Although its design is unapologetically different, the Tesla Cybertruck is built to be a no-compromise alternative to the most compelling pickup trucks on the market. This is part of the reason why Tesla priced the vehicle so fairly, starting at less than $70,000 with the entry-level RWD model costing less than $40,000 and the top-tier Tri-Motor AWD version. To be sure, $70,000 is by no means cheap for a pickup truck, but it is certainly reasonable compared with other upcoming trucks from legacy automakers.
Pickup trucks have changed over the years from being mere utility vehicles to luxury, performance machines that are just as capable off-road as they are on paved roads. One such example is the RAM truck manufactured by Dodge. RAM Trucks have become more extreme in recent years, and this is best reflected by the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX, Dodge’s flagship pickup which has more than 200 horses than the Ford F-150 Raptor, thanks to its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine which pushes out a whopping 702 horsepower.
The RAM 1500 TRX has the results worthy of its status as flagship. The RAM 1500 TRX will reach a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds with its 702 horses, and a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. Top speed is a decent 118 mph which is impressive for a half-ton truck. But while those specs are certainly impressive, one thing has stood out about the RAM 1500 TRX: its price, which is currently the highest on the market.
The RAM 1500 TRX starts at $71,690 including destination fees which, oddly enough, is right on top-tier Tesla Cybertruck’s ballpark, starting at $69,900. The Cybertruck Tri-Motor AWD could hit a price that is closer to $80,000, with Full Self-Driving added. Compared to the RAM 1500 TRX, that’s still very cheap, as Dodge’s flagship pickup — when fully equipped with features like radar cruise control, HUD, and heated leather seats — could reach prices of around $100,000.
A special RAM 1500 TRX “Launch Version” is also available at a price of $92,010 including the destination fees. Overall, the RAM 1500 TRX will be the first and only light-duty pickup truck to crack the six-figure barrier with its premium price, at least when the vehicle is scheduled to go on sale later this year.
Other upcoming luxury trucks, such as the Rivian R1 T, which is designed to be a luxurious adventure vehicle with the performance to suit, may well challenge this price. That said, earlier this year Rivian revealed that the R1 T would start at its estimated price of $69,000, so it remains to be seen if the top-tier version of the all-electric pickup of the company will be priced comparably to the RAM 1500 TRX.
As for the Tesla Tri-Motor Cybertruck? When it comes to efficiency and functionality, the truck is aiming to be more and more like the bang-for-your-buck pickup. Customers could experience a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds with the $69,900 Cybertruck Tri-Motor AWD and a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds, considerably faster than the flagship RAM.
The Cybertruck also has a maximum payload capacity of 3,500 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds, much greater than the maximum payload of 1,310 pounds for the RAM 1500 TRX and a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds. This, combined with a range of over 500 zero-emission miles per charge, making the Cybertruck a highly convincing alternative to the best gas-guzzling pickups of this century.
Reported by Teslarati.
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