Taking delivery of Australia’s first 2022 Tesla Cybertruck… kind of


It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally got our hands on a 2022 Tesla Cybertruck*. Batteries not included…


We were as shocked as the rest of the world when Tesla’s Elon Musk unveiled its first-ever utility vehicle, the 2022 Tesla Cybertruck. Sporting science fiction styling, and a list of boasts unmatched by other utes, the Cybertruck split opinion straight down the middle.

But despite a design that’s almost certain to fail Australian Design Rules, local enthusiasts were only too willing to slap down a $150 deposit in the hopes that it will one day grace Australian shores.

Luckily, it turns out the Tesla Cybertruck is coming to Australia after all, of sorts. It’s just a bit smaller than expected and is remotely controlled.

In the absence of the real deal, whose Australian relevancy remains a mystery, we’ve done the next best thing and picked up a 1:10 toy-spec version to see if any parallels can be drawn.   

This is the 1:10 scale Hot Wheels Tesla Cybertruck which is a toy-level remote controlled (RC) car. It first went on sale in mid-September with a list price of $199, though our version was picked up through click-and-collect on launch day from Target for $159. When originally launched in the United States, a US$400 (AU$550) hardcore version with more features and specs was available, though Australian buyers are limited to the entry-level toy version.

But, for a toy grade build, initial impressions are good. It comes with the similarly styled Tesla Cyberquad ATV inside the tray, a nice little nod to the life-size car, a non-removable lithium-ion battery (kind of like the real deal), and long-travel suspension ready for all the bush-bashing you can conquer in 20-30 minutes of run time.

Both the front and rear unibeam lights work, it can apparently hit speeds of up to 18km/h, and the remote control is styled to look like the Cybertruck’s yoke-style steering wheel.

Though not particularly special, the box it comes in is pretty cool, but the way the Cybertruck sits inside is a bit average. There’s a single broadsheet style manual booklet and some protective “pre-delivery” sheets to keep it away from harm, though that didn’t stop our car from being delivered complete with a giant scratch on the bonnet. So quality control matches Tesla’s own, then.

We won’t go too in-depth on the Cybertruck just yet as it’s just been plugged in for its first 2–3-hour charge. Stay tuned for the full review coming soon.

Tom started out in the automotive industry by exploiting his photographic skills but quickly learned that journalists got the better end of the deal. He began with CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar and subsequently returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 during its transition to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews, advice, and holds a special interest in long-form feature stories. He understands that every car buyer is unique and has varying requirements when it comes to buying a new car, but equally, there’s also a loyal subset of Drive audience that loves entertaining enthusiast content. Tom holds a deep respect for all things automotive no matter the model, priding himself on noticing the subtle things that make each car tick. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something new in an everchanging industry, which is then imparted to the Drive reader base.

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