Tesla Cyber Truck will be smaller, says Musk

Tesla Cybertruck

Ask and he delivers. Elon Musk takes to Twitter to tell the world the Cyber Truck needs to “kick butt in Baja” and that it’ll be three per cent smaller.

In what seems to be a never-ending cycle of Twitter asking and Elon Musk delivering, Tesla has released more information on its weird looking, designed-by-a-child Tesla Cybertruck. But the Twitter response from Musk will no doubt have four-wheel drivers frothing, well, some of ’em because Musk blurted out that Tesla is trying to improve the suspension travel on the Cyber Truck. Look out, Baja.

“We’re working on increasing dynamic air suspension travel for better off-roading,” Musk replied. “Needs to kick butt in Baja.” Of course, anyone with an ounce of off-road interest will pick up the reference to the Baja 1000 off-road race, which is held in Baja, Mexico towards the end of every year.

The suspension Musk’s referring to is an adaptive air suspension system Tesla said the Cyber Truck would run. The system changes both damping and ride height, depending on the terrain, speed and driver input. It’s worth mentioning that the thing offers an impressive 16-inches of overall ride height. Musk added it would be a completely new system, not an adaption or direct copy of the system utilised in the Model S and Model X.

But talking about the suspension changes, and taking on the Baja 1000 weren’t the only things he told Twitter. Musk said the Cyber Truck would be three per cent smaller than the prototype. The window sills and the centre-line will be more level and, the rest of the thing will look completely different because there’s no way, looking the way it does, the Cyber Truck would ever pass any crash test with anything more than one star at best.

The Tesla Cybertruck will be offered with one to three electric motors and all- and rear-wheel drive options, with the triple-motor ‘Plaid’ powertrain offering around 800 kilometres of range, a 2.9-second 0-100km/h time, and a rather impressive 6350kg towing capacity.

Tesla Cybertruck on road

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