It’s part of human nature to brag about something you’re particularly proud of: your first home; a personal achievement; maybe even your kids. These are all fine. What we don’t think people should be bragging about though, is a $150 ($100 USD) downpayment on one of the ugliest cars in recent memory: the Tesla Cybertruck.
Type #cybertruck into Instagram and you’ll see a whole number of posts from
fools people who have put their deposit down to own what they believe is one of the greatest advancements in the automotive industry.
While we have to admire Tesla’s commitment to sustainable energy-powered vehicles – and its mission to rethink the car as a whole – we definitely think the California-based company could have spent a little more time at the design stage. Resembling something that wouldn’t look out of place in Gran Turismo on the PlayStation 1, or something your 4-year-old might draw, the design, to us, is more dated than futuristic.
That hasn’t stopped people from parting with their cash, all in the name of being one of the first to own the
ugly unusual looking vehicle that can catapult you to 60mph faster than a Porsche 911.
But to post about a deposit? Really? We don’t see posts from people making deposits for any other car, so why should a Tesla be any different? It’s just not cool.
The cynic in us expects many of the alleged 150,000 pre-orderers to claim a full refund on their deposit before the Cybertruck rolls off the production line in late 2021/early 2020, and not actually go through with the purchase, instead just trying to show off to their mates.
We wouldn’t blame them if they did cancel. Marketed as ultra-tough and ultra-rugged, the demonstration of the bullet-proof glass at the official launch was met with mockery. Designed to be completely scratch-resistant, the window smashed when it had a metal ball hurled at it. Not exactly encouraging.
A similar thing happened when Tesla launched the Model 3: people posted images of their $1,000 deposits. While we still don’t condone that behaviour, at least the car in question was actually cool.
We can’t get on board with the Cybertruck trend, give us a Hilux any day instead.