When Tesla unveiled its futuristic Cybertruck last November, it certainly got credit for introducing a design that looked vastly different from anything else on the market.
Spy cars and retro sci-fi designs inspired the Cybertruck
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Musk has pointed to several sources of inspiration for the Cybertruck’s design. One, the Lotus Espirit, was a sleek car driven by James Bond in the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me” that even transformed into a submarine. Musk loved the car so much he bought it at an auction for nearly $1 million.
So far, other automakers haven’t joined the bandwagon, but that hasn’t stopped people from wondering what some of their popular models might look if they had followed Tesla’s lead.
Leasing Options, an auto lending site based in the UK, did exactly that. The company reimagined five iconic cars — the Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle, Jaguar F-Type, Bugatti Veyron, and Range Rover Evoque — with the Cybertruck’s sharp corners.
Here’s what they came up with.
The MINI Cooper’s rounded design, which it has largely kept since its 1959 inception, is replaced by a squared-off top, headlights, and front grill.
Even in 2020, The MINI Cooper has stayed true in many ways to the original 1959 version, and Leasing Options wanted to pay homage to the British classic while also incorporating new ideas from Tesla.
“The challenge was to add elements of the Cybertruck while maintaining the iconic design elements of each car,” Leasing Options sales and marketing director Mike Thompson told Business Insider.
Volkswagen’s Beetle loses its bubble-shaped body in favor of wide, angular wheel hubs and a solar panel — but keeps its iconic rims.
Volkswagen killed the Beetle in 2018 after selling 23 million of them over an impressive 81-year run. In Leasing Options’ Cybertruck revival, its legendary curves met their demise as well in favor of a boxier body — but the team kept the iconic wheel hubs “as a nod to the old design.”
It also got a solar panel roof in fitting Tesla fashion (Musk hinted last year that the Cybertruck could have a solar roof option in the future).
Jaguar’s F-Type, which itself got a revamp recently, has more aggressive lines that make it even sportier than its pre-Cybertrucked days.
Jaguar gave the F-Type an edgier look in its 2021 update, but Leasing Options took it a step further for the Cybertruck version, “with its classic styling thrown out the window.”
While the grill design doesn’t stray too far, the wheel hubs and tail lines stand out as much closer to something Musk and his team might dream up.
Bugatti’s Veyron, once the fastest car in the world, tries to leverage the Cybertruck’s aerodynamics for some additional top-end speed.
The Bugatti Veyron, once the world’s fastest production car, turned 15 this year.
In Leasing Options’ revamp, they kept its hallmark side vents, but traded in the Italian supercar’s sleek, rounded body for a wedge-like front end clearly inspired by the Cybertruck.
Range Rover’s Evoque may wear its Cybertruck skin best — and boasts serious off-road capabilities where Tesla has yet to prove itself.
Similar to Musk, Land Rover design head Gerry McGovern welcomed the scorn for the Evoque, which has gone on to be a top-seller, despite its initially polarizing styling.
Leasing Options said the Evoque “may suit the Cybertruck revamp the most,” keeping “classic Range Rover styling” with a new look that “matches the refined architecture behind the original car.”
The Evoque would also benefit from Range Rover’s legendary off-road track record. While Musk claimed that the Cybertruck can float “for a while,” it still hasn’t proven itself in tough terrain.
Tesla’s Cybertruck is the first-generation iPhone of the auto world
The Cybertruck may not yet have mass appeal, but that could just be a matter of time, according to Leasing Option’s Mike Thompson, who called it “the automotive sector’s version of the first iPhone that was released in 2007.”
Thompson predicted that many automakers may go in different directions initially, but ultimately will follow suit with similar approaches, meaning we could see a lot more designs like the Cybertruck.
“The thing that I like most about the Cybertruck is that it will force its competitors to innovate,” Thompson said. “Once in a while you have a car that comes along and it makes everyone rethink their approach.”
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