Elon Musk and Joe Rogan talk Tesla Cybertruck: acceleration, weight, and is it arrow proof?

Elon Musk made another appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast this week, and unsurprisingly the pair talked a lot about the Tesla Cybertruck. During the nearly 3 hour conversation Musk revealed more details about the Cybertruck ahead of the first deliveries next month, and Rogan tested the strength of the stainless steel with his bow and arrow.

Cybertruck Weight

One of the things Tesla fans have been speculating on is the Cybertruck’s weight. Based on the number of Cybertrucks seen loaded on a single car carrier, it has been estimated the electric pickup truck could weight in the vicinity of 7,000lbs. We also had the Cybertruck VIN decoder appearing last week, revealing the Cybertruck’s GVWR, providing another clue as to the truck’s weight.

While Musk didn’t provide an exact number, he did confirm the estimates so far have been accurate, putting the Cybertruck’s weight at about 7,000lbs, depending on the configuration.

“Depends on configuration, but it’s about, I dunno, 7,000lbs. There’s different versions, but 6-7,000 pounds. It’s a heavy truck,” Musk said.

For comparison, the Rivian R1T has a curb weight of 7,148lbs, the F-150 Lightning up to 6,500lbs depending on the trum, while the Hummer EV tops them all at 9,063lbs.

Cybertruck Acceleration

Despite the heavy weight, the Cybertruck will be quick off the line. Musk also revealed there will be a “beast mode” for the Cybertruck, for which the company is targeting a 0-60mph time of under 3 seconds.

“We’re aiming to get the 0-60 below three seconds. For the ‘beast mode’ version. So, we’ve got a beast mode version,” Musk said.

This is presumably for the Performance version of the Cybertruck, which Musk drove for the first time last month. If Tesla’s engineers are able to hit that target time, it would make the heavy Cybertruck quicker off the line than the Model 3 Performance (3.1 seconds), and depending on how far under 3 seconds they’re able to achieve, it could be as fast or faster than the Aston Martin Valkyrie (2.5 secs), Lamborghini Huracán (2.5 secs), or Ferrari 488 Pista (2.7 secs). It would still be slower than the Model S Plaid, which can reach 60mph in 1.98 seconds.

Is the Cybertruck Arrow Proof?

After learning the Cybertruck was bullet proof, Rogan wondered if the stainless steel would also be resistant to his bow and arrow. Musk was up for the challenge, betting Rogan $1 his arrow wouldn’t penetrate through the panel. Fortunately Musk drove to the podcast in a Cybertruck, so they were able to test it on the spot. According to Rogan he used a 80lb compound bow with a 545 grain arrow, which he estimated was moving at 275ft per second. As you can see in the video below the Cybertruck withstood the test as the broad head arrow tip was flattened and the arrow itself exploded upon impact, leaving “barely a scratch” according to Rogan.

Musk also said we will get to see video of the Tommy Gun bullet proof test at the delivery event, saying the footage will also include a demonstration with a shotgun, 9mm handgun, and 0.45 Colt.

Other Details

There were a few other details about the Cybertruck that Musk revealed, without going into too much details.

  • The bottom of the Cybertruck is completely flat and will have the best clear height of any vehicle. Lars Moravy revealed during the Q3 earnings call the Cybertruck’s suspension has 14 inches of travel.
  • Tesla is aiming to produce 200,000 Cybertrucks per year at volume production, maybe more. This is slightly lower but in line with his 250,000 by 2025 estimate at the Q3 earnings call.

You can watch the full Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Spotify below.

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