Ford F-150/Tesla Cybertruck Tug of War May Be Coming Soon

Photo credit: Elon Musk via Twitter
Photo credit: Elon Musk via Twitter

From Car and Driver

  • At the debut of the Tesla Cybertruck, CEO Elon Musk showed a brief video clip in which the new truck pulled a Ford F-150.

  • Observers noted that the F-150 appeared to be a base-trim rear-wheel-drive model and complained it was not an apples-to-apples comparison.

  • A Ford executive responded with a challenge to Tesla to do a more controlled test between similarly equipped models.

Tesla is known to make some aggressive claims from time to time, especially when it comes to their future products that have yet to hit production. Last week, the greatly hyped, and if we're honest, strange-looking Cybertruck debuted to much fanfare from the Tesla faithful. During the presentation, Tesla showed a 16-second clip of what we believe to be the range-topping tri-motor model pulling a Ford F-150.

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In true tow-off fashion, the Cybertruck is shown butted up to the F-150 and connected to it via tow strap. Simultaneously, both drivers hit the accelerator, and immediately the Cybertruck begins to drag the Ford down the road. Impressive as it may seem, we aren’t so convinced by the staged one-upmanship. Look closely, and you’ll see that the F-150 is a rear-wheel-drive Super Crew model. From that observation alone we can likely assume that the F-150 is an STX (equipped with the lesser 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6). As soon as both vehicles begin to accelerate, the Ford's tires light up into smoke, and more important, they produce no forward motion. That's not surprising, since four-wheel drive beats two-wheel drive every time in this kind of exercise.

If we proceed from the notion that the Tesla is indeed the tri-motor model, then that would mean it has the largest battery pack as well. Factoring in the heavy-duty windows and stainless-steel body, we estimate that the tri-motor Cybertruck would weigh somewhere in the range of 7000 to 7500 pounds. Hardly a fair comparison when you figure that the last 2.7-liter V-6 equipped F-150 that C/D tested weighed a comparatively meager 4721 pounds. We would like to see what the results would be if a properly equipped 3.5-liter V-6 F-150, or even a F-250 with the 6.2-liter V-8 (which still weighs only 6500 pounds) were used instead.

We aren't the only ones who feel this way; Numerous Ford employees, including Ford X executive Sundeep Madra, have taken to Twitter to let Musk know that they'd welcome a redo with, as Madra tweeted, "an apples-to-apples comparison." Bring on the gas vs. electric tug of war.

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