Tesla Cybertruck: Prototype Puzzles and Enthusiastic Insights

The sight of Tesla's Cybertruck prototype on roads and parks has certainly caused quite a buzz in recent months. With enthusiasts capturing its every angle and critics questioning its finish, the discourse surrounding the anticipated electric vehicle (EV) is vibrant and varied.

Unveiling the Mystery

The is undeniably making headlines. But is it for the right reasons? Recent images and videos of the EV have caused some onlookers to express concerns about potential finish inconsistencies. However, Sandy Munro, a renowned auto expert, offers a different perspective.

“It's misleading to judge a vehicle's fit and finish off a prototype,” Munro reportedly emphasized. He argues that prototypes aren't usually up to the mark when it comes to finishes and panel gaps. Munro explained, “With prototypes, they're not as fussy about panel gaps and things like that — so you can't really throw rocks at that.”

Munro's confident that once the Cybertruck hits the market, it'll showcase Tesla's signature polish. Despite this, he admits that Tesla has faced quality control challenges in the past.

However, he's optimistic about the Cybertruck's future, stating, “Everything that I see tells me that this is not quite ready for primetime, but it looks as good as anybody else would have.”

Beyond the Hype

In a world driven by social media, the Tesla Cybertruck has seen both admiration and skepticism. Images circulating online highlight various features, from the vehicle's unique windshield wiper to its sizable trunk.

But as with any trend, the vehicle also has its critics. Some viewers, such as Dave Tapley of the MuddyRuttz YouTube channel, have highlighted what they see as flaws in the EV.

YouTube video

However, it's important to note that Tapley's footage captured a Cybertruck that seemed to be undergoing off-road testing. The resulting online debate even delved into the meaning of the “RC” label found on the Cybertruck, which Munro clarified only indicates Release Candidate, a term typically used when nearing software finalization.

Defending the prototype's aesthetic, Munro added, “That vehicle has probably gone through some fairly rigorous testing.” He believes the smudge marks and other minor inconsistencies are due to its ongoing rigorous testing phase.

Interestingly, Munro shed light on the vehicle's stainless steel body, seeing it as a potential advantage. “The thing about stainless steel is it hangs around a while,” he pointed out, emphasizing the ease of polishing and repairing any imperfections.

Waiting for the Final Product

While promises that the Cybertruck will be out by year's end, past experiences show that the CEO's timelines can sometimes shift. Musk's enthusiasm remains evident, with past statements on X (previously Twitter) describing the EV as Tesla's “best product ever.”

Tesla Cybertruck: Prototype Puzzles and Enthusiastic Insights
Tesla Cybertruck: Prototype or Release Candidate shows gaps in between the body panels.

Photos courtesy of Dave Tapley.


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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of EVXL.co, where he covers all electric vehicle-related news, covering brands such as Tesla, Ford, GM, BMW, Nissan and others. He fulfills a similar role at the drone news site DroneXL.co. Haye can be reached at haye @ evxl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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