When Tesla founder Elon Musk said that the company’s upcoming pick-up truck was going to be completely different, a few months ago, he wasn’t kidding. The South African- born entrepreneur pulled the covers off the radical-looking Tesla Cybertruck in Los Angeles last night.

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Crowds at the launch event in Los Angeles were wowed when they saw the completely unique-looking model for the very first time. The truck has seating for six. It body is made of ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel, the same stuff Tesla uses to produce its rockets. Showman, Musk showed how rugged the Tesla Cybertruck is by having people smash the door with a sledgehammer and throw metal balls at the glass.

With its high ride height and full air suspension Musk says the Tesla Cybertruck will have the best approach and departure angles when going off-road and claims that his new creation can basically compete in the Baja Rally… though we’re not sure where they’d recharge the batteries.

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Various flavours

As per all its other vehicles, the new pick-up will be completely battery powered. The Tesla Cybertruck will come in three derivatives. A single motor rear-wheel-drive version will have a range of 400 km of range and a 1 650 kg towing capacity. Performance for this entry-level variant is quoted as 0-100 km/h in under 6,5 seconds.

A step up from that is a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version with 480 km of range and 4 500 kg towing capacity. It is claimed sprint ability is 0-100 km/h in under 4,5 seconds. At the very top of the family tree is a triple motor all-wheel drive with 800 km of range, 6 300 kg towing capacity and, best of all, Musk says it will sprint to 100 km/h in under 2,9 seconds.