Elon Musk unveils Tesla's new Cybertruck with disastrous speed bump: 'We'll fix it'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his company's latest invention on Thursday: A futuristic-looking, metallic pickup truck that immediately took the internet by storm

The vehicle, known as the "Cybertruck," will have a range of 250 to 500 miles on its all-electric battery, and can reportedly haul more weight than a Ford F-150. 

But there was one feature that caused the vehicle to immediately go viral, thanks to a disastrous window test during Thursday night's live demo — it's supposedly "bulletproof" exterior. 

Musk claimed the Cybertruck could withstand massive amounts of force to its exterior, including bullets from a 9-millimeter handgun. The Tesla team proceeded to pound the car's doors with a sledgehammer, an action that failed to leave a single dent. 

Soon after, the demonstrators decided to toss a metal ball into the Cybertruck's windows, further displaying its durability. 

That decision did not go exactly as planned, however. 

The dense ball was supposedly meant to bounce right off the truck's windows, just as everything else before it had. Instead, it completely shattered the glass. 

"Oh my f****** God," Musk exclaimed during the demonstration. "Well, maybe that was a little too hard."

Musk, not ready to count out his "bulletproof" vehicle, asked the demonstrator to toss the ball again. The result was, unfortunately, the exact same.

"We threw wrenches, we threw everything even literally the kitchen sink at the glass and it didn’t break," Musk said, as the truck now had two smashed windows. "For some weird reason, it broke now. I don’t know why. We will fix it in post."

The Tesla CEO seemed to take the hilarious mistake in stride, but social media immediately seized on the incident.

"He didn't claim the windows were bulletproof. The stainless steel doors are. Still an all-time fail though," on Twitter user wrote. 

"Somebody is def going to be fired for this embarrassment," another added. 

Despite the hilarity surrounding the launch, there's a lot more going on with the Cybertruck than just its windows. Here's everything you need to know about the new vehicle.

What you need to know about Tesla's new Cybertruck

The Cybertruck is Tesla's sixth vehicle since the company launched back in 2003, and its first-ever electric pickup truck. That's an important step for the electric car company, considering trucks accounted for one in every six vehicles purchased in the U.S. in 2018, according to The Drive

So what does it cost? Base models of the Cybertruck will reportedly start at $39,900, around $10,000 more than the Ford F-150, which the car has been consistently compared with. There will be three different models when production on the Cybertruck starts in 2021, with the most expensive version costing $69,000. 

It's a fully electric vehicle, with a battery that lasts 250, 300 or 500 miles, depending on the model. And that durability stuff? It's no joke: Window-smashing jokes aside, the car can withstand massive amounts of punishment, in addition to being able to carry an estimated 14,000 pounds

Lastly, there's the performance. Musk has claimed that the truck's most expensive model can reach 60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds, a figure more in line with elite sports cars (for comparison, the Porsche 911 takes 3.0 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour). 

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