Tesla Removes Cybertruck Specifications from Website, but Continues to Accept Deposits

  • We're all aware that Tesla does not follow the rules or traditions of other automakers when it comes to model launches, so the fact that previously announced specifications for the upcoming Cybertruck have vanished from the company website is hardly surprising.
  • The omission of these details raises the question of whether the recently announced production delay is truly about altering more than just the delivery date.
  • If you're interested in purchasing a physical Cybertruck, check out the $250 Mega X Cybertruck brick model, which includes adorable plastic Easter eggs.

The Tesla Cybertruck saga continues on its own course. From its divisive, angular styling to production delays, the Cybertruck is the ideal vehicle for those dissatisfied with the traditional new-vehicle buying experience. The latest twist is that even the scant information Tesla previously provided about the truck may not be as secure as fans wish.

Tesla previously stated that the Cybertruck would be available in three configurations: rear-wheel drive for $39,990, all-wheel drive for $49,990, and a tri-motor configuration for $69,990. Tesla's website removed these prices and other specifications this week, including the vehicle's range of more than 500 miles and zero-to-60-mph time of less than 2.9 seconds (in the top tri-motor configuration).

Tesla does not have a traditional public relations department, and thus did not issue a statement explaining why information about the Cybertruck was removed from the site. Similarly, CEO Elon Musk's Twitter account is deafeningly silent on the subject.

While Tesla's official website has removed the specifications, they are still available on Car and Driver and other automotive websites. The big question now is whether Tesla is simply updating the specs as it reconfigures what it will offer when the truck actually goes on sale in the future, or if the continued delays and this spec disappearance indicate that larger changes between what was promised and what will be delivered are on the way. Tesla was originally scheduled to begin production of the Cybertruck this year, but that date was recently pushed back to 2022, and it's not inconceivable that the delay has resulted in changes to the specifications of what will eventually be delivered. However, in the absence of an official statement from Musk or Tesla, all we can do is speculate on the reasons for the removal.

Tesla is still accepting $100 refundable deposits for the Cybertruck, for what it's worth. Instead of selecting a trim level based on the specs Tesla previously promoted, the site now simply states, "You will be able to complete your configuration as production nears in 2022."

The good news is that you can still purchase a real-world Cybertruck online today, just not from Tesla. Along with the Hot Wheels RC Cybertruck we recently mentioned, Mattel has released a new one. The toymaker has begun accepting orders for the Mega X Cybertruck, a $250 Mega blocks (non-Lego plastic toy) model that you assemble yourself. This "collector's building set" contains 3283 pieces and is priced at $250 per person.

As befits a desktop toy for Cybertruck enthusiasts, this model includes a working tonneau cover, a folding tailgate, and Easter eggs such as cracked driver's-side windows, a nod to the ironic "these windows won't break" demonstration during the truck's 2019 unveiling, during which the window did, in fact, shatter. Mattel has stated that orders placed now for the Mega X Cybertruck model will be shipped in December. If the company truly wishes to provide customers with an authentic Cybertruck experience, it should at the very least delay the launch until January.

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