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A Reader Spotted Prototype Tesla Cybertrucks In Mexico So Let’s Take A Look

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While in Cabo San Lucas on the hunt for a winter home to escape his Colorado icebox, Autopian reader Mario found himself blocked into his hotel parking lot by multiple Tesla Cybertruck prototypes. “Funny thing, they blocked me in so I couldn’t leave this morning,” he told me. “But when your rental car is a base model Kia of some sort, your man card doesn’t allow you to go out and say ‘excuse me, can you move your tundra and Cybertrucks, I have places to be.'”

There were two Cybertrucks and one white “chase/support truck,” as Mario put it via email. “I didn’t want to interrupt their photo shoot and prep but here are the best I could do,” he said, attaching the following photos that he took early this morning (check out the cool paint schemes, and the RC “Release Candidate” branding on the nose:

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Here you can some Maxxtrax recovery boards on the tailgate, plus there’s something dangling under that rear bumper.

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Here you can see what looks like a pretty standard tailgate cable, and a tie-down rail on the inside of the beside:

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Here you can see some door panels, a rack on the tilted roof, and some instrumentation:

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Here’s a rear shot. Hmm, what is that in the bed? [Update: Looks like it’s a wheel cover! -DT]. 

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I’m not sure. It looks like some kind of cover? It’s large:

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“Funny part for me,” he said. “I stay in this development frequently and have never seen any Tesla model here. I assumed it was because of the EV charging infrastructure trying to get one to Cabo San Lucas from the US. You’d basically have to pay shipping from San Diego ($2K) and then put a charging station in your home/rental as I don’t ever see public chargers.  When I arrived last Thursday, there were 3 Tesla charging stations at the hotel (where you saw the vehicles) but the cars parked there were other cheap ICE rentals.  Only this morning did I see actual ‘Teslas.'”
Very interesting.
Mario says he’s a Daily Autopian reader, so between that and these photos he sent, let me just say: THANK YOU!
All Images from Mario

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21CenturySchizoidMan
21CenturySchizoidMan
9 months ago

Try to say something nice, try to say something nice… I like how the brake lights are integrated into the back of the truck so they are visible when the tailgate is down. Something else, something else… hmmmm… That’s a decent frunk!

But seriously, that tailgate is going to slice open some legs and the rear windows look so high that most adults won’t be able to look out them, let alone kids!

Chris D
Chris D
8 months ago

This thing is rubbish, and has already been tagged by drug dealers in the bad part of town.

BolognaBurrito
BolognaBurrito
9 months ago

Those doors (and door cards) look thick as fuck. This is going to be a massive truck, with a cramped interior.

Sherifftruman
Sherifftruman
9 months ago
Reply to  BolognaBurrito

Like, surely that’s some cameo piece on the upper section and they didn’t go full bulky flat surface all though the interior to match the exterior did they?

Ottomadiq
Ottomadiq
9 months ago

Kids in the back seat better be used to not seeing anything, because that window sill is HIGH

TDI in PNW
TDI in PNW
9 months ago

They do look better dirty but it’s still a car I have no idea what the use case is other than “look at me!” (which is fine). Those back windows look useless and the wind noise at speed is going to be insane. Did they ever get it to stop leaking? I’m still glad it exists, as I do like quirky, even if I don’t “get it”. The reviews will be interesting.

Rafael
Rafael
9 months ago
Reply to  TDI in PNW

Mr. Meeseks car!

Christo Arvanitis
Christo Arvanitis
9 months ago

Not going to make redundant comments to all of the ones pointing out the absurdity of the CT but I have one comment…

…the roof racks. If you put anything on them in the way that roof racks are intended to carry anything, the tip will be pointing up and will catch an absurd amount of air. Imagine a surfboard with either end pointing forward at highway speed.

Just further proof of the nonsensical nature of this thing IMHO.

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
9 months ago

Just make the rear rack taller. Problem solved.

But yeah, this is a common issue with existing SUVs with sloped roofs. My Wife had a small hatchback with the same issue. Not as dramatic but still annoying.

Sklooner
Sklooner
9 months ago

I was thinking how much a sheet of plywood would drop your range with that angle

Pat Douglas Barron
Pat Douglas Barron
9 months ago

I just can’t get used to how ugly Cybertrucks are. When compared to the Rivian, the Ford F150 Lightning, the upcoming RAM electric truck and even the Hummer EV, the Cybertruck looks cheap and nasty.

Phuzz
Phuzz
9 months ago

Personally I feel like those trucks all look like caricatures of normal sized trucks that have been blown up to a ridiculous size.
I wouldn’t say I like the look of the Cybertruck, but it’s different and I’d rather have variety in the traffic I see.

Ottomadiq
Ottomadiq
9 months ago
Reply to  Phuzz

Well seeing as how the Rivian is not a full-size, and the F-150 and Ram are literally based off of the ICE versions, I guess this only applies to the Hummer… which if we reduced your statement by 75% then it is very correct. The Hummer is indeed a very intentional caricature.

Phuzz
Phuzz
9 months ago
Reply to  Ottomadiq

Oh no, I meant that ‘full-sized’ trucks look grotesquely big to me. Something that big would have trouble fitting down my street.

Pat Douglas Barron
Pat Douglas Barron
9 months ago
Reply to  Phuzz

The Cybertruck is certainly different and although I don’t like it, I believe its existence is a very good thing! I agree wholeheartedly with you: the bigger the variety of vehicles people have to choose from, the better. Variety is the spice of life, as they say!

Ron888
Ron888
9 months ago

While i’m feeling slightly less sick every time i see these, i’ll never like the wheel surround.The back one is especially awkward.
Maybe the graffiti is intended to distract from that?

Jakob Johansen
Jakob Johansen
9 months ago

Despite disliking the “bar of soap” design of the 3 and its fat twin, I will still buy it.

It is, by all metrics, the better car (daily driver).

For now, all the Cybertruck has to do is be better than the F-150, and that might not happen.

Simone Giertz made a rough pick up from a model 3 and others have made a really nice estate version of model S. Why Tesla has not picked this up (no pun intended) and made model Y Ute and a S estate with 6 seats, is a bit strange to me.

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
9 months ago
Reply to  Jakob Johansen

I don’t think Tesla can afford to gamble on variations of current models, to be honest. It’s a lot of investment for an unknown outcome. They barely even do facelifts.

And that’s a shame because a Model S station wagon would actually be pretty cool.

Chris D
Chris D
8 months ago

They would be better off making an electric version of a creatively improved and styled normal pickup truck.
This is a swing and a miss from a batter who refuses to leave the batter’s box because he believes he is a superstar hitter.

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
8 months ago
Reply to  Chris D

Oh, for sure, they would’ve 100% been better off if they hadn’t spend whatever amount they’ve been wasting on the Cybertruck if they went with a more conservative design; but then again, Tesla is a tech company so when they change, they, ugh, disrupt. They wouldn’t just go for a practical design, they had to come up with something else entirely (and to be fair their strategy was not so bad when it came to pumping the stonks). They’d never copy tried-and-tested ideas from established automakers. Tech companies only ever steal each others’ ideas.

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
9 months ago

It’s hard to explain, but the more pictures I see of these in the wild, the more “unfinished” (?) they look? For some reason they would look more production ready and complete if they were covered in camo?

It’s “The Homer” car to satisfy Elon, just like he insisted on the falcon wing doors on the Model X even though plenty of people within Tesla absolutely hated that design feature as well.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
9 months ago
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
9 months ago

Alternate headline:
“My uncouth neighbors left their rubbish bins in the middle of my driveway again.”

Scored ims
Scored ims
9 months ago

I can’t believe that was dumb enough to put a deposit in on one of these, but I did. I tried to cancel, but I didn’t get my $100 back yet. Maybe losing 100 was the appropriate punishment

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
9 months ago
Reply to  Scored ims

You know… I get why people were excited when it was unveiled, and I totally understand that so many deposits were put in. especially since the deposit was cheap. But I think Tesla consciously conned a lot of people out of 100 bucks, and that sucks. I think it was clearly part of their strategy to try and have as many deposits as possible from people who would give up on them, effectively turning the deposit into a donation.

PaysOutAllNight
PaysOutAllNight
9 months ago
Reply to  Scored ims

How long ago did you cancel?

I cancelled a over a year ago, when the Twitter purchase fully exposed Elon’s truly awful personality and confirmed that we’re going to have to live with his trolling for the rest of his life. I had my reservations when he was more private, and probably would not have completed the purchase due to Elon, but wanted to reserve the option in case he was being smeared.

I thought the month it took for my refund was an extraordinarily long time to wait for a huge corporation to pay back my money, but I’ve also heard many stories of missing refunds like yours.

Marteau
Marteau
9 months ago

I guess there is a subject for Torch right there.

Last Pants
Last Pants
9 months ago

I thought car blog commenters were all about variety. “I’m sick of all these blobs” they say. Then somebody makes a non blob and they say “Wouldn’t want to hit my elbow on that.” So then it’s back to crv and bz4x and rav4 and other combinations.

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
9 months ago
Reply to  Last Pants

If I say I’m sick of eating mac and cheese everyday, and you put a plate of dogshit in front of me, am I supposed to be grateful that it’s different?

Last Pants
Last Pants
9 months ago
Reply to  Pupmeow

Actually you weren’t supposed to notice it was dogshit until after you ate it.

Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
9 months ago

The more I see of these the uglier they get. I wonder if these guys had the balls to run some of the Baja 1000 race course?

Old Fart Parts Guy
Old Fart Parts Guy
9 months ago

The Cybertruck is designed to haul big egos. Most of the $100k trucks are too nice to do truck stuff. I like it because its different.

Farlap Shimmons
Farlap Shimmons
9 months ago

It looks like what a first-gen Honda Ridgeline would look like rendered in “Test Drive III: The Passion,” the MS-DOS game from 1990.

Chartreuse Bison
Chartreuse Bison
9 months ago

Them bringing a Tacoma for a support truck says all there is to say about this joke of a truck

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
9 months ago

COTD

Clark B
Clark B
9 months ago

I’ve seen one of their mobile repair vehicles around here before–it was a Ford Transit Connect. I mean it makes sense to use a van for that, but there’s a bit of irony there regardless.

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Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago

My good even uglier in real-life. Like an ugly brother and sister mated and the local gang spray painted graffiti on them to hide the ugly.

G Smith
G Smith
9 months ago

I can’t be certain due to the distance from the object, but it doesn’t look like these meet the +/-0.01mm surface tolerance dictated by Musk

Manuel Verissimo
Manuel Verissimo
9 months ago
Reply to  G Smith

When every surface is flat from the bare sheet metal, it’s actually an easy goal to achieve!

G Smith
G Smith
9 months ago

Actually, a flat surface is even harder to control since there’s no strain in the panel

Dudeoutwest
Dudeoutwest
9 months ago

They look like they get sold “pre-vandalized” or something. Good luck bringing anything home from the lumber yard that’s more than a couple feet long, getting your full sized motorcycle in the back, or even dragging a bunch of yard stuff to the dump.

It doesn’t look all that capable of doing actual truck things. I’ll keep my 24yo F150XL. The Cybertruck can’t do any of the things I need a truck to do, especially for the premium I’m sure they’re going to charge.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Dudeoutwest

Granted, I don’t think you could get the proverbial dead hooked and a set of golf clubs back there.

Marteau
Marteau
9 months ago

…The edge of the tailgate…

Sklooner
Sklooner
9 months ago
Reply to  Marteau

I was looking at the sharp pointy bit on the side

Olaf Hart
Olaf Hart
9 months ago
Reply to  Sklooner

I saw that and immediately thought “Ouch”

Widgetsltd
Widgetsltd
9 months ago

These things have a LOT of camouflage on them. Once those fake, flat panels are off, we’ll see the smooth curves of the production design. Wait, what?

PL71 Enthusiast
PL71 Enthusiast
9 months ago

My money is on the thing below the tailgate being structural because I think this is just going to end up being built on one of their existing chassis.

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Marteau
Marteau
9 months ago

My money on model x on big tires. Put low profile tires on those rims, and there is no more ground clearance.

Who Knows
Who Knows
9 months ago

These still remind me of the triangular poop emoji, only melted and flattened out, which I find entirely appropriate

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
9 months ago

The graffiti is there to hide/distract from the flat panel issues.

I’m now officially calling it the KET (Ketamine Ego Trip).

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Crank Shaft

More like an acid flashback to me.

Ron888
Ron888
9 months ago
Reply to  Crank Shaft

Believable.If there is a way to ruin already flat metal,Tesla will find it XD

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago

Sorry but in the natural world, (not press photos) this thing looks even shittier than I thought it could.
Actually it looks like something built in a garage out of recycled stainless steel refrigerator doors by a lunatic. Seriously.
I’ve seen drawings of trucks by 5 year olds that looked far better than Elon’s newest turd.
Sorry, not sorry.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

Maybe built by Hamster, May, and Jeremy over a weekend of heavy drinking?

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

That’s what I was looking for. Well said.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

It does look a bit like George without the moostach

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

Actually George and Elon have the same idea about telling the truth.
“It’s not a lie if you believe it Jerry.”

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

Actually I was referring to George the guys EV they built

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

Sorry. We had to give up pay TV years ago. So the reference point had slipped my mind. Touche’

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

All is forgiven if you canexplain to a Boomer how to get internet and television without the expensive companies. I will cut the cord but so far it seems no matter what the cost is the same.

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

Boomer here too. And yes they have us by the short hairs.
It sucks.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

Yet but apparently Genx is so tough. I lived out that and more. BOOMERS ARE THE BEST.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

Do they try to shut you out too? I mean the employees are great but the younger generation is certainly trying to shut out any truth they don’t believe in.

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

As an old person I agree. I don’t believe in a lot of stuff, but am especially annoyed at being told we are irrelevant strictly because of age. Just really hypocritical as hell.

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