Tesla Cybertruck Towing Specs Leaked: Here’s How It Compares To Gas Pickups
Leaked Cybertruck tow rating of 11,000 pounds means it can’t out-tow its gas-powered competitors from the big three.
The Tesla Cybertruck’s long-awaited debut is on November 30, but a leaked poster (below) on the Cybertruck Owners Club forum, allegedly from a sign at the San Diego Tesla store, gives us an early scoop on the pickup’s towing and payload figures. The vehicle can carry 2,500 pounds in the cargo bed and tow 11,000 pounds. Let’s see how that compares to the traditional, combustion-powered trucks from Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram.
Before we get too deep into comparing the pickups, it’s worth noting that a VIN decoder indicates two variants of the Cybertruck are coming, likely indicating two- and three-motor powertrains. The lighter version has a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,001 to 9,000 pounds, and the heavier one’s GVWR is 9,001 to 10,000 pounds. Unfortunately, the promotional image doesn’t tell us which variant of the truck has these payload and towing specs.
A pickup’s payload refers to the maximum weight the vehicle can carry, including cargo in the bed and passengers. The Tesla Cybertruck’s spec of 2,500 pounds puts it on top compared to the Silverado, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500. However, these trucks are also lighter than Tesla’s electric offering. For this reason, we also include figures for heavy-duty trucks from Detroit in the table below. These models can carry thousands of pounds more than the Cybertruck can bear.
|Model||Payload||Difference Versus Cybertruck|
|Tesla Cybertruck||2,500 lbs||N/A|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500||2,260 lbs||-240 lbs|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||7,234 lbs||4,734 lbs|
|Ford F-150||2,455 lbs||-45 lbs|
|Ford Super Duty||8,000 lbs||5,500 lbs|
|Ram 1500||2,300 lbs||-200 lbs|
|Ram HD||7,680 lbs||5,180 lbs|
A pickup’s towing capacity is simply the rating of the maximum weight a truck can pull, whether you’re hauling a horse trailer, a boat, or a race car.
The Cybertruck’s 11,000-pound towing rating puts it at a disadvantage against combustion-powered full-size and heavy-duty trucks, full stop. A 2024 Ram 3500 can pull over 26,000 pounds more than the Tesla, but even half-ton combustion trucks out-tow the edgy electric pickup.
|Model||Towing Capacity||Difference Versus Cybertruck|
|Tesla Cybertruck||11,000 lbs||N/A|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500||13,300 lbs||2,300 lbs|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||20,000 lbs||9,000 lbs|
|Ford F-150||13,500 lbs||2,500 lbs|
|Ford Super Duty||30,000 lbs||19,000 lbs|
|Ram 1500||11,580 lbs||580 lbs|
|Ram HD||37,090 lbs||26,090 lbs|
We expect to learn significantly more about the Cybertruck during Tesla’s big debut/delivery event, slated to take place on November 30. Stay tuned for more.
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Source: Tesla Cybertruck Owners Club