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Tesla CEO Teases Plaid Cybertruck Promising Impressive Performance


Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to teasing coming products on Twitter. Recently, Musk took to Twitter and said that he would be driving a Plaid Cybertruck once the vehicle was available. Tesla has a long history of making its highest-performing versions with the Plaid moniker. This is the first indication we’ve had that Musk and his crew at Tesla may be planning to produce a higher-performing version of the fully electric Cybertruck that’s already an impressive performer.

Musk stopped short of sharing any performance details on the Plaid Cybertruck. However, the performance details of the tri-motor Cybertruck list a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.9 seconds. That’s much faster than most sports cars can perform the same feat. One question that remains is if those performance figures are for the normal tri-motor Cybertruck or for the Plaid version.

The assumption is that the 2.9-second 0-60 mph time is for the non-Plaid version of the Cybertruck. Any way you slice it, the Cybertruck looks to be a better performer than the Ford F-150 Raptor able to reach 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. That said, the two vehicles go after different demographics with the Raptor aimed at going fast off-road.

Late last month, details did surface that Tesla intended to build a new factory in America where the Cybertruck would be built. It’s unclear what sort of delays coronavirus will have on the Cybertruck and other Tesla models. Tesla has closed its factory, and delays are expected in the production of all Tesla vehicles. Ford is working on its all-electric F-150, and it’s worth remembering that the Cybertruck is expected to be rated as medium-duty pickup putting it on par with the Super Duty line, not the F-150.

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Source: Teslarati


Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. fpvfan

    Ford’s stupidity is going to continuously lead them to public embarrassment by Tesla. Tesla has not stopped showing their ugly vehicle dragging that F150 around like a dog with a rag doll. This company continuously does stuff to make them look worse and worse when they should be trying to improve themselves. Ford has been so focus in all of the wrong things for the last 10-15 years, which is why they’ve continued to fail over and over again. Ford has done horrible in China, a move they never should have invested in and now they’re being publicly humiliated in their own back yard by a start up company that doesn’t even make actually cars! Ford had the right idea to get rid of all of the cars they made because honestly, they all suck anyway and they should be doing it with nearly every American SUV they make except the new Explorer and Expedition. They bombed with the Focus “Automated Manual” transmission and to top it all off, they waste billions of dollars on vehicles very few people will ever buy or even use to their full potential. How many people out there will ever buy a Ford GT, even if you’d like to? Very few. Why? because it’s not something that really attainable. Chevrolet’s corvette cost way less and it’s a much easier to live with sports car. How many people who buy a GT500 ever use it to it’s full potential? Very few, most people who buy them keep them in garages (which is fine if that’s what they want to do just to say they have it) but the car is pointless on the road. (Just like the Hellcats and the ZL1 1LE). Even the GT350, as easy going as it is to be such an amazing performance vehicle, borderlines that realm of being a bit overkill and the only reason I say that is because even though it’s a performance bargain so to speak, the car is just so perfect on the track (as far as anything Ford will ever build) that you really can’t appreciate it unless that’s where you have it at. The bad part about all this is that it doesn’t even have to be this way. Ford has everything it needs to become a great car company again. It really does. First and foremost, dump the Chinese market and start focusing on the rest of the world, mainly the USA and secondly stop focusing on Tesla. Seriously. The companies Ford needs to focus on right now, beyond GM and Dodge, are Hyundai/Kia/Genesis, Toyota and Nissan. In a few short years, Hyundai has grown into a seriously well put together automobile manufacturer and with a few more vehicles, Hyundai is going to be the one to kick everyone’s butt. Toyota is trying to gain a bit of traction in the truck market and the Tundra is a great truck and so is the Hi lux. If Toyota brings the Hi lux over here and gives it some TRD options, the Ranger is in trouble, because it sucks right now. Nissan’s trucks are getting better to but their cars are suffering because they’re boring and FWD and their RWD Infiniti brand costs too much. Now Dodge is going to continue moving along, even at the pace their going and do just fine because they don’t have front wheel drive vehicles and they’re the only company out there in America to build real cars (meaning rear wheel drive based performance vehicles and brawny practical trucks) the problem with dodge is the fact that they are dodge and they break alot because FCA is cheap.
    If Ford was really smart Ford would discontinue the Mustang in 2022 and bring out it’s true performance cars, the Fairlane and the Falcon. Both the Fairlane and the Falcon spawned more performance cars that the Mustang has ever done in it’s entire lifetime and they did it all without the help of Carroll Shelby (rest in peace). The thing about these two cars is that they had performance models and pedestrian models as well along with multiple body types. Coupes, sedan, wagons and even small trucks all came from these two vehicles and these are both global names. Ford currently has the modular CD6 chassis which underpins the new Ford Explorer and what is rumored to be under the next mustang. Scrap the Mustang or let it be that new Mach E thing and bring out a bigger, more usable Performance coupe, sedan, Crossover and mini truck all under the same family, still allowing the Explorer to be the largest vehicle on the CD6 platform. This platform should have all V6 engines including the 3.3L N/A V6, the 2.7L ecoboost, the 3.0L Ecoboost, the 3.5L HO Ecoboost, the 3.5L Super High Output Ecoboost, the 3.0L Ecoboost hybrid and the upcoming 3.5L Ecoboost Hybrid. It’s no secret that the V8s days are numbered but Ford has being doing such an amazing job with the Ecoboost platform that honestly, who really needs a V8? It’s a great, old fashioned notion but Ecoboost engines out torque V8 engines any day of the week and I’ll be honest, the Ford GT sounds great even though it’s an unattainable super car. For those who want Ford to bring out a Corvette fighter, Ford just recently uncovered the 1962 Mach 2 Concept that never made production and it’s a sleek looking car even for today’s standards. Modernized with a few unique styling cues and a few different Ecoboost V6 options and a Ford GT inspired powertrain and we could be looking at a proper new affordable Thunderbird sports car that can go toe to toe with the Vette. Ford needs to have a global FPV branch along with upgrading the Ford Performance Catalog to cater more to the ecoboost performance platform so that car enthusiasts can upgrade their cars and keep the factory warranty, which would also push companies like Roush and Steeda to jump on board with the new direction of Ford Performance. As far as body on frame vehicles go, The Ranger needs a complete makeover inside and out. It needs to have more of the next gen F150 styling just smaller along with a proper 6ft bed. Nix the Raptor, bring on the Wildtrak and Wolftrack for the next gen vehicles. The Bronco has me on the fence with the spy shots but hopefully it will be a great trail vehicle (so much more useful than the Raptor as no one dune races!) I will say that the Bronco should get a well appointed interior trim package on a higher end model, similar to what the old Eddie Bauer Bronco used to be. Both of these vehicles need to be powered by the 3.3L N/A V6 and the 2.7L Ecoboost as well as the 3.0L Diesel. Above that, the New F150 looks to be a beautiful truck from all of the concept pics based off of what we have seen of the next gen truck. I’m hoping Ford has a good off road trail truck for this next gen F150 along with a sporty street performance truck like the return of the Ford Lightning. Still, with all of the Ecoboost and Hybrid Ecoboost powertrains out there, I feel like the V8 should fade into the sunset. It’s not needed anymore. I would also like to see a few more engine options on the next Expedition as well along with a few new trims. As far as the Super Duty Trucks, I think Ford should follow in the footsteps of GMC and make an amazing heavy duty electric truck to rival the new Hummer and rename the Trucks Atlas so you would have the Atlas-250, Altas-350 and so on and keep the Tremor package going. Honestly the Tremor package should be on the F150 as well as the off road trail package. As far as small cars and crossovers, The Mach-E started something that should be expanded on as electric vehicles do have a place in today’s market. If ford is going to use the mustang name here that’s fine but move it specifically to this vehicle and let it live on solely as this. Now this vehicle is a rear wheel drive based electric platform and we just saw that 1,000hp electric mustang with a manual transmission so we know a fun electric vehicle can be produced and it should be with this Mach E. But what about other electric vehicles and people who want super efficient vehicles. This is where electric vehicles shine. Just like the V8, the four cylinder front wheel drive platform is a thing of the past. Smaller vehicles like the Mach can be made with names like Maverick, Puma, EVOS and Mondeo. Rear wheel drive based all-wheel drive vehicles can easily replace the vehicles ford has out currently and can be done with alot less recalls.
    There is one line of Ford that should disappear from the face of the earth and that line is Lincoln. Lincoln is an American only line of Ford and it really has no point. Ford could easily add the Vignale and Vignale black label trim packages to certain vehicles in it’s global Ford fleet both gasoline and electric with cars, SUVS and trucks and make alot more money. It follows the same lines as what GMC does with the Denali brand and makes alot of sense. Ford could cover way more ground this way and even possibly do better in the Chinese market as it would balance out their entire global market with nothing specific to any one market. Make everything flat across the board, this way you manufacture less different parts and increase revenue.


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