- Tesla unveiled its first truck, the Cybertruck, on Thursday evening.
- The Cybertruck is a six-passenger pickup the company says has three motors, armoured glass, and up to 500 miles of range. It has an angular design.
- Twitter has been busily roasting the Cybertruck since the unveiling, with many people saying it looks like a vehicle out of a badly rendered video game.
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Tesla’s new Cybertruck has not had the easiest start.
CEO Elon Musk unveiled the $US39,900 Cybertruck on Thursday night. This is Tesla’s first truck, which Musk has been hyping up for months.
Tesla says Cybertruck is made of a heavy-duty stainless steel and armoured glass and can carry six people with a maximum range of 500 miles.
The presentation itself hit a snag when Musk tried to show off the truck’s armoured windows – and his lead designer promptly smashed them.
But it seems the Cybertruck has more to worry about than a hiccup in its unveiling. Its angular and blocky design is being widely derided on Twitter and across the internet.
The Cybertruck reveal is the scene they put in an Elon biopic to communicate “hitting rock bottom”
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) November 22, 2019
cybertruck is what you get when you fire everyone that says no to you
— Kris Straub (@krisstraub) November 22, 2019
The Cybertruck is already drawing comparisons to everything from scenes from old-school video games to doorstop wedges. Here are some of our favourite aesthetic comparisons being made online to the new Tesla Cybertruck:
Some people said the truck’s blocky design reminded them of a badly rendered video game.
— Robert Rowe (@RoweGuy7429) November 22, 2019
Tesla cybertruck lookin like an HD port of a PS1 game
— Arin Hanson, All Devouring (@egoraptor) November 22, 2019
— King's Letter (@TheKingsletter) November 22, 2019
The video game comparisons didn’t end there. Some compared the design to the Warthog, an all-terrain vehicle from the “Halo” franchise — though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing to some customers.
— Windows Central Gaming (@WCGamingTweets) November 22, 2019
Just preordered the #Cybertruck and im going to to get a wrap to make it actually look like a warthog!
— KEEM ???? (@KEEMSTAR) November 22, 2019
One user said its aesthetic came straight from the surreal game “Death Stranding.”
— emily (@emwyyn) November 22, 2019
The Cybertruck’s sharp angles also drew comparisons to Porygon, of the original Pokémon.
— Juan (@juanskindiary) November 22, 2019
— Ａｕｇｎｏｓ (@AugnosMusic) November 22, 2019
Others compared the unveiling to the car designed by Homer Simpson in the 1991 “Simpsons” episode “O Brother Where Art Thou.”
— Kristian Sturt (@FootieWriter) November 22, 2019
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) November 22, 2019
Some said the Tesla car looks straight out of the 1991 sci-fi movie “Total Recall” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
— Matt (@themattprov) November 22, 2019
Twitter users also got strong “Back to the Future” DeLorean vibes from the Tesla truck. Considering the Cybertruck’s armoured windows couldn’t hold up, it’s unclear how successful it would be as a time-travelling vehicle.
— Marc Nevin (@M_Nevin) November 22, 2019
A Google research scientist tweeted that the angular car was reminiscent of the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, a festival celebrated in some East Asian countries in which people buy paper models of material goods and home comforts to burn and send to their ancestors.
Elon Musk's Cybertruck reminds me of paper cars burned and offered to deceased relatives during Tomb Sweeping Festival (清明節) to ensure that ancestors are not short of material comforts in the afterworld.https://t.co/ZLTOK96Tnv pic.twitter.com/YdRTdNCfN8
— hardmaru (@hardmaru) November 22, 2019
To some, the Cybertruck reminded them of a wooden block toy car they played with years ago.
— yg (@yadeer_) November 22, 2019
Others recognised the car’s shape from simplistic child-like drawings made in the early days of using computer drawing programs like Microsoft Paint.
— Ni (@Avo_NP) November 22, 2019
Several Twitter users roasted the Cybertruck’s unflattering resemblance to a rubber doorstop wedge.
— dave appleby (@dave_apple) November 22, 2019
Other people wondered whether Musk drew inspiration from basketball star Kobe Bryant’s futuristic Adidas Kobe 2 sneakers.
— Ray Wong (@raywongy) November 22, 2019
— andykat (@hilinetrail) November 22, 2019
Critics went as far as to compare the Cybertruck to the Pontiac Aztek, an older car that’s been called “the biggest failure in automotive history.”
Pontiac: We present the Aztek!
— Tank (@Tank_Adams) November 22, 2019
— Troy Gorostiza (@tgorostiza) November 22, 2019
— jonasclark (@jonasclark) November 22, 2019
But Cybertruck design reminded people of other retro, out-of-date cars as well.
— Joseph Bue (@joseph_bue1) November 22, 2019
However, the truck’s exterior wasn’t the only part that took a hammering. It remains to be seen whether the ridicule facing Cybertruck’s design will be an impediment to its sales.
"What happened to you??"
— JT (@Austere_Scholar) November 22, 2019