The Tesla Cybertruck is officially on sale in Australia and orders are already being taken online, as the latest figures show more than 250,000 people around the world have signed up just one week since the electric pick-up was unveiled.
The order books are already open on the Tesla Australia website, with buyers asked to place a modest $150 deposit to secure a place in the queue.
A Tesla spokesperson would not disclose how many customers from Australia and New Zealand had placed orders, or when the Cybertruck was due in local showrooms.
Production of US models is due to start in 2021, however Tesla cars destined for Australia usually follow North America by at least a year or two.
While US customers have the full range of prices, Australian customers only have access to technical details on US versions of the Cybertruck.
No Australian prices for the Tesla Cybertruck have been released as yet but, as a guide, in the US it will start from $US39,900 (AU$58,900) for a single motor, rear-drive model which has 250 miles of range (400km), can carry 1500kg in the tray, and tow 3400kg.
The next step up in the Tesla Cybertruck range starts from $US49,900 (AU$73,750) for a dual motor all-wheel drive model which has 300 miles of range (482km), can carry 1500kg in the tray, and tow 4500kg.
It does the 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in a claimed 4.5 seconds, which is faster than a Volkswagen Golf R or Holden Commodore V8 sedan.
The top of the line Tesla Cybertruck costs from $US69,900 ($AUD103,300) for a tri-motor all-wheel drive model which has 500 miles of range (800km), can carry 1500kg, and tow 6300kg.
The 0 to 60mph (96kmh) performance of this model is claimed to be just 2.9 seconds, quicker than a standard Porsche 911.
All versions of the Tesla Cybertruck will come with adaptive air suspension so the vehicle has a low ride at freeway speeds to better slip through the air, and class-leading ground clearance when heading off-road.
The tailgate, ingeniously, has a slide-out tray that doubles as a ramp to load quad bikes or motor bikes. The rear suspension also dropped automatically as the tailgate opened.
Meanwhile, industry analysts are yet to determine if the Tesla Cybertruck is close to showroom-ready or if it’s some kind of outlandish stunt.
Safety experts have questioned whether or not its blunt front end would meet pedestrian protection and crash safety standards. Others have questioned the outward visibility given the small glass area and slabbed sides.
Tesla has so far declined to elaborate on what changes – if any – will be required ahead of the Cybertruck going into production.