-spec variant) and a 2.6 second century sprint time. It makes 845hp and roughly 13,960Nm of torque. It has a top speed of about 241km/h and about 4,990kg of towing capacity
On top of that, the Tesla Cybertruck looks pretty much exactly as advertised but with the starting price already being so high, there is no way Tesla will be able to bring this electric vehicle (EV) pickup truck to Malaysia at a price that can be considered competitive, especially considering all the other petrol and diesel options we have.
The current Tesla lineup in Malaysia are the Model Y SUV and Model 3 sedan, the former of which starts from just under RM200,000 and the latter starts from RM189,000. These prices are already rather exorbitant but of course, these prices are likely nothing compared to what Tesla might retail the Cybertruck here for.
EVs are not cheap by any measure of the word, however, there are many reasons for this. I shan’t get into them now but suffice it to say it is going to be a very long time before the average Malaysian can afford a decent EV here in the country but hopefully that changes soon.