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Tesla Cybertruck vs. an armored truck

Elon’s futuristic behemoth isn’t the only threat on the roads
Zarian Iqbal
A Cybertruck is parked boldly under the pouring rain. The vehicle clearly makes the statement it’s not to be messed with.

Picture this: You’re crossing the street at a two-way intersection and waiting for two cars to make a full stop.

The Tesla Cybertruck with its PlayStation graphics look and massive presence is on one end of the intersection. On the other end is an armored truck that belongs to former NBA player J.R Smith.

While one of these cars looks like a futuristic electric phenomenon, the other seems like it rolled out of a Hollywood action movie. Let’s rev up this comparison and see which wheels reign supreme.

First, let’s talk about the aesthetics of these vehicles. Designed by Elon Musk himself, the Cybertruck immediately grabs your eye with its angular body shape. It’s like driving a UFO through rush hour traffic.

On the other hand, Smith’s armored truck looks menacing with the pair of the all-black and muscular exterior. At first glance, it screams, “Move over, I’m coming through!” Both stand out in their own respective ways.

In terms of performance, Tesla’s Cybertruck has lightning fast acceleration, going from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. To add to that, it takes the eco-friendly crown with its electric engine that is powered by Tesla’s signature electric motors. It also produces zero emissions.

Meanwhile, Smith’s armored truck is not eco-friendly. The roaring engine equipped on that thing could probably serve as a neighborhood alarm clock. And recent studies suggest that the former athlete’s vehicle is one of the leading causes of climate change.

Serviceability is another arena where these two battle. Through the first five months of the Tesla Cybertruck’s release, it seemed to be a pretty reliable vehicle. But just recently there was a massive recall on them because of a problem with the accelerator pedals.

If we’re being honest though, reliability is the last thing people think of if they are wanting to purchase the Cybertruck. The same goes for Smith’s vehicle. I can guarantee you the idea of reliability never crossed his mind when he purchased his armored truck. Who cares about reliability as long as you have the biggest and baddest vehicle on the road, right?

When it comes to technology, the Cybertruck has autopilot capabilities and an ultra-hard stainless-steel exoskeleton exterior. One could say it’s bulletproof. But could it withstand a hit from Smith’s armored truck?
That’s the real question. Smith’s truck is like the Batmobile of today’s world. With its indestructible tires, he could drive through just about anything. Traffic jam? Simply drive over the cars in front of him like they’re just another speed bump.

But let’s not forget about the most important factor of all: street cred. Sure, the Cybertruck might win over people who favor an electric vehicle. But Smith’s armored truck definitely earns all the cool points that one could offer. It could go in the world’s most valuable basketball memorabilia. On top of that, he might just have people chanting his name as he bulldozes through the streets.

These two vehicles may look similar when parked side by side, but when diving deeper consumers will realize they have more differences than similarities.

Both of these vehicles are going to turn heads. Whether you prefer a more sleek look that comes with the Cybertruck or the rugged, bodybuilder looking truck of Smith’s custom ride, it’s hard to deny that.

While the Tesla Cybertruck may have the edge in terms of speed and eco-friendliness, Smith’s armored truck takes the intimidation factor trophy hands down.

It’s truly the ultimate showdown between insanity and innovation, with no clear winner in sight.

So, which would you choose?

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Trevor Allen
Trevor Allen, Staff Writer
Trevor Allen is a senior and a newcomer to the newspaper team and is looking forward to writing and developing stories. In his free time he likes to play basketball, hang with friends, and watch sports. He is excited about new opportunities in newspaper.

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