Tesla fan takes a measuring tape to the Cybertruck’s rear — with surprising results

Key Points

  • 📏 The width of the Tesla Cybertruck from the rear is approximately 78 inches.
  • 🚗 This width is close to that of the Model S and Model X, which have widths of 78.2 inches and 78.7 inches, respectively.
  • 📐 The original prototype of the Cybertruck from 2019 was measured at 79.8 inches wide.
  • 🚘 The Cybertruck’s fender flares, which are notably thick and wide, add to its overall width.
  • 🏗️ Without the fender flares, the Cybertruck’s main body could be around 78 inches wide.
  • 🚙 In comparison, the Rivian R1T is 81.8 inches wide with mirrors folded, and the Ford F-150 Lightning is 80 inches wide without side mirrors. Neither of these trucks has fender flares like the Cybertruck.

When the Tesla Cybertruck was initially unveiled in late 2019, there were legitimate concerns that the all-electric pickup truck would be too large for conventional garages. Eventually, Tesla executives such as CEO Elon Musk noted that the Cybertruck’s size had been slightly reduced. This way, the vehicle could fit in a standard garage easily. 

Numerous Tesla Cybertruck release candidates have been spotted all over the United States as of late. Reports from Tesla watchers at Gigafactory Texas even suggest that some Cybertruck master candidates are already being produced. So far, however, some of the key dimensions of the all-electric pickup truck remained unknown.

This trend was so notable that it soon became a running joke of sorts among Tesla enthusiasts that someone should just take a measuring tape to a Cybertruck release candidate when they spot one. This is easier said than done, of course, but as per a recent post on the Cybertruck Owners Club, a Cybertruck reservation holder actually did it. 

The reservation holder was only able to measure the width of the Cybertruck’s bed and the rear bumper, and the findings are quite interesting nonetheless. For one, the width of the rear bumper was 72 inches. The width of the actual vehicle from the rear also appeared to be 78 inches, which is quite close to the Model S and Model X. The Model S and Model X are listed with a width of 78.2 inches and 78.7 inches, respectively. The Cybertruck’s original prototype from 2019 was also roughly measured at 79.8 inches wide, as per a Cars.com report.

It should be noted, however, that the Cybertruck is not necessarily flat on the sides. As noted by longtime Tesla investor Matthew Donegan-Ryan, who estimated a full width of 84 inches for the Cybertruck, the fender flares of the all-electric pickup truck are notably thick and wide. Since the fender flares reportedly stick out about 3 inches, the Cybertruck’s main body could indeed be just about 78 inches wide. 

A width of 78 inches without its fender flares would make the Cybertruck a bit narrower than other pickup trucks. The Rivian R1T, for example, is 81.8 inches wide with its mirrors folded, and the Ford F-150 Lightning is 80 inches without its side mirrors. Neither the R1T nor the Lightning have fender flares like the Cybertruck.

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